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Students explore life in Asia

The One-World Library Project of the the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol will host Mount Abraham Union High School students who will presentd a summary of a recent trip to Asia, titled, "Explore Life Across the Pacific". The vent will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the library in Bristol.

Two MAUHS seniors, Brian O'Connor and Yuki Davis, will discuss their recent experiences of travel to Asia and immersion into two totally different cultures. Davis left her home in Bristol for six weeks of travel around Cambodia, soaking in the rich culture and language with a student group from Where There Be Dragons.

Dragon programs encourage immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences. Yuki and her group of 13 high school students from across the country went to Cambodia in order to study the country's development following the treacherous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

While studying how the country was recovering, Yuki also independently delved into the subject of education about the genocide, culminating in a final presentation. Yuki said "Every single experience, every passing moment, from stargazing to Khmai language lessons, home stays to teaching English, trekking through the Cambodian jungle to sleeping in hammocks, was unbelievably challenging and incredibly rewarding."

O'Connor spent last school year living as an exchange student in Taiwan. While in Taiwan he lived with several families, attended high school and took courses in Mandarin Chinese. Brian will be giving a presentation on what led him to his Asian trip, the various forms of culture shock he experienced and "the horrors of fermented tofu."

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