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About uncdan

Born from a Vietnamese family in Houston, Texas. Moved to Jakarta, Indonesia at three years old. Attended a British International School there until eighteen. Briefly attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor until 20. Moved to Switzerland (various places) over the next three years while attaining my bachelor's degree. Moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 2 years for work. Moved again. And currently travelling. I enjoy reading, writing, and discussing international politics and cultures. I also enjoy sharing all of that with you.

Update

I haven’t posted in this for a long, long time. So here’s a quick recap and update. This originally started as an attempt to have an online presence, particularly in trying to build a bit of an online portfolio for … Continue reading

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I don’t know much about the Troy Davis case.

A lot of people seem to feel strongly about it, and it’s easy to see why. A man’s life hung in the balance. I don’t think the issue, in the end, was truly whether there was too much doubt about … Continue reading

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“Ready for Democracy”

I lived in Indonesia throughout the 90s. In 1997 East Asia suffered a huge financial collapse, which contributed directly to the revolution which toppled the 30+ year dictator Suharto from power. It was an abnormal revolution because it didn’t wipe … Continue reading

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Reconciling the idea of Liberty

As I stay here in Malaysia I encounter more and more of the mixed signals of the government (“gahmen,” they like to call it). As a tourist and on a superficial level, Malaysia is culturally mixed. It has three major … Continue reading

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An Analogy to Ponder

Imagine there’s a couple living in your neightbourhood. They’ve got the biggest house on the block, they generally dress smart, have been generous in the past, and because they’re successful everyone kind of wants to be like them. They’re active … Continue reading

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Misconceptions of Globalization

I was pursuing my ongoing fling with Balkan music, when I saw a top rated comment on one Serbian song. “God Bless Balkan.The last virgin place in europe.Say no to globalization.Support country music..!” It amused me, because it gets globalization … Continue reading

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De-Humanizing Humanity

As details come in from Norway, and we get more details about the gunman and his possible motives, we have to wonder about why he did it. He was a Norwegian, killing Norwegian teenagers. There were probably political motives, but … Continue reading

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Why Terrorism?

Details from Oslo are still coming in, and I suspect there will be yet more. The identity of those responsible hasn’t yet been released (although I continue to check), but I worry that it might be yet another Islamic fundamentalist. … Continue reading

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British and American Education

British citizens who move to America generally harbor the same criticism of the English education system: that Britain tends to shun success, where Americans celebrate it. I initially disagreed with this statement. On the whole, I feel I benefited greatly … Continue reading

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The Future of Third Culture Kids

The crucial aspect of defining what a Third Culture Kid is regards community. The first culture is that of the “home” country, the second is that of the “host” country, and third is created and shared. It’s the culture of … Continue reading

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