Plans for the Semester

As I mentioned in previous posts, research is a continuous project and does not necessarily end with the end of summer session. In fact, my advisor already have scheduled me in with one of his fellow graduate students who’s working on a similar topic, and we will have much to discuss, and have mutually planned several ideas and tweaks for each other’s projects. I wonder what he has in mind for me, and I think….hope that I have found a possible solution to one of his long-standing problems…I hope it works!

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In Urumqi

This is going to be a quick post because my internet access is very limited in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region,  the westernmost region  of the PRC. I have been interacting with people from all over the world since I arrived here two nights ago, and it does not feel like I am in China.

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Delving Deeper into the Korean Education System

I was impressed by some comments on my work (Thanks Irene J!!!), which then prompted me to research some more and delve a little deeper into my topic– the Korean education system. Irene mentioned that “the best students go to top schools because they make the requirements”. However, these “requirements” to get into the top tier schools have less to do with merit and more to do with family background, higher socio-economic status, private tutoring, etc…Yes, this is a problem that is common in most industrialized countriesà money>merit.

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Guernica and MoMA

After my time in Madrid, I returned home to New York, which was also the home of Guernica for some time.

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Slán go fóill, An Cheathru Rua

Well, the program in Carraroe is over. I can’t even begin to describe the depth of my despair. Lol. Learning Irish (It’s called Irish, not Gaelic, although in Irish the term is Gaeilge, which is probably the cause of the confusion) is one of the most difficult things I have ever attempted, but also perhaps one of the most rewarding. The number of native speakers of Irish is diminishing every year, and it’s wonderfully exciting to be part of the movement to keep it alive. However, it has proved to be an incredibly difficult language to learn. Aside from the absolutely ridiculous spelling and untold number of unpronounced letters and vowels strung together, the Irish also conjugate their prepositional pronouns in addition to conjugating their verbs. It is truly incredible how complicated this language manages to be, despite several government attempts to simplify it. The last of these was in the 1950s, and all I can say is that I’m glad I wasn’t learning Irish then!

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