Yasmin Kaiser grew up near Chicago, Illinois and attended Wellesley College where she graduated with a double major in Environmental Studies and East Asian Languages and Cultures. Her Environmental Studies major focused on sustainable development, environmental policy, and environmental justice using an interdisciplinary approach to study humans’ relationships with the environment. Yasmin hopes to pursue internships that combine her interests in the environment and Chinese language study during the fellowship. At Wellesley she took on leadership roles in Wellesley College Freestyle, the hip hop dance company, and Wellesley Kapatid, the Filipinx cultural organization. She also danced with Wellesley College Dancers, volunteered with the Chinatown Afterschool Program, and worked various work study and part time jobs. Yasmin has trained in ballet and circus arts from a young age and plans to continue developing her aerial arts and acrobatics skills further in Taipei. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and discovering new cafes and bakeries.
Asha graduated from Georgetown University in 2021 with a degree in Chinese and Asian Studies. For the past two years, she has been teaching English in Chiayi county as a Fulbright scholar. Asha also serves as a co-chair on the Fulbright Taiwan Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. As a co-chair, she has organized numerous workshops and invited community members to speak about Taiwanese culture and culturally responsive education. Through the VELD program, she is excited to keep studying Mandarin intensively as well as continue to explore her interests in education and equity. In her free time, Asha is an avid runner and dancer. She loves training for races and taking both hip hop and heels choreography dance classes.