Greetings from Lin, Program Co-Director
Dear Westridge China Trip Participants,
Hi! My name is Lin Fu and I will be one of the Global LAB program directors for your trip. Since we won't be meeting face to face until our departure date, I want to take this chance to introduce myself to all of you.
I graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in May 2006 with a degree in International Economics, concentrating on economic growth, transition, and development. After graduation, I spent about six months in East Asia, traveling around China and then studying cross-strait relations and Taiwanese political economy in Taiwan on a Georgetown-National Chengchi University China Studies Fellowship. I am currently a project management consultant within IBM's Global Business Services division, a position I started after getting back to the States in January of last year.
Growing up, I spent most of my summers in China. I'm of Chinese descent and have many relatives there. At the risk of sounding like a tourism pamphlet, I'll say that China –as a rapidly developing country– offers a fascinating juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern. Our itinerary in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai will serve to underscore this point and will give you a taste of what China is like today. I know you will enjoy our 12 days there.
If I had to give just once piece of advice, it would be to keep an open mind and have fun! I can't wait to meet everyone.