Wiki-time

In previous posts, I talked about working on the new MANOS team wiki site.  I thought I’d devote a little more time to singing the praises of the wiki in this installment, since it has turned out to be such a useful and user-friendly system.

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The Wrap Up

It’s only toward the end now that I have noticed a dramatic shift in my original topic. I began my research with a focus on how, and to a lesser extent why, Koreans were so keen on attending the three top tier universities, but through my interviews and reading up, I have realized my research has become more about the Korean education system in general. This is some of the things that really stick out in my mind.

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Blogging on Research Ideas…and Research Ideas from Blogging?

Before this year I didn’t pay too much attention to blogs, especially ones focused on academic topics or international policy. In upper-level courses, though, I was introduced to  the work of some of the more well-known bloggers and saw how blogs can be both interesting and legitimate–quite an important lesson considering that many blogs popular with college students are, after all, focused on celebrity gossip, funny pictures of cats, and comedy videos.

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Wrapping things up

During the 36 hours it took me to get from Hong Kong back home to Spokane, WA, I was able to continue with some of my readings and look back on the two months of research that I had done.  It was fortunate that I had so much time because it took quite a bit of time for me to organize my findings and get things prepared for the upcoming year.

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My First Interview

The first interview that I did in Russia was one of the most surreal experiences that I had over there.  First off, setting up the interview was a challenge in its own right.  My interview subject was staying at her summer cottage or dacha, taking care of her granddaughter, so it was quite difficult to find a time when she would be in St. Petersburg.  Next, I had to try my hardest to communicate with her in Russian over the phone.  Not the easiest task when you are learning a language.  Of course when she switched into perfect English on the phone with me I did not feel the greatest about my language skills.

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