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  • JMac 3:43 pm on November 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Asia Society, China, Elliott School, , , Indonesia, Japan, Korea, , , Sigur Center, Southeast Asia   

    What DC Has to Offer: Attending Events Across Town 

    One of the more interesting aspects of my internship is the occasional need that I attend events around DC that are relevant to my Fellow’s research project.  There are so many opportunities for learning in the city that are provided to the public for free if you register (and sometimes even if you don’t).  My boss likes to say an event is a success if they serve you lunch!  (He’s kidding, of course).

    Last week my boss attended an event on U.S.-Southeast Asia relations at the East-West Center on L St. while I went to the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs to attend a panel on President Obama’s recent trip to Asia.

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  • JMac 3:09 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , hip-hop, Indonesia, Islam, , , perspective, , young people   

    The Lens we Look Through 

     So last week was fairly busy at school, which left me little time to blog.  The job is going well, in the sense that I remain both busy and interested.  I have taken up the job of summarizing the Indonesian news when I get in to the office, first thing in the morning. 

    My favorite comment beneath a story about Obama in the Jakarta Globe last week expressed support for our President’s assertiveness in acting for the benefit of the poor by proclaiming him, “a leopard not a water buffalo.”  I’ve come to enjoy even the slightest uniqueness in perspective.

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  • JMac 11:32 pm on October 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , commute, compartmentalize, Indonesia, , , , ,   

    Stress and Strategy 

    This week was a stressful one for me at school.  In addition to the research project on Indonesia I am doing for my internship I have three other research projects assigned this semester for my degree!  Unfortunately they are all in different areas of study, and when all four projects come to the forefront in one week it can be fairly overwhelming.  The important thing I have found that helps me to be both a good worker at work and an efficient student are to only tackle what is in front of me, and try my best to wipe the other projects from my mind.

    One extremely useful thing that I am learning at my internship is how to both follow instructions and take the initiative at the same time.  I don’t think it will ever be useful in a work environment to simply do what is instructed and nothing further, nor will this tactic ever be useful in academia where ingenuity is invaluable.

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  • JMac 2:11 pm on October 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , genocide, , Indonesia, inequality, , , police, , ,   

    Believing in the Work 

    I think that every intern hopes that they will be provided the opportunity to contribute their work to something worthwhile, something that they really believe in and hope to one day pursue as a career.

    I know that in my case I have wanted to work toward a more peaceful global community for a long time.  Ever since the first time I learned that there was worldwide inequality, and that people suffered at the hands of their global neighbors and community members I have been interested in finding a solution.  Upon my entry into the study of foreign affairs, I didn’t know that governments do not always act in the best interest of their people, I didn’t know the depths of cruelty some people are capable of, or how the suffering of repeated injustice can inspire such violence in response.  I didn’t know that terror was a weapon, that some people have no government, no police, and no army to protect them, or that there were even so many conflicting viewpoints in existence in the world.

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  • JMac 5:15 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bullpen, , discussion, Fellow, Indonesia, , , peace studies, , ,   

    A Day in the Bullpen 

    In baseball, the bullpen (or simply the pen) is the area where relief pitchers warm-up before entering a game.  On my first day of work, the Jennings Randolph Fellow I assist referred to the area where all the Research Assistants sit as “the bullpen.”  He was referring to the usage of the term to describe a large, open work area consisting of desks with no separating walls and private offices, but in a way the baseball reference is fairly accurate too.

    Indeed we Research Assistants are all really just relief pitchers waiting for our chance to get in the game, quietly researching, making observations, and taking notes until we are needed in the field.  The starting pitcher also warms up in the bullpen, much like the Fellows come in to chat with us about their projects periodically before they go back out into the world to create their publications and speeches.

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