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Jack Kamensky (丁振飞)


HOMETOWN: Arlington, Virginia

UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE: The College of William and Mary

UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR: Government and Chinese

DOMAIN AREA: The Effects of Urbanization in China

INTERESTS: Martial Arts, Chinese, Exercise, Drawing, Traveling


I have been interested in China because of martial arts ever since high school, but I did not start studying Chinese language until my second year of university, and even this was entirely on a whim. After having the opportunity to study abroad in Beijing at Tsinghua University during the summer and fall semester of my junior year though, I became fascinated with both Chinese language and culture. This experience led me to pursue Chinese as one of my majors. In fact, this experience made me so captivated by China that I returned to Beijing the following year to teach English and travel. As I studied the language more, I only became more interested, and after graduation, I went to study Mandarin for a year at Sichuan University in Chengdu under a Chinese government scholarship. In Chengdu, I made big strides in both my Wushu and language abilities. With the goal of continuing to improve my Chinese fluency and attaining the capacity to work as a professional in a Chinese language environment, I am now currently enrolled as a student in Ohio State’s Chinese Flagship Program, with China’s urbanization as my domain area of study. Never before in history has urbanization occurred on the scale and speed at which it is happening in China, and I feel truly lucky to have this opportunity to research the effects that this is having on different aspects of life in China.


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K12 Program

The K-12 Program partners with elementary and secondary schools throughout Ohio and the Midwest to establish effective Chinese language programs. We provide assistance with curriculum development, teacher training, and technology support.


The Undergraduate Program trains beginning and intermediate students to achieve an advanced level of linguistic and cultural expertise in as little as four years. It is possible to earn a combined Bachelor's and Master's degree with only one additional year of coursework.

Graduate Program

Designed for students with advanced language proficiency, the Graduate Program leads to a Master of Arts in East Asian Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture.

Overseas Center

The Flagship China center, located in Suzhou, China, offers Summer Semester immersion programs for undergraduate and graduate students, and operates the Flagship Internship Program. Multiple levels of study are available from high beginner through advanced.