New Student Photo Series 2010 – Entry #12

Dear incoming students, please continue to send in photos.  Last summer we had close to 100 entries and I would like to eclipse that this year if possible.  So if you have not submitted photos yet, please do so.  Instructions on how to submit are here.

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The first set of photos come from Ethan Wilkes, an incoming focusing in Economic and Political Development.

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At the feet of the “Great Leader” – North Koreans of all walks of life are required to pay their respects to the late Kim Il Sung, “President for life” of the DPRK (a title which he continues to retain well into death…). Here is a group of schoolgirls doing exactly that at the feet of a VERY large statue of him.

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China’s Wild West – in the area known as Kham, traditionally the eastern frontier of Tibet and now the whole of western Sichuan Province, a monk, two ‘cowboys’ and a Han settler share a drink.

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The next set of photos is from Nathan Gardner, an incoming MIA student.

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Taken in Autumn of 2007 during Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) holiday in South Korea.  I took this picture in Kangwa Island during a temple stay.  The stone guardian is for a nearby burial mound and in the background is a traditional Korean house with a gate and surrounding wall. This type of housing is rare for South Koreans because most live in high rise apartments in urban areas.

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While backpacking through South East Asia in the Winter of 2008 I took this photo in Laos.  Located on the top of Phu Si, which is a tall steep hill in the center of and overlooking the old capital of Luang Prabang.  This was a creative way to use US ordnance from the 1960s-70s.

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