Southeast Asia: Creating Prosperity

The Creation of Prosperity in Southeast Asia through Business

Study Tours give students the opportunity to explore the economic, political, and cultural contexts of business in regions outside the US. Tours are proposed and planned by students, with the guidance of faculty and staff mentors. Below are the reflections of participants studying how business development can bolster prosperity in Southeast Asia.

My new friend Aung Aung

Now that I’ve had a few weeks to reflect on my trip to South East Asia, I realize just how much the trip changed me. While we were traveling, I met an 8-year-old boy named Aung Aung in Bagan, Myanmar. His small, thin frame made him look as if he … Read more 

Final Thoughts

The Southeast Asia Study Tour was a fantastic use of my first spring break at Sloan. There are two things I particularly appreciate. First, the length and depth of our visit to Myanmar. Second, the friendships I made with second year students that I otherwise would not have met.
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Developing Local Leaders in Myanmar

In Myanmar, we heard from many western businesses that local employees have trouble transitioning into management roles. Expats told us that Burmese employees are unable to make decisions and cannot advance work when their supervisor is away. Often times this was caveat-ed by noting that the country has been closed … Read more 

Learning About Buddhism

This trip was my first real exposure to Buddhism. From Bagan’s 2,000 temples to Yangon’s massive Shwedagon Pagoda and Bangkok’s teeming Wat Phra Kaew, I was amazed by the physical presence of religion in the landscape. Buddhist shrines and temples can range from small roadside figures to massive complexes with … Read more 

Government That Works?

In light of the challenges and growing cynicism of the political system in the United States, it was remarkable to see a genuine interest in advancing the good of the nation when speaking with officials from the Singaporean government. It’s not to say that challenges don’t also exist there, but … Read more 

Chili Crabs, Pagodas, and Mango Sticky Rice

So many beautiful pictures and memories were captured in image on this trip. I couldn’t help but share some highlights. A picture is worth a thousand [blog] words, and especially with T.Swift – Welcome to [Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand] .

 
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Homemade Remedies – Thanaka

Our first morning in Yangon, I took advantage of the Free & Easy morning we had to walk around the hotel and stumbled upon what seemed to be a food and vegetables market. At 8am, it was already hot, and I could feel the humidity hanging in the air signaling … Read more 

1000 Feet in the Air

I’ve spent a lot of time in airplanes, but never in a hot air balloon until Bagan. At dawn, we waited anxiously for the balloons to start rising as they filled with hot air. Even though we were only flying one tenth of the altitude of the lowest airplanes, a … Read more 

Neo-colonialism in the 21st Century

Yangon International Airport could not have been more of a contrast to the pristine infrastructure we had left a mere two hour flight away. If airports were representative of the cities they serviced, Yangon was surely as chaotic as Singapore was orderly. We had been properly coached that … Read more 

In a Sea of Chaos, an Island of Order

Looking out the port-side window of the 777 as we descended into Changi Airport in Singapore, you immediately notice what makes Singapore incredibly prosperous. The narrow band of water separating the Malay Peninsula and the islands of Indonesia serves as the bottleneck linking the vast Indian Ocean and the … Read more 

Lesson #3: Say “yes,” and then say “yes” again

It’s hard to process everything we saw, learned, tasted, and felt over the last two weeks. And I expect that we’ll only truly realize the impact of this trip on our mental paradigms and life paths in the years to come. But, today, as I reflect on the experience, three … Read more 

Lesson #2: Generosity isn’t always generous.

It’s hard to process everything we saw, learned, tasted, and felt over the last two weeks. And I expect that we’ll only truly realize the impact of this trip on our mental paradigms and life paths in the years to come. But, today, as I reflect on the experience, three … Read more