Alumnae Corner

EALC and EAS Alumnae profiles

This page is dedicated to recent EALC and EAS alumnae: what they studied at Wellesley and how it impacted their post-graduate lives. Are you an EALC/EAS Alum? Send us your story!

Also, see our newly published "Japanese Women at Wellesley" website curated by Mika Morikawa '17, Sophia Vale '17, Shane Cox '18, and Maggie Jennings '18! 

Alumnae Spotlight

East Asian Studies






Xiao "CL" Tian '10

CL is currently the business owner of PINKOA and a consultant.

How did your EALC Major/Minor contribute or influence your future on a professional and/or personal level?
I now do projects with owners of multinational companies who focus on China or Japan, traveling there 1-2 times a year, and linking them with opportunities in the US. My clients in the US rely on my expertise about the countries to do joint projects with my clients/contacts in East Asia.

Are you using your EALC language, literature, cultural studies experiences in the workplace?
Yes. I do business with China and Japan, using the Japanese language and culture I learned during study abroad to make doing business easier. Contacts abroad trust me more because I have a deeper understanding of their backgrounds/traditions/expectations because of what I learned at Wellesley.

Were your study abroad and/or internships experiences relevant to your career path?
Yes. The connections, language training, and intuition I had developed from study abroad I now use to advise clients on entering the Japanese market and developing partnerships.