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Month: August 2020

Australian Chinese Lost in Romanticized India
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Australian Chinese Lost in Romanticized India

By Jocelyn ChanI never expected to travel to India in the first place, and I definitely didn’t expect to be excited about an extended stay due to visa issues either.Growing up in a predominately East Asian community, the ‘I found myself in India’ mentality was unheard of. This cliché that one discovers the meaning of life when seeing poverty, is offensive and unrelatable to those from recently developed or developing nations. In fact, for my Chinese parents and relatives, the thought of a young girl studying and travelling in a country they saw as unclean, unsafe and undeveloped was distressing and frowned upon. Despite this, when the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program gave me the opportunity to attend the Indian Immersion Program at OP. Jindal Global University, I de...
Globalization is Ahead of the U-Turn
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Globalization is Ahead of the U-Turn

By Adib BazgirGlobalization is in a difficult situation. A populist backlash, embodied by U.S. President Donald Trump, is going all out. A stewing trade war among China and the United States could quickly boil over. Nations across Europe are closing their outskirts to foreigners. Indeed, even globalization’s greatest supporters presently yield that it has created disproportionate advantages and that something should change. The present troubles have their underlying foundations during the 1990s, when policymakers set the world on its current, hyperglobalist way, requiring local economies to be placed in the world economy’s administration rather than the opposite way around. In trade, the change was motioned by the making of the World Trade Organization in 1995. The WT...
Taking Part in Education Community During Pandemic
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Taking Part in Education Community During Pandemic

By Safira HasnaI joined a volunteer program in an education community called Gerakan Suka Baca in Depok, Indonesia, founded in 2016 to improve literacy awareness, especially among children. Gerakan Suka Baca (GSB) has two main focuses: 1) to teach elementary school children who are tissues, sellers, and buskers, in the street of the Depok area. 2) to open a reading booth at Depok city park to improve literacy awareness by reading books aloud and making crafts or coloring book for children visiting the park. GSB also regularly holds discussion forums in collaboration with other communities, usually to discuss books or films.  Another program commonly held is educational tours such as taking the children to museums or other educational places as a form of appreciation for t...
Making the Case for Greater Integration within the Asia-Pacific Region
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Making the Case for Greater Integration within the Asia-Pacific Region

By Tan Kai Wei AaronThe “Asian Century” as foretold by numerous scholars and analysts, may only be realized if countries in the Asia-Pacific region accept that integration is an essential need. Integration can come in many forms. It can be as deep and complex as the European Union, a supranational organization that has binding legislation and dictates everything from currency to cross-border travel. Integration can also be as shallow as the African Union (AU) or the Association for Southeast Asian (ASEAN). Since the turn of the century, there have been ambitious plans for deeper economic integration within the region, with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) chiefly spearheading this initiative. As of late, though, there is a tendency for leaders to denounce globaliza...
A Volunteering Doctor for COVID-19 In A District Hospital In Indonesia
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A Volunteering Doctor for COVID-19 In A District Hospital In Indonesia

By Andi NugrahaAs a doctor, I feel blessed to have an opportunity to take my specialization in Internal Medicine at Airlangga University, Indonesia (UNAIR). Our District Hospital, dr. Soetomo Hospital is one of the biggest hospitals in our country and a referral center of East Indonesia. For your information, Indonesia has only three referral centers for East Indonesia, Central Indonesia, and West Indonesia. I have known this all along and actually, and I made my decision based on that fact. In my first years, I was thrilled with the variety of conditions that my patients have. I learned a lot about how to treat my patients wholly, not only from the physical diseases but other aspects such as mental health (for patients with severe conditions) and social issues for pa...
An Empathy Could Heal the World
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An Empathy Could Heal the World

We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say, ‘It’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem.’ Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.”—Fred RogersBy Apsara ChhetriAbout 30,000 years ago, humans were unremarkable, medium-sized mammals not particularly strong or fast, lacking sharp teeth, claws, and wings. We weren’t even the only smart ape; five other large-brained species shared the planet with us but humanity did have something that set us apart from each other. More than any other species, sapiens worked together cooperatively which helped us become the mammal who quickly took over the planet.Our collaborative characteristics are rooted in empathy: the capacity to shar...
How to Market Yourself on LinkedIn
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How to Market Yourself on LinkedIn

By Ngo Quynh TrangThe theory behind LinkedIn™ is that everyone is six steps or fewer, by way of introduction, away from any other person in the world. This means a chain of ‘friend of a friend’ statements can be made to connect any two people in the world in a maximum of six steps. Hence, it’s seen as a powerful tool to enable you to quickly connect to individuals who may be helpful to you in terms of developing your career. Here are a few ways I have tried and find them effectively for a beginner of LinkedIn™.1. Raise your profileThe very first thing you need to do is making a professional résume because once you’ve set up a professional profile on LinkedIn™, it’s like having your CV online for everyone to see, including potential employers.Thus, you should organi...
How is the Liberal International Order Being Challenged?
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How is the Liberal International Order Being Challenged?

By Yi QianThe liberal international order emerged in the aftermath of World War Two and generally means the construction of a “rule-based” order anchored in a range of international institutions with the United Nations at its centerpiece. The liberal international has offered a function in organizing international space. But now it is facing many challenges. The first challenge notably comes from the rise of China. Nowadays, there is palpable anxiety in Western capitalist democracies that the rise of China will undermine the foundation of the liberal international order. In the past few decades, international society has witnessed the meteoric rise of China in politics, economy, and the military. It is unprecedented that the largest economy in the world would be a non...