With input from some of the country’s top experts and a range of dazzling multimedia resources, the newly launched “In FOCUS: Vietnam program Web site is a treat for students and educators alike.
The 12 short films that comprise the project are designed to introduce viewers to the complexities of Vietnamese culture and society, including an “Historical Overview of Vietnam, “Exploring Vietnam: A Woman's Journey, “The Art of Vietnam, “Vietnam Today and many others.
A variety of experts wrote and contributed to the films, including HWS faculty members Lowell Bloss, Marie-France Etienne, Catherine Gallouët, Jack Harris, Jo Beth Mertens and Jim Spates. Other contributors include former U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Raymond Burghardt, Gwynne Decker '04, renowned ethnomusicologist Phong Nguyen, author Mark Ashwill, Union College professor Eshi Motahar, and internationally acclaimed artist C. David Thomas. All films were produced by the CGE.
The In FOCUS: Vietnam project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to serve as a pre-departure orientation tool for students who will participate in the HWS study abroad program in Hanoi; but it will also be helpful to educators or anyone with an interest in the Southeast Asian country.