Collin Chung is a recipient of the Summer 2019 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I am an undergraduate student majoring in international studies at the Jackson School with a focus on China in the context of growing environmental and geopolitical problems in the South China Sea. With support from the Global Studies FLAS fellowship, I was able to intensively study Mandarin Chinese in Kunming, a city on the southwest frontier of China that is at the forefront of many of these changes. Through this program, both my language skills and understanding of the issues surrounding the South China Sea and China’s peripheries were deepened. FLAS has allowed me to establish a firm basis in the Chinese language that will set me up for future work in the region.