All posts by Signe Knutson

Hailing from Seattle with one of the largest Chinese-American populations in the U.S., Wilson had always been surrounded by Chinese culture and language. As an Asian American himself, he saw the interaction with Chinese-Americans as an important cultural exchange. Wilson wanted to participate in NSLI-Y to continue cultural exchange through proficiency in the Chinese language. Wilson took part in the summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout the six week program, he participated in Chinese classes about four hours each weekday. During the classes, he and his peers would participateRead More
On Wednesday, November 14, at 9:00 am EST, NSLI-Y students from the Korea and Taiwan Academic Year programs will together present on the theme of Citizen Ambassadorship. The presenters will share about why citizen ambassadorship is important and what it means to them. This event is part of International Education Week: International Education Week (IEW), November 12-16, 2018 is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of ourRead More
William pictured outside a restaurant with his host family

Posted On October 24, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Homecoming

William Yee is from Los Angeles, California and participated in the 2018 Taiwan summer program. He is currently a student at the University of Chicago. I’m not Chinese. I’m American. Despite being the son of a Taiwanese immigrant, I constantly told myself this, adhering to the advice of my parents: Don’t be the stereotypical, antisocial Chinese kid. Pop culture was an incessant reminder that we amount to little more than underappreciated, behind-the-scenes geniuses. Or, in Hollywood, nerdy sidekicks to the dashing, charismatic protagonist. If I hoped to one day shatterRead More
Picture of Kyla in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 9, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Studying Abroad with Anxiety

Kyla is from Denver, Colorado and participated in the 2018 Korea summer program. 안녕하세요! 저는 카일라입니다. 콜로라도 주에서왔습니다. 이번 여름에 한국에서 공부했습니다. 한국어를 많이 배웠습니다. 한국에 다시 가고 싶습니다. 한국어를 더 공부하고 싶습니다. 제 이야기를 즐겁게 읽어주셨으면 감사하겠습니다! Hello! My name is Kyla and I am from Colorado. I studied in South Korea this past summer and I learned a lot of Korean. I want to go to Korea again and study more Korean. Please enjoy reading my story! I had never been away from my family for more thanRead More
Danielle and friends pictures in traditional Korean dress
Danielle is from Miami, FL and is an alumna of the 2017 Korean summer program. Some of the experiences I valued most that the NSLI-Y program provided me with were instances where I was provided with the opportunity to teach someone something new, that they may have never been able to understand otherwise. South Korea, a country I’d previously thought, as it was so technologically and economically forward, was a global society, similar to the U.S. in that knowledge about other cultures would be so easy to access, that everyoneRead More
Title slide of webinar
On October 24th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the first ever NSLI-Y Indonesian Alumni Webinar. NSLI-Y had its first Indonesian summer program this year (2018) and alumni from the program shared about their program experience through pictures, stories, and reflections. We invite you to watch the recording of this special event if you would like to learn more about NSLI-Y Indonesian.   Introducing the speakers for the event: Hello, my name is Aurelia and I’m from Spokane Valley Washington. I wanted to study Bahasa Indonesia so that I could learn more about IndonesiaRead More
Photo of Kate on a swing
Kate is from Madison, WI and participated in the 2017-18 Chinese AY program in Taiwan. Born in the Guangxi Zhuang region of China, Kate Jasenski was adopted at a year old. She grew up embracing American multiculturalism with both her American life and Chinese heritage as a large part of her identity. To increase her connection to her Chinese background, Kate wanted to learn Chinese to make connections and build relationships.   “Language is the most basic way people connect with one another. Connecting through language would help me better understandRead More
Title slide of webinar presentation
On September 27, 2018 NSLI-Y Interactive the first webinar of the 2018-2019 season. This webinar featured four alumni who shared how they have used stories from NSLI-Y in their lives and careers. From college applications to outreach to breaking regional stereotypes, these alumni provided valuable insight and tips on how to effectively share about NSLI-Y. Watch the full recording of the event here. Speaker Bios: Hi everyone! My name is Caroline and I’m from North Carolina. I’m a NSLI-Y Moldovan Summer 2017 alumna. Currently, I’m finishing up my senior yearRead More
Halle posing with her host parents

Posted On September 4, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

My Second Family in Latvia

Halle is from Baltimore, MD and participated in the 2018 Russian summer program in Latvia. Before I came to live in Latvia for six weeks I knew that I wanted to live in a host family with siblings. I wanted to get the opportunity to bond with someone my age from a different culture than my own. Luckily, I got matched up with a wonderful family with 3 daughters. I’ll never forget the time when I met the youngest of three host siblings, the 2 year old named Veronica, whoRead More
Manasa with her Taiwanese friends
Manasa is from New Albany, OH and participated in the 2018 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. 大家好!我叫美娜,我是高中十二年级学生。这个夏天我去台湾学习中文。(Hi Everyone!My name is Manasa, a rising senior from Columbus, Ohio on the 2018 NSLI-Y Mandarin Chinese summer program in Taiwan.) I think it is very important to learn different languages so we are able to immerse ourselves in and appreciate cultures that are different from our own. It is always very important to remember that language and linguistics is something that is used in almost every single field. I experienced this first handRead More