Career Fest 2013: East Asia Career Panel
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Student Union (STU) B3, USC
EASC is proud to announce the first East Asia Career Panel as a part of USC Career Fest 2013. It is aimed at all students interested in using East Asian language and area studies skills in their future professions and learning about the different career options available. Our impressive alumni panelists come from East Asia-related professions in business consulting, international trade, non-profit, marketing, and education. The panel will be followed by a Q&A and networking opportunity. All USC students are welcome.
Click here to view a video recording of the event.
Ethan has a background in International Relations and has worked for both Chinese and Taiwanese companies during his time in Asia. An experienced liaison between government, academia, and the private sector, Ethan received his Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and East Asian Languages & Cultures (Chinese) from the University of Southern California (USC) and his Master’s degree in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS). He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Katherine Estrada is Assistant Director of Asia Society Southern California. Katherine joined the Asia Society after several years of working with non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. Katherine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies with a South Asia regional focus and Global Studies with an East Asia regional emphasis from the University of California at Santa Barbara. As an undergraduate, she spent 6 months studying in Beijing. Katherine has a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and participated in a student led consulting project in Foshan, China during her graduate studies.
In her position as Assistant Director she works to advance Asia Society's mission of promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context by organizing and facilitating a rich variety of programs that cover topics that range from business and economics in Asia to Asian arts and culture.
Jonathan Kaji is the President of Kaji & Associates. Founded in 1984, it has established itself as a business consultancy to meet the unique needs of companies doing business in the Pacific. The firm has a diverse range of experience including practices in real estate, economic development, international trade and emerging technologies.
Mr. Kaji, a graduate of the University of Southern California, attended Loyola University School of Law, Los Angeles; Waseda University and Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Kaji was a member of the President's Export Council under President George Bush (1990-1992). He served as the Director of the State of California Office of Trade and Investment and was involved in more than $1.9 billion in California export transactions and foreign direct investment.
Mr. Kaji is a member of the California Commission for Economic Development; member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan; and member of the Board of Governors of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Mr. Kaji served as the President of the University of Southern California Asian Pacific Alumni Association and as a member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Little Tokyo Design Week.
As Recruiting Manager for Teach For China, Zabrina interfaces with university administrations, professors and students to cultivate and inspire the next generation of leaders to have a transformational impact on education inequity in China. Splitting her time between China and the US, Zabrina builds awareness around education inequity (in the Chinese context), to American audiences through presentations and lecture series.
Zabrina completed an MSc at the London School of Economics (UK), where her research focused on Globalization and upward social mobility in the Developing World. As a grad student, she presented at the 1st Canada-China Cultural Dialogue in Beijing. Her talk focused on youth, social media and its ability to connect cultures and create movements. Previously, Zabrina received her BA (Hons) from McGill University (Canada) in International Development and Sociology. Prior to joining Teach For China, Zabrina worked in public relations at a Fortune 500 firm in Beijing. Before that, Zabrina worked at several start-ups in Canada and the UK and continues to thrive on the energies of determined, innovative dreamers.
Chelsea Mason is the Marketing and Communications Director of Pacific Asia Museum and has been with the organization for over three years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame she spent a year living in Taiwan and traveling throughout Asia. She then returned to the U.S. to attend graduate school at USC, earning a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies. While at USC, Chelsea served as the managing editor of the US-China Institute’s online publication US-China Today, and also contributed articles focusing on the arts and social issues in China. Chelsea now oversees all aspects of communications at Pacific Asia Museum, including web and social media, press relations, and marketing.
Lisa Yi received EASC's Explore East Asia Scholarship (China) in 2005 during her sophomore year at USC. The scholarship helped spark a passion and determination to experience life overseas. After graduating with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations in 2008, she spent the next few years working first in Spain and then China. In Spain, she worked as an English teacher in a bilingual elementary school before joining the marketing team of an artisanal Spanish jewelry company. While in China, she was a producer and reporter for a news magazine program on China Radio International. Currently, Lisa is serving the Los Angeles Unified School District as a member of AmeriCorps in a dropout prevention program.
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