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GAVIN SWEE

HOMETOWN:
Singapore                         
HIGH SCHOOL:
Raffles Junior College         
MAJOR:
East Asian Studies and History
STUDY ABROAD:
China and Singapore                    
THESIS:

In writing a ”biography“ of Singaporean Chinese orchestra conductor Tay Teow Kiat, I will examine sociocultural developments affecting the Chinese community in Singapore and explore wider issues in history, culture, and identity in the context of the Chinese diaspora.

ACTIVITIES:
I play in the Chinese Music Ensemble and work at the vegan station at Usdan Marketplace. I previously worked for Residential Life as House Manager of Asian/Asian American House, chaired the Freeman Asian Scholars Association and tutored in the Writing Programs. I also served as a Teaching Apprentice for Japanese, and staffed various events at the Center for the Arts.  
OUTSIDE
WESLEYAN:
My interests in pedagogy and education policy have led to many teaching opportunities in a variety of educational settings in Singapore. I’ve also participated in policy discussions with Singapore’s Ministry of Education. Food and Chinese music are my other reigning passions.
FAVORITE WESLEYAN EXPERIENCE:
I enjoy my weekly shift at Usdan. In just three hours, I manage to have wonderfully meaningful conversations with my coworkers and managers, and trade cooking ideas and recipes with the chefs. I also get to watch people’s faces light up when I dole out their weekly serving of Apple Crisp!  
AFTER
WESLEYAN:

I will return to Singapore to become a History and English teacher. I hope to contribute to education policies in Singapore and work to further develop the intersections between education and the arts.

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