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Bangkok Musings

I have not posted in sometime. Those interested in a Holiday/Christmas greeting and pictures may see it HERE. The three of us went to Bangkok last week. It was an enjoyable trip. However, there was an electrical failure of the "skytrain" system on Tuesday that made getting around the city difficult. We were also advised not to go into areas of the city where protests were occurring. Yet we were able to get to the places we wanted to see. The National Palace in Bangkok is magnificent! We also enjoyed the aquarium. A disappointment was a trip to see the "floating market" and elephant ride. We paid for a private taxi driver who took us to places that charged too much, and the venues were of very poor quality. After spending a few unhappy hours there, we returned to Bangkok early. We then went to the market near the MoChin stop and found an excellent shopping area. Donna is already looking at a return visit--and a trip to the Huahin beach--suitable for families.

On September 12 I went to a meeting of the Singkawang Association 山口洋地區鄉親會. It also called Permasis in Indonesian.
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This meeting was set up by Mr. Hartono, 李伯巧, whom Aimee introduced me to the first week I was in Jakarta. As noted below, I did not know what to expect before I went to the meeting. I thought I would speak with just a few people. Instead, it was a meeting of the association as a whole that was arranged to accommodate my schedule. I was overwhelmed. They spoke Mandarin at the meeting for my benefit. I asked afterward how they normally conducted meetings, and Fuidy Luckman, who was very nice to me, said they spoke a mixture of Hakka and Indonesian.

Fortunately that morning I took time to do an overall analysis of the interviews, counting the number of marriages with Taiwanese men discussed by participants involving themselves (women) or a close family member. The total is 22,…

My Publications

Recently my University of Oklahoma webpage was deactivated. Since I have adjunct status with OU, I am able to reactivate it. But it will take me some time and is a task for later.

One item that I would like to make public, and is difficult to do with the University of Macau website--I do not have personal control over it--is my CV and list of publications. Using Dropbox I am able to present this information publicly and post it to this blog. Those interested in some of my work may access this using the following:

Todd Sandel's CV--2014

Select Publications
Sandel, T. L. (2014). “Oh,I’m here!”: Social media’s impact on the cross-cultural adaptation of students studying abroad. Journal of Intercultural Communication Research. 43(1), 1-29. Sandel, T. L., Wong Lowe, A., & Chao, W-Y. (2012). What does it mean to be Chinese?: Studying values as perceived by Chinese immigrants to the United States and by their children. In S. J. Kulich, M. H. Prosser, & L. P. Weng (Eds.), Value frame…

Singkawang, Jakarta and Elysium