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Blog Post #2

Before my fist week in Thailand, I thought the weather would be perfect, the cities would look modernized, and everyone would get along since they’re all asian. I was definitely wrong.

It was super humid in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. I thought the rain would help. Instead, it made the humidity worse. I felt sticky every time I stepped outside. Also, the weather can be bipolar sometimes. One moment the sun would be up, and the next moment clouds would cover the sky and start pouring.

Bangkok had a lot of abandon buildings and deteriorated houses that seem to have people living in there. The homes and living conditions didn’t look comfortable. There are a lot of people and the houses densely compacted together. Thailand seems to be a country where everyone makes a living off from selling products. Literally, there are food, clothes, massage, accessory, and many other shops every where. What seems to make Bangkok and Chiang Mai humid is due to too many cars creating pollution and a lot of vendors are constantly cooking.

When we went to the Hmong village, I learned that some Thai people discriminated the minority groups. I was surprised because I wanted to know the reason why they discriminated other asians when they have so many things in common. The chief villager told us about how they tried to pursue in a career they desire, but the Thai people would try their best to make them fail and put them down no matter how hard they tried. This is one of the reasons why many of the minority students stop going to school after high school and go back to their villages to help their parents with farming.

I’ve learned so many things just by living in Thailand for a week. I hope to discover more about Thailand for the next 2 weeks that we have left.






Blog Post #1

My name is George Vang. I’m a sophomore at the University of Minnesota and I still haven’t decide my major. I have a total of eleven siblings, five brothers and six sisters. One interesting fact about me is that I like to experience new things, such as bungee jumping, sky diving, zip lining and cliff jumping.

One learning goal I have for this study abroad trip is to learn and experience the Lao and Thai cultures. I have always wanted to travel to Laos and Thailand because my family and friends would always talk about their experiences and what they loved about it.