This workshop will present an anecdotal travelogue on the experiences of a Brockport international student from the UK studying and living in Vietnam. The workshop’s goal is to expose participants to Vietnamese culture in an effort to dispel common misconceptions many Americans still hold in thinking of Vietnam through the prism of the Vietnam War. This workshop will highlight the presenter’s experiences of surviving in a new culture, examine how bridges were built in the community, and assess questions of gender equality in an effort to embrace and appreciate differences.
Harriet Paterson is a graduate student currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program with a focus on Women’s Studies. She received her BA from the University of Portsmouth, UK. Ms. Paterson lived in Vietnam for four months. The responses she received from students across campus when she told them she was going to be living in Vietnam motivated this workshop.