This was my original “About” page for when I started this blog back in 2007 in order to chronicle my time abroad.
My name is Amy. I am a twenty-one year old history major at Hollins University, a women’s college in Southwest Virginia, and I am writing this blog from Southeast Asia as I bumble my way through Vietnam, Cambodia, and -briefly- Thailand. I’m a feminist, an activist, a photographer, and an unfortunate product of my technology ridden generation of globalized suburbia. I grew up in New England and later, the DC Metro area. I have always had trouble with foreign languages, which conflicts with my love of travel and culture. It should make learning Vietnamese interesting, to say the least
I chose Indochina as my study abroad location primarily because I wanted to be as much out of my element as possible. The language, the politics, the religion, the culture of the region just might fit the bill. I’m also really interested in the history of modern 20th century foreign policy, particularly regarding Communism and Genocide Studies. The two of those interests combined, as well as the ability to see more than just one Asian country during my stay, made this program appeal to me.
My program in Vietnam is hosted at the CIEE Study Center at the Vietnam National University’s Ho Chi Minh International University.
My program in Cambodia is hosted by the Center for Khmer Rouge Studies.
Ho Chi Minh City = HCMC = Saigon
Where I Will Be and When:
|Leaving the US:||February 11th|
|Arrival in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:||February 12th|
|Siem Reap, Cambodia:||May 10 – 28|
|Phnom Penh, Cambodia:||May 28 – June 2|
|Siem Reap, Cambodia:||June 2 – June 10|
|Bangkok, Thailand:||June 10 – June 15th|
|Back in the US:||June 15th|
Classes I took:
(link to course catalog)
Beginning [Intensive] Vietnamese (Vietnam)
The History of Indochina (Vietnam)
Contemporary Society in the Countries of Indochina Today (Vietnam)
Sociology of Economic Development in Indochina (Vietnam)
Nation-Building in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge Genocide (Cambodia)