As I speak to classes I feel more and more the potential value of a trip like this recalling my own transformation from traveling to Mexico, China, Argentina, and France. From each trip I have gained firsthand knowledge of a culture, a place, a world view that I only knew threw media. As an artist I understand very well the ways that communications can be crafted so that a particular point of view is stressed, while sacrificing a whole picture of a place or a people. Being able to talk to people in person, in their home environment, smell the smells of their place, taste their food, see their world gives you a much more viable understanding than what we get through movies, TV and the internet.
|Vietnamese students in Tam Ky, Quang Nam province.|
|Myself with Yen Nhi, of Vietnam Tourism Department, and Hu Phong, Tam Ky University administrator.|
|Vietnamese student at Quang Nam University, Tam Ky.|