2005年 02月 28日
2005年 02月 28日
A Bend in the River by Naipaul was one of several assigned books for the summer reading during my Freshman year ELP. Never did I expect to find it quoted in my reading assignment, "The Age of Sacred Terror".
I liked the book, which I guess I still have in my bookshelf home. Human beings do their own business, governments and societies change, but the bend in the river continues to lie there. I wonder what made the ELP teachers to choose the book for the reading assignment. Other books such as "Things fall apart" and "The death of Vishunu", are not English literature. Why didn't they choose books like "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Withering Heights"? (Sorry, neither of them have I read =( Anyone any ideas?
2005年 02月 28日
On the way back from a concert yesterday, my roommates and I took a cab. The driver was a guy who said he was a foreigner, driving taxi from 10pm till 8am next morning on weekends. One of us asked him where he came from.
Eastern Africa. Where in eastern Africa? Somalia.
I was about to ask him whether he is from Mogadish, the capital of Somalia. But I kept quiet. Why?
The middle aged driver spoke fluent English. May be he had a professional job back home. Probably more rewarding than working all through the night.
There is no diplomatic relations between US and Somalia at the moment. How could he have obtained the work permission and documents? It must have been really hard coming to this country.
Sitting on the back seat with my roommates, I mused quietly about one aspect of reality, something that I had not noticed in the Somalia-Afghanistan class.
2005年 02月 26日
It seems I cannot post my comments in Japanese. The letters do not appear on the web properly. Bare with me, I may have to continue writing in English. I can send you e-mails in Japanese, and I do not know what is wrong with the excite blog.
I sat up until 7am in the library on Thursday: I was writing a paper on China's accession to WTO in 2001 for the US-China class. I handed it in on Thursday at 4pm, and went to bed straight after. Today, Friday, I spent time quite creatively. I met my "American Friendship Program" partner Sally, and had lunch with her. Afterwards, I went to the city center for summer internship hunting. There are plenty of think-tanks in DC that deal with Japan-US or Asia-US relations, so I visited some of them. It was good that I went there with one of my friends. Thank you Scott, I needed somebody who pushes my senaka.
My new i-Book is working very well. Apple Banzai. We can do voice chat, so AIM me and talk, if yours is a Mac.
This weekend, I am going to the Native American Museum, one of the Smithonians that opened recently. This is a pre-field trip before I go to the native American reserve in the spring break. I am very excited about going to the country side in North Carolina and meeting new poeple. For the actual trip, I am leaving on 5th March.
Plan, plan, plan for the next 6 months! I cannot believe (and do not want to believe) that I am leaving here in 3 months. This place fits me well. I am sobbing =(
Kaerita-ku na-i, kaerita-ku na-i.
2005年 02月 19日
My i-Book has not arrived.. the tracking record for Fedex tells that the estimated date of arrival is gonna be 22nd... I cannot wait. I have 3 due dates this week.
Meeting with poeple who really encourage you makes you creative and stay focused on track. I did a bit of online research about summer internship opportunities and graduate school applications. Father, I am making progress.
2005年 02月 18日
I went out with one of my ICU senpais and her husband to Dupont Circle, and we talked a lot till midnight! It was so much fun. I did cheese fondu for the first time (the restaurant was called "the Melting Pot".) Cheese fondu is yummy but makes you full soon for sure. We did chocolate fondu as well.
Arthur Miller died at the age of 89 this week. "The Crucible" was the only book I read of his works during my high school days, but the news was a bit of shock for me. The play was the first book I completed reading in English from cover to cover. I feel I want to see Ms. Swanson.
I asked a young officer from Mofa Japan who is in the US/China class about the life in the Foreign Ministry. It seems the recruitment is totally up to the talent of individuals. Also listening to my senpai's observation on WB, I feel that I should follow my instinct. Determined? Almost.
2005年 02月 15日
I thought I could change my mind at any moment. Studying diplomacy and international relations seemed temporary. Coming back to development studies I thought was easy. May be it is not.
I know that at ICU I would be an odd one out. It is not advantageous to be interested in "nations" "sovereignty" "powers" etc there. Well, I am ending up as prof. N worried and anticipated. There is no "if"s in history, but I wonder what would have happened if I went to Hanoi instead of DC. Places nurture people in a good or bad way.
Taking the Foreign Serveice Exam? One of the choices. But, would be very difficult to break the shield.
2005年 02月 15日
Raining. Dark outside. Have a due date tomorrow. In the big coffin (aka Library.) Computer lab crowded.
Am haunted by something... or obsessed? Cannot wait till my friend visits me and go to the native American reserve. Wanna breath in the nature.
Happy Valentine's day.
2005年 02月 13日
I ordered an i-book yesterday. I got it discounted through Georgetown online apple store, so it was a good deal. Around the same price I got my old PC 3 years ago. The packet includes Words and Excel software, 3 years of guaruntee, and upscaled memory. It will arrive in 5 days. Thanks for Shin for advice.
I got an alart e-mail from the university information center that there was a flaw in the Symantec anti-virus software, 2 days after I got infected. The notice described a sympton that I experienced. So, I guess there are people who got theirs dead besides me.
A less intense weekend than the last week. I am having a good rest.
2005年 02月 11日
I did the presentation without having my voice shaking, so I guess it was pretty much a success in terms of manner. At least much better than I had done in ICU IS classes...
In terms of contents, however, my points - that China will play a big role in Six-Party Talks leaving US heading on DPRK, and that such a strategy is to secure Korean Peninsular US troops free for the future reunification of Taiwan - seemed lacking enough credibility... Due partly to the declaration of nuclear armament by North Korea yesterday. Indeed, their announcement made my plot turned upside down. How could North Koreans be pulled back to the negotiation table?
Other two presentators were much detailed about their topics, and seemed to know more about the situation. I need to explore more about this field.
Anyways, a good start. The week is over.