I really enjoyed this class-- not simply because of the professor but also the course material. I signed up to learn more about this country my parents originate from and in turn, learn more about them and myself. But through the readings, I realize there’s so much more to Viet Nam than I initially thought. More than just a backwards country, it has a rich culture, dating back far longer than the U.S.-- it’s more than the war. While America still clings to their failure, Viet Nam has moved past it; because it’s nothing more than a small fragment of their history. We continue to view Viet Nam in this lens, disregarding the other beautiful aspects of their culture.
The way the professor framed the lessons held my interest. In most lectures, it’s nearly impossible to get through, but when she taught, it was easy to listen to. She engaged and interacted with the class in an enthusiastic manner that spoke of her passion for the subject. I enjoyed my time here, and I will sign up for more courses with Professor Valverde.
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