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1 Experiencing Vietnam Don Kopka, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Management Dept. Fulbright Scholar – Vietnam 2004.

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1 1 Experiencing Vietnam Don Kopka, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Management Dept. Fulbright Scholar – Vietnam 2004

2 2 Beginning With a Dream SEE THE WORLD

3 3 India

4 4 Nepal

5 5 Khyber Pass

6 6 Turkey

7 7 Back to Bangkok

8 8 Peace Corps – Time Tunnel Danced with Mother Tereista 1982 Danced with Daughter Rahani 2004

9 9 Progress

10 10 To Vietnam Why? Fulbright Program

11 11 Student Life

12 12 College Student Life Entry based on national exam 220 credits to graduate No electives Classroom culture Rent room for $8.00 per month Share room with 8 other students No money at end of month Noodles – a diet staple Universal for women? SHOPPING

13 13 First Day Teaching

14 14 Entrepreneurship Business Plan Presentation

15 15 Café Life

16 16 Eating and Drinking

17 17 Libations

18 18 Technology and Globalization Cell phones Internet access - Telecommunications Wide product availability – effects of trade liberalization –Wine and liquor –Appliances –Electronics Japanese, Korean, Chinese dominance Limited U.S. presence

19 19 Woodcraft Goes Digital

20 20 Globalization IS REAL!!

21 21 Vietnamese Culture Dating –First you date me, my sister, my friends Family - Ancestors Destiny Chinese Origins Communal society Role of women

22 22 Marriage and Family

23 23 Groom Minh and Bride Huong

24 24 Relaxing Night??

25 25 Women Bandits

26 26 Rural Life – A Different Country

27 27 Government One Party State – Communism “Market Economy Under Socialist Orientation” Open Trade Stability People Know What to Say

28 28 Uncle Ho

29 29 Uncle Ho Shrine

30 30 Marx-Lenin Olympics

31 31 Rural Libraries

32 32 Reflections - Guidance Previous experience shaped my approaches Developed familiarity beforehand Avoid being judgmental Be curious and open United States beacon for the world It is harder to be a good guest than to be a good host Warning – others may not be interested in your foreign experiences

33 33 Vietnam – A Country Not a War For more:


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