Shansi house, located at 58 E. College in Oberlin, was purchased by Oberlin Shansi in 2000. It’s right across the street from the Slow Train Cafe and is used for a variety of campus events, such as Fellowship orientation sessions, board meetings and dumpling parties.
More importantly though, Shansi House is the home of Oberlin Shansi visiting scholars. Every semester, we host scholars from our partner sites in China, India and Indonesia. We also host other more short-term visitors like Aimee Lee, who was here for the month of January teaching a paper-making course.
Now, let’s take a tour.
On the first floor of Shansi House there is a living room, and a large meeting space, a kitchen and an office. There are many posters from past Shansi events lining the walls and the stairways, and in the living room, you’ll find this portrait of Lydia Lord Davis, who was an important part of Oberlin Shansi history. If you are interested in learning about Shansi’s beginnings (they go back to about 1881), you can start by reading some of Lydia Lord Davis’ letters.
But wait, there’s more! On the second floor of Shansi House, there are five bedrooms and two kitchens. That’s where the visiting scholars live and spend most of their time. The returned fellow, who is appointed by Shansi for the year after completing a Shansi Fellowship, lives on the third floor. And yes, in case you were wondering, the third floor also has a kitchen.