Amalia Feld '12 Awarded State Dept. Critical Language Scholarship
Amalia Feld ’12 Awarded State Dept. Critical
by Stacey Kutish
Amalia Feld '12
Swarthmore College first year student Amalia Feld is the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for intensive study of the Chinese language. The scholarship will allow her to participate in fully-funded summer-long Mandarin Chinese program in Su Zhou, China.
"I am particularly excited about the fact that in addition to studying the Chinese language, I will also become acquainted with contemporary Chinese social issues through coursework and special lectures," Feld says. "I hope to build upon my work this summer by pursuing a China-themed public policy internship my junior year and even a China-focused thesis my senior year."
Feld, from Kinderhook, N.Y., plans to major in economics and minor in public policy and Chinese. She has a long standing interest in Asia, having lived there as a young child. Over time her interests in the region have become focused on agricultural policy and rural development issues. "I hope to work on these issues from a legal or international development perspective," Feld says, "and believe that fluency in Chinese and familiarity with Chinese culture will prove to be invaluable resources as I engage with these topics now and in the future."