17 February 2008
As I did some researches for my report at school, I came across a very good book called “Masculinity and Femininity: The Taboo Dimension of National Cultures” by Geert H. Hofstede, a renown Dutch anthropologist whose main works involve the cultural and organizational behaviors. As the title stated, the book discussed about one of five Cultural Dimensions proposed by Hofstede; Masculinity and Femininity. I will not describe the detail here as it is the objective of this post. (Those who are interested in the Cultural Dimensions may find a concise description at the following link: Clearly Cultural.) When I finished reading this book, I was so impressed with the closing remark of the book that I decided to share it with everyone here. The text is clear by itself and need no explanation.
“Nations in the world have become more and more interdependent, and violence has become a less and less effective way of resolving international problems. There is no substitute for listening to and talking with others, and for trying to understand the reasoning and motives of people whose mental programs differ. This means understanding one’s own mental programs, including the taboos of one’s culture, because taboos that some hold and others do not indicate values gaps to be bridged for a common future”
If you are interested in this book, you may check it out at your local library or take a preview on line at Google by clicking here.
27 September 2007
Today I had a chance to join one of the biggest events for the Fall term at Portland State University called “Party in the Park.” It was held at the South Park Blocks of the university with lots of student and university organizations joining the event. There were free foods (that’s great!) and enjoyable live music (that’s even greater.) The weather was nicely sunny thus it’s just fun to hangout and had a lunch literally in the park.
In the evening, I also had a chance to attend the International Student President’s Welcome Reception at Simon Benson House Alumni & Visitor’s Center. The unique building of the center used to be a house of Simon Benson, a successful Norwegian American businessman who contributed tremendous amount of his wealth to the city of Portland, building school and giving a land for public park, just to name a few. His house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and later was saved from the city condemnation and moved to the place it is today.
All in all, it’s another enjoyable and informative day for me in Portland, getting to know many new people and places. I am sure there are a lot more of Portland for me to explore and I am looking forward to checking them out.
18 September 2007
Now that I’ve been in Portland for a couple of days, my most favorite spot in town is a bookstore called Powell’s City of Books which is claimed to be one of the largest new and used bookstores in the world, occupying a whole city block between NW 10th and 11th Avenues and between W Burnside and NW Couch Streets with approximately 6,300 square meter of retail floor space. With tonnes of books, used and new, in all categories you could think of, it’s a heaven for book-lover like me. There is also a coffee house in the store where you could pick up some books to read while zipping freshly brewed coffee. I could spend a whole day in the store reading my favorite books and I did! Unfortunately, I’ve got a tight schedule coming up this week and next week as the Fall term of my study here at Portland State University will start. I might have to wait till everything is settle to enjoy reading books at Powell’s. Well, at least I find my best spot in town to hang out on my free time.
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3 August 2007
After a busy week of preparing for documents and stuffs, this morning I have just successfully applied for the exchange visitor visa at the Embassy of the United States of America in Bangkok. Yes, I am going to the United States of America to further my study in doctorate degree in Technology Management at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon with a scholarship from Ministry of Science and Technology of the Royal Thai government. Now that I am ready with legitimate visa and acceptance letter from the university, I am waiting for the confirmation of air ticket booked by the Office of Civil Service Commission and I will know the exact date of my departure. Well, roughly, it wouldn’t be later than the middle of September as I have to attend the mandatory international student orientation at the university on September 18 and the university will start on September 24 for Fall term. There are so many things to prepare before departure within so little time. I will keep posting the update of my status here as I could make it a reminder for me as well.