I graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Language Studies. Language Studies at U.C. Santa Cruz is a combination of their very rigorous linguistics courses, a focus in a language and culture. My focus was in Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture. In addition, I spent the summer of 2007 in China in an intensive Mandarin language study abroad program at Beijing Normal University.
I am currently studying Communicative Disorders and Sciences at San Jose State University in order to eventually become a Speech Pathologist.
- Speech Pathology
- Second Language Learning
- Language Development
- Mandarin Chinese
- Linguistics (particularly Phonetics)
- Modern History
- Culture and Education
- Educational Technology
Below is a short collection of the more interesting papers I've written.
- Great Aspirations: A study of how native speakers of American English who have never before spoken Chinese reproduce native Mandarin sounds, particularly plosives; includes potential applications fo findings. This was my senior capstone project for the Language Studies degree.
- Indian Children's Educational Experiences: A paper based in research and personal interviews on Indian children's educational experiences in the United States, including the impacts of cultural capital, class, and parental involvement and how the U.S. educational system can work to best serve these children. This paper was for an upper-division course entitled "Schooling and Asian Cultures".
- Realities and Depictions of Divorce in the Song Dynasty: An analysis of the portrayal of divorce in the novel Outlaws of the Marsh (also known as The Water Margin), specifically the case of Lin Chong and his wife Jin Shi. This paper was for an upper division Chinese course on historic Chinese writings.