Rui Xiang

xiangClass of 2010
Major: Finance
Minor: Japanese Language & Culture

I have been working within different product groups of investment banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in the New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. Part of my stint in Tokyo included coverage of Trading Companies such as Mitsubishi Corp, Marubeni Corp, Mitsui Bussan, Sumitomo Corp and Itochu. These companies gained incredible social status within the Japan bubble days due to their exposure across many business sectors and were heralded as the source of international knowledge for all of Japan. Although the internet age has changed things, they are still notorious for being the most elite and intense of all Japanese companies. Seeing the work culture and relationships within these firms was an incredible experience. In my spare time, I’ve traveled to quite a few places, picked up tennis and DJing, and am studying for my boat operator license!

Diane Yuen

DianeClass of 2010
Major: Japanese Language & Culture
Minors: International Studies and Sociology

I taught English in Hokkaido through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme for 3 years after graduation. I am currently a Master student at Purdue University.

Cynthia Herendeen

Cynthia HClass of 2009
Double major: Biology and Japanese Language & Culture

After undergraduate school I got my Masters in Management also from Wake, so I’m a Double Deac! Then I went to Japan and spent three amazing years teaching English in Himi in Toyama Prefecture through the JET Program. Now I’m in the BAYADA Home Health Care Associate Leadership Development Program. This program lasts six months and is a rotational training program so I get to work at several different offices before settling in a final location at the end of the six months. Right now I’m in the Raleigh Pediatrics Office and I love helping to find nurses to take care of sick kids so that they can live at home rather than stay in a hospital.

Brian Lincoln

BrianClass of 2009
Majors: Philosophy and Japanese

I stayed at Wake for the M.A. in Management program and graduated in 2010. I moved back to Albuquerque and became a credit analyst at a regional, publicly-traded bank. A change was in order, so I decided to move to Denver where I work today as a credit analyst at a small, privately-held community bank.

John Xenakis

xenakisClass of 2009
Major: Finance
Minor: East Asian Studies (Chinese)
Briefly describe what you have done since graduation and what you are currently doing:

In August of 2009 I moved to Shanghai, China to teach and improve my Chinese. I worked for Scholastic teaching kindergarten at a local school until July 2010. I spent the fall of 2010 – June 2011 teaching in Dalian, China at Dalian University of Technology. During the spring of 2011 I applied and was accepted to attend the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) in Taipei, Taiwan, starting August 2011.

I arrived in Taiwan and studied there until June 2012. It was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend students spend some time in Taiwan to enrich your Chinese learning experience.

During the summer of 2012 I began a position at CET Academic Programs to be the Assistant Director of their Hangzhou, China program. My responsibilities were vast and encompassed all non-academic elements of the program. This ranged from activity coordination to organizing the program budget. In June 2013 I returned to the US.

In August 2013 I started at The Economist. I began in a Leadership Development Program which was designed to rotate throughout four different positions over the course of two years. My first 6+ months were spent in our Thought Leadership & Custom Content Sales Team. In April I transitioned to the Integrated Marketing team. I recently moved off of the rotational program and will on the Integrated Marketing team full-time.

Tesia Smith

Tesia photoClass of 2008
Majors: Communications and Japanese Language & Culture

Upon graduation I joined the JET Programme and taught English to elementary and junior high school students in Aomori City, Aomori, Japan. I loved the beauty and culture of this northern prefecture so much that I decided to stay for five years. I returned from Aomori in August 2013 and graduated this spring (2014) from George Washington University with a masters in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Sustainability. I am currently working at Deep Creek 2014 in Western Maryland which is the host production organization for the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships. Over 50 countries will be participating in this whitewater event this September, including Japan!

Stephen G. Collins

StephenClass of 2007
Major: Finance
Minor: Japanese

Shortly after graduation I moved to Tokyo to work for Lehman Brothers global real estate team. I currently work for UBS AG Tokyo in electronic Foreign Exchange sales covering Japanese retail aggregators and banks.