Published 03/07/17

Passion for China, nurtured at Bryant, drives Tara Long '17

Major: Chinese
Minor: Marketing
Hometown: Nagasaki, Japan
Path: Graduate studies in political science in Shanghai

Tara Long ’17 has called Japan home since she was three and has traveled to more than a dozen countries. Her full passport led to an interest in language and culture, but her time in China is what stays with her.

“It’s a fascinating country,” says Long, a Chinese major. “I went there for the first time when I was eight and I left thinking that I want to be a tour guide and explore more of the country.”

As an intern at the Chafee Center for International Business, Long conducts market research and provides translation services.

Long’s passion for China was a factor even when she decided that she wanted to attend college in the United States. She only toured one university.

“I just loved Bryant’s commitment to China,” she says. Events like Chinese New Year and STARTALK "are a really big deal here.” Long has worked with the STARTALK program, a two-week language learning and culture experience for middle school and high school students that Bryant hosts each summer. She has also worked at Bryant’s U.S.-China Institute and Confucius Institute.

During her junior year, Long studied at East China Normal University in Shanghai where "the process of adapting to a new culture was incredible.”

As an intern at the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant, Long conducts market research and provides translation services. “Tara’s knowledge of Japanese and Chinese are vital to us,” says Chafee Center Director Raymond Fogarty ’79.

Her language skills are also in demand at Collette Tours, a Rhode Island-based tourism company, where Long provides Japanese translations as the company builds its presence in Japan.

“Tara has done excellent work in working with me and our Japanese product manager in setting up appointments in Japan,” says Collette President and CEO Daniel Sullivan, Jr. She also helped translate contracts and the details of potential contracts. “Her work has been invaluable to Collette and has allowed us to launch our Japan tour for 2017 with great success.”

Long will return to Shanghai after Commencement. With a Chinese government scholarship that will cover room, board, and tuition, she will pursue a graduate degree in political science at East China Normal University.

After four years at Bryant, Long says, “I’m more driven now. I’ve gained a lot of confidence and I’m much more aware of how business operates internationally.”