Southeast Asia 2007

CIEE Spring 2007, Angkor Wat in Siem Reap Cambodia

I did my study abroad my spring semester of my junior year of college (2007) in Southeast Asia. I spent three months (February – May) based out of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and one month (May-June) based out of Siem Reap, Cambodia. At the end of the trip, I decompressed for a week in Bangkok, Thailand before heading home to Washington, D.C.

The entries for this trip are here.
Photographs are available on my flickr account.

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)