Hello, from Gordon, Ray, and Anh!

Hi we’re all Stanford sophomores in the Global Exchange:Intercultural Communication class. We’re really excited to meet you guys.  We form Stanford Group B.

My name is Gordon Kirby, and I’m originally from the Central Coast of California and live right next to the beach. One thing that I really miss about home when I’m at Stanford is the beach.

I’m currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics and I intend to minor in Spanish.  Outside of the classroom,  my passion is soccer and running. I am part of the Stanford Men’s Club Soccer Team. I also run triathlons and am training for some upcoming running races. However, I especially love soccer–all aspects of it. My favorite soccer team is FC Barcelona, and I am studying abroad in Spain next year, hopefully getting a chance to see them play live in Spain! My research topic for my Global Exchange:Intercultural Communication class is stereotyping in soccer across cultures. I’m looking forward to getting to meet you!

My name is Anh and I am currently a second year Student studying computer science at Stanford.  Computer science aside, I also enjoy doing arts and crafts such as origami and sculpting and am very interested in culture and social activism. Next quarter I will be studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan. I am excited about the opportunity to immerse myself in another culture that provides a great contrast to American culture.

I grew up in Maryland, where my family currently lives, for most of my life, so I am very far away from home.  I actually experienced a bit of culture shock when I came to Stanford because of the vastly different weather and culture. Before coming to visit Stanford after being accepted, I had never been to California before. Even though I come from the east coast, where the weather is freezing cold in the winter, I still find Stanford’s temperatures unbearable at times.  While I still agree that Stanford’s weather is vastly superior to that of the east coast, I do miss seeing all the leaves change color in the autumn.

I was born in Vietnam and lived there for five years before immigrating to America. Since I’ve arrived at Stanford, I’ve tried to learn more about Vietnamese culture and join the community on campus. In addition to the stereotypes that exist about Asians in general, within the Asian community there are stereotypes that exist about Vietnamese people. I look forward to discussing these with you and to learning more from you!

Hello!  My name is Ray and I am from Puerto Rico.  I lived there my whole life, until I moved to the mainland United States after my second year of high school.  I definitely miss living over there all the time.  There are some really unique aspects of the culture in the island that I enjoy more, and I see American culture differently because of them.

The research I am doing in this course has to do with these small cultural differences between Puerto Rico and the United States.  The small territory, the European influence in our history, and the isolation from other cultures have created a decidedly Hispanic culture with a lot of American influence. I will be looking into these throughout the quarter.

I like to sing and dance, and I am currently a part of one of our school’s a cappella groups, Testimony A Cappella.  I enjoy playing video games in my free time.  I enjoy learning about other cultures, so I’m really excited about our exchange.

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3 Responses to Hello, from Gordon, Ray, and Anh!

  1. Stanford University says:

    Stereotype: All Asians look alike, are studious, smart, well-behaved, submissive, small, and not good at sports


    To debunk this stereotype we want to start by presenting and spreading the following video by means of social media (e.g. facebook, twitter) to use humor to demonstrate how ridiculous many of the stereotypes about Asians are.

    Next, we hope to hire professional basketball player Jeremy Lin to dispel stereotypes about Asians. He’ll be our figurehead. He’s a prominent figure at this time in the US, and becoming especially famous for being the only Taiwanese player in the NBA and being extremely successful recently.

    As part of our campaign to debunk stereotypes we want to show the diversity of Asians, i.e. there are not only Japanese or Chinese Asians.

    In conclusion: Watch our video. And Don’t Ask Stupid Questions!

  2. Anastasia Ovseenko says:

    Hello, Anh! I connected with art too. I`ve been studied at a school of arts and ceramics for 10 years. My personal collection includes paintings and pottery such as vases, murals, statues. It will be interesting for me to see your creation, if it is possible 🙂

  3. Andrey T says:

    Your welcome, gordon! I’m sure, that in Russia you’ll find dozen numbers of information about soccer’s culture. It develops not as fast as in Britain for exmpl, but there is also formed it’s own traditions and peculiarities. Enjoy it!

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