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Fulbright ETA Narrative Reflection June Edition

Check out the newest article by our 2014 English Teaching Assistants (ETAs)!!!!

Rebecca Ryan is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelors degree in Neuroscience. She is currently a 2014-2015 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Thakornyang Pittayakom in Mahasarakam province. Next year Rebecca will pursue a master's degree at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. She will take her experiences as a teacher in the United States and Thailand to focus on education equality in her country. In her narrative, Rebecca shares with us how she gradually learnt to look at Thai culture in a larger picture instead of pinpointing differences like in a ‘Spot the Different’ puzzle.   She tells us how her experiences in Thailand has helped her not to focus the discrepancies but the sameness—the things we can use to relate to one another despite the language and cultural differences.

Kia Chiyoko Vang is from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Olaf College in May 2014 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and Asian Studies. She is an English Teacher at Muangchaliang School in Si Satchanalai, Sukhothai where she teaches conversational English to junior and high school students. After completing her Fulbright grant, she plans to establish more professional work experience in corporate business and social policy. She will later fulfill a dual-Master’s degree in business administration and public policy to achieve her goal as a social entrepreneur. In her narrative, Kia talks about how exploring different facets of Thai culture revealed to her the beauty of her Hmong American culture.


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