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Tyler Grant '12 Putting Fulbright Fellowship to Good Use

Tyler Grant, a 2012 graduate of Washington and Lee, is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan. A double major in politics and East Asian languages and literature, he chose Taiwan to further his studies of Chinese and to continue his political studies. On this latter score, Tyler has published three op-eds about issues related to his research on international relations.

Most recently, Tyler wrote “Citizenship of Convenience” for YaleGlobal Online, a publication of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He explores issues related to last fall’s decision by the U.S. to add Taiwan to the Visa Waiver Program.

“Lifting travel-visa requirements for Taiwanese will undoubtedly ease the challenges to birth tourism and add to the US immigration problem,” he writes, concluding that “the United States and Taiwan must work together to regulate transient citizens who seek benefits and rights without taking on the responsibilities of citizenship – or the consequences could be costly, ruining travel opportunities for all.”

Last December, Tyler published an op-ed about “birth tourists” in the Richmond Times-Dispatch that touched on some of the same issues.

And not long after he started his fellowship last summer, Tyler wrote about Sino-U.S. relations in connection with the presidential election in the Roanoke Times.

While at W&L, Tyler spent a summer teaching in China as a volunteer with Harvard World Teach on a Johnson Opportunity Grant.