Highlight: GSP – Asian American Identity

Elite Scholars China holds a series of Global Scholars Programs (GSP) for graduating high school seniors. These mini-inquiries are meant to help students hone professional and personal skills before they attend college in the U.S. Covering topics ranging from managing roommate expectations to time management, these workshops veer from the traditional educational consulting path to teach students about the cultural aspects of American college life. GSPs introduce students to fundamentals of U.S. culture and history and equips them with skills they will use in college and beyond.

Counselor Ray-Ting Fan led a GSP focusing on Asian American identity. Students were introduced to the concept of the Asian American community, its diversity, history, as well as prevalent issues Asian Americans face today. Students read an excerpt from Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng and watched Youtube content and a TedX Talk created by Asian American artists and influencers. Through this workshop, students are better able to understand the Asian American peers they may meet in college, and the similarities and differences between their experience and that of an international student from China. Students will learn how to navigate U.S. social issues relating to identity.