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IEX J-Term 2020: Brother Enemy: Identity, Resistance and Liberation in Cambodia and Vietnam
Can Tho, Vietnam; Hanoi, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Siem Reap, Cambodia; Tay Ninh, Vietnam (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: January Interim
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Royal Palace PPPicture: Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
This course provides students with a broad overview of the process of national identity formation, armed resistance and movements of national liberation in Vietnam and Cambodia.

  • Students will travel to two World Heritage Sites -- Angkor Wat and HaLong Bay and will also visit the Mekong Delta and the Cao Diast Temple in Tay Ninh.
  • The course will explore many different war-related sites, including the Cu Chi Tunnel complex, the Killing Fields, the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum, the Hanoi Hilton, the War Remnants Museum, the Reunification Palace and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh.
  • Students will engage in many different cultural activities, including a traditional water puppet show, a Vietnamese cooking class, a Khmer dance performance, a visit to a palm sugar plantation, a tour of a "people's" art museum, and an informal evening with college-aged Vietnamese students.
  • Students will undertake a "virtual scavenger hunt" in Phnom Penh in an attempt to understand the differential effects of global currency fluctuations and minimum wage differences on local living standards.
AngkorPicture: a few temples in Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia

This course provides students with a broad overview of the process of national identity formation, armed resistance and movements of national liberation in Vietnam and Cambodia. In addition to assigned readings, students will analyze material culture, public memorials, national monuments and historical sites in an attempt to understand the colonial and cultural histories of the two nations, as well as the tensions that gave rise to the Vietnam War. The course will illustrate cross-cultural differences concerning the "meanings" or "lessons" of the Vietnam War. Guided-reflection journal entries, group discussions, podcasts and thematic writing assignments will serve as the primary tools of evaluation.

HCM TombPicture: Ho Chi Minh Tomb in HCMC, Vietnam

Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City are both rapidly emerging and fast-growing vibrant cities.

Siem Reap and Hanoi each have significant old quarters and market districts that make them novel and interesting. As the capital, Hanoi is also home to many of the country's most significant military and cultural institutions as well as its historic Hoan Kiem Lake area. Students may be surprised by the sidewalk cafe culture of Hanoi and by the western-leaning feel of "Saigon."

Tay Ninh is home to the largest Caodiast Temple. This religion has millions of followers and is native to Vietnam.
CaoDiast Temple

Faculty Leader
PhilPhillip Voight, Associate Professor in Communication Studies
Phillip Voight has traveled extensively in Vietnam and Cambodia and throughout Asia. He has taught the Vietnam and Cambodia course five times and has also taught JTerm abroad courses in London, and Capetown, South Africa. He served as the faculty leader for the gustavus semester in India program, and he enjoys traveling with students. In addition to his interests in social movement theory and new media, Dr. Voight has taught several on-campus courses that include the Vietnam War.

PattyPatty English, Associate Professor in Communication Studies
Patty English has taught the Vietnam and Cambodia January Term course three times and has also led a January Term course in Fiji. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and lived in Japan several years ago. In addition to teaching interpersonal and intercultural communication courses, Dr. English has taught the re-entry course for Gustavus students who are returning from semester-away study experiences.

Academic Calendar
Expected dates
On-campus orientation: TBD Fall 2019
Study away arrival date: Jan 6, 2020
Study away return date: Jan 30, 2020

Anticipated accommodations will include hotels.

Program Costs
Reduced fee!!  Good news - we have managed to negotiate a lower program cost than what we previously posted! The new fee will be $3,700 to $4,200 depending on final enrollment. The program fee will cover all lodging and local transportation in Cambodia and Vietnam, an average of two meals per day, necessary visas, instruction and guides, activities, and excursions. Students will be responsible for round-trip airfare to Asia, the cost of one meal per day, personal expenses, and obtaining necessary travel vaccinations (cost will vary according to students' insurance plans).  CICE can help offer advice about booking flights and will suggest an itinerary for those wishing to travel with other students or a faculty leader.  Please contact CICE for more details.

Baroque Hotel HCMC

All Gustavus Adolphus College students who meet the general study away requirements are welcome to apply. 

Application Deadline
Students must complete the online application by May 1, 2019. 

Entry visas and passports
CICE will assist students in obtaining necessary entry visas for Cambodia and Vietnam. All program participants must have a passport that is valid through at least July 31, 2020, by the start of Fall 2019 semester.

The information in this online brochure is subject to change. Please contact CICE with questions.

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