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Akire Hoots

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Heinz Programming Area: 
Arts & Culture
Study Abroad Country: 
Thailand
International Experience

Akiré spent 7 weeks in Thailand studying at Chiang Mai University's Faculty of Law. Her areas of focus including cultural customs and the political system of Southeast Asia. She took courses in Migration and Refugees in Southeast Asia as well as Human Rights in Southeast Asia. While she traveled as north as Chiang Rai and south as Surat Thani she learned that Thailand has become a melting pot of Southeast Asian culture, evidenced by the range of different languages and dress of ethnic minorities. One of the highlights of Akiré's time in Thailand was when she had the opportunity to interview two students of BEAM, a migrant learning center. During her interview she got knowledge of how the revolution in Burma affected the Shaan state ethnic minorities--forcing them to flee their villages and travel by foot to seek refuge in Thailand. She took academic excursions to visit Chiang Mai's Red Light District to further understand sex work's relation to migration and also to a safe haven for rescued exploited children, ZOE International. Aside from her academic excursions she took time to challenge herself by hiking to Doi Suthep, island hopping to Koh Tao, Krabi and Phuket, visiting art galleries and making friends at the jazz co-op.  

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