Category Archives: Southeast Asia

UNLEASH INNOVATION LAB 2018

What is UNLEASH? I’m going to be in Singapore for eight days for an Innovation Lab, UNLEASH, which unites and sponsors travel and accommodation for 1,000 young professionals from 106 countries and divides them into 8 large grouped-themes based on … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Visit to Saigon

Friday, October 20th 2017 Friday was Vietnamese Women’s Day, which is kind of like Mothers’ Day & Valentine’s Day put together. After work, it was raining and I walked to a small mobile phone shop near my house and bought … Continue reading

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Impressions of Yangon

September 2017 The Shwedagon Pagoda dominants Yangon’s skyline and the city’s exotic and sleepy vibrations. Trinh and I could see the Pagoda in-full from the rooftop of the Lavender Hotel. The first time we rode our impatient elevator to the … Continue reading

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Lunar New Year 2018 in Penang & KL

This Lunar New Year, Trinh and I spent 5 days in Malaysia’s Penang (wiki) Island and Kuala Lumpur (KL) cities. It was Trinh’s first time in Malaysia and my second trip since visiting Lang Kawi Island and KL in 2013 before … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Being 27

Looking back on the past year, when I was 27, it has been a step forward regarding career and relationships. I remember at my high school prom a Jesus-looking young gun raised a toast and said, “ A step not … Continue reading

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Hong Kong | August 2017

Being in Hong Kong the last five days have been a thought-provoking experience and an exercise in patience. I’m on a package tour with Trinh’s family. Of course, package tours are not my style, but it’s a chance to get … Continue reading

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Friends in Bangkok

In 2009, I summed up the season in London by what I learned from the new and old friends that grew as I wandered through the UK and Europe; An Early Conclusion (2009). I’ll sum up the nine-month season in Bangkok … Continue reading

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Tết in Việt Năm

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Audio Blog: Nov. 1st 2016

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Policy Brief: Expanding Vietnamese Private Higher Education

Abstract: This brief provides recommendations to assist Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training reach its goal of 40% private sector enrollment. This brief begins by explaining Vietnam’s rationale for expanding higher education enrollment. It explores the historical context of Vietnamese higher … Continue reading

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Video for an Curtin U. / UNESCO MOOC

At the very beginning of the internship period, I was called into a room with the deputy director of UNESCO Bangkok and my manager to discuss UNESCO’s submission to an Environmental Studies MOOC. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online … Continue reading

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A Chapter on Student Mobility in Asia-Pacific

During October, I was in the thick of the internship. I was working on the database, preparing documents and presentations for my manager, proof-reading submitted case studies for a UNESCO publication, and writing UNESCO’s chapter submission to a book about Higher … Continue reading

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Infographic from Project Implementation Data

After having constructed the database, I had to extract a “learning” from the data. The learning that I did extract was a loose sense of the region’s need for more information sharing about the diversity of assessment procedures, assessment criteria, … Continue reading

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Implementation Monitoring Database

UNESCO Bangkok’s main strategy in higher education in Asia-Pacific is aligning the region’s qualifications assessment procedures around ideals of sharing, fairness, and transparency. UNESCO supports regional assessment alignment in the hopes that alignment will help mobile students successfully have their … Continue reading

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Public Speaking for UNESCO

Over the course of the internship, I’ve been the emcee for two regional meetings and a panelist during the 16th APEID Conference. As the emcee, I facilitated two meetings both populated by regional stakeholders in education research. As a panelist, I discussed students’ … Continue reading

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Audio Blog: Oct 1st 2016

Topics: internship projects, office multi-culturalism, connection to Thailand.  

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IEDP Blog: Lessons Learned in the 1st Month

Three important thoughts during the first month My advisor: The most educational part of the work-experience is the fact that my advisor understands and communicates that this internship is a part of my education, a large investment of time and … Continue reading

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Mixing Languages or Balling Socks?

The purpose of this entry is to share my daily life with my friends and family and to preserve some of my fleeting thoughts. The purpose of my entire blog is to preserve some parts of my experience so that … Continue reading

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The Small Discomfort that Accompanies Growth

Humidity – this is a term I coined to refer to the amount of people in an area, sidewalk, mall, etc. Dense humidity means that there are many people physically occupying the space.   I would not say I am … Continue reading

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The First Day in Bangkok

~ the musings around moving into my new apartment At first I was not “in love” with my apartment. I had spent the last seven days in a marvelous AirBnB in Saigon and my simple dormitory-style room had potential to … Continue reading

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Back in Southeast Asia

I felt a twinge of excitement in my heart when I arrived at Taipei International Airport. I was excited to be back in Asia. Surrounded by a sense of new adventure and familiarity. It was fun to order Taiwanese foods … Continue reading

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The Small Stories in Cambodia.

In June 2014, I spent roughly a week and a half in Cambodia. This was after visiting family in Turkey and before I moved to Vietnam. Memories from this trip are both scattered and vivid. Because my memory is hazy, … Continue reading

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Transitions to Marketization: Vietnam and Poland

  Executive Summary The following essay focuses on the challenges and successes of Vietnam’s higher education system since marketization in 1986. The essay explores the initial reforms, demands, and requirements of the knowledge economy on modern Vietnam. The essay draws … Continue reading

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Lessons from Singapore’s Global Schoolhouse

The following paper explores the motives, policies, and impact of the initial 2002-2011 phase of Singapore’s hub building Global Schoolhouse strategy (GSH) . It examines the economic, labor-market, and demographic concerns that motivated the Singaporean government to aggressively internationalize higher … Continue reading

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First 1/2 of April in Saigon

April has been good so far. In the first week of April, I hung out with Trinh and her mother. We all went to practice Yoga together, which made me sore for days. Since Trinh got a new job, I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Traditional Marriage vs. Modern Saigon

Recently, I’ve been thinking about the trouble my co-worker has taken on as a young housewife. She is maybe only twenty-two and married into a family that traditionally expects her to do all the housework. She wakes up at 5 … Continue reading

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The Quantitative Challenge to Vietnamese Higher Education

In 1986, Vietnam began to open and decentralize its’ economy. This policy shift is termed Doi Moi | Rejuvenation. For our purposes, the story of Vietnam’s educational advancement will begin here. Until Doi Moi private enterprise including educational ventures were … Continue reading

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