Life between the ivory tower and a cardboard box

About

I am a 28 year old Filipina third culture kid. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, and have lived in South Korea, the Philippines, Grenada, and the United States. I recently returned to the Philippines in July 2007.

Graduation

My interests include anthropology, development, cross cultural issues, third culture kids, travel, pop culture, music, and anything else that might be related. I also try to find ways to make my degree in Anthropology relevant and useful, particularly when looking for a job and in thinking about how it can be useful to society. I am prone to fits of nerdiness, so there will be many moments where I get borderline incomprehensible.

2 responses

  1. John

    Erin,

    I hope it isn’t strange receiving an unsolicited email from me, but I will be traveling to Manila on business in January and would like to do some networking and research an idea I’ve had for a while. My education is in Anthropology (university of utah ’98) and now develop airline reservation systems. The company I work for has an office in Manila and I work daily with my colleagues there.

    After I started, it didn’t take long to see problems in US-Philippine communication – problems caused by a lack of understanding (by both groups) of the fundamental components of their colleague’s culture. A little light bulb went off in my head and I thought, “there has to be something here”. I’ve been pondering how to use the methodologies of cultural anthropology to provide business intelligence to companies whose businesses cross cultural lines.

    While I am in Manila, I want to meet with some anthropologically savvy people and bat the idea around. I found your blog while searching for anthropology resources in Manila and decided to send you a note. Let me know if the topic is of interest and I can better introduce myself and we’ll talk some more.

    Thanks,

    John

    December 23, 2007 at 11:50 pm

  2. Hi Erin,
    I found your blog through John’s blog, a fellow TCK in the online community. I see that you grew up in Seoul, the city where I was born but didn’t really grow up yet currently living. Mind if I link your blog and be a regular? 🙂

    Jiyoon

    October 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm

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