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Lan Hoang
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My latest article for Oxfam Novib's knowledge exchange platform, E-motive. This time on Compassion! :)
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"Nowadays, we hear and see the rising significance of Empathy and Compassion everywhere, especially in workplace. These are all important traits to have when it comes to developing higher Emotional Intelligence, which is believed to be crucial in more advanced societies."
#compassion #thichnhathanh #empathy
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But that naming struggle was nothing compared with figuring out what to call the parts of the world we cover. Third World? Developing world? Global south? Low- and middle-income countries?
There are many ways to refer to the parts of our planet where people lack decent health care, education and services like electricity and clean water. And just about every label has its problems.
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Option 2. You go work for the UN. Keep the job you love and the lifestyle that goes with it. Your salary jumps to levels that used to get you all riled up after a few drinks back when you used to work for “honest” down-to-earth INGOs. Now you’re cynical about them all and aggressively defend your need to raise a nest egg to plough the way for the family/dog/cottage/brats you’re planning. You’ve done your bit after all. You do this for a while before you realize you sacrificed every dream you ever had in this work and can no longer look yourself in the mirror.

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"I smiled at the realization as I walked home, marveling over the cosmos while swinging my dangerously thin purse. Finding work that I enjoyed wouldn’t always be possible, and it would seldom be easy. But that lawyer’s unexpected lecture helped me understand that I had a choice with each career move I made: I could fixate on finding jobs that would help me afford beautiful universes small enough to hold in my hand. Or I could seek out work that would remind me that I was, wondrously, living inside of one."
Trading a higher paying but mind-numbing position for one in which the greatest rewards were not financial.
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Recently joining UN Women Viet Nam, my team and I've been a part of the global ‪#‎16Days‬ of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Starting from November 25 until December 10, we hope to tell you more about the issue of violence against women and girls worldwide.

If you want to know more, or just simply interested in following the activism side of our work, do check out/follow our Facebook page! - https://lnkd.in/e9hTfxv :)
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“When people say, ‘Oh, ask the people!’, it’s childish rubbish ... They say people can think for themselves? Do you honestly believe that the chap who can’t pass primary six knows the consequences of his choice when he answers a questions viscerally on language, culture and religion? ... we would starve, we would have race riots. We would disintegrate.”
— Quoted in Lee Kuan Yew: The Man and His Ideas, 1998
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"Look at the reading lists of most book clubs, and you’ll see all the same books, the ones that have been shouted about in the press. If you actually calculate how many books you read in a year—and how many that means you’re likely to read before you die—you’ll start to realize that you need to be highly selective in order to make the most of your reading time.” And the best way to do that? See a bibliotherapist, as soon as you can, and take them up on their invitation, to borrow some lines from Shakespeare’s “Titus Andronicus”: “Come, and take choice of all my library/And so beguile thy sorrow…”
After the First World War, traumatized soldiers were often prescribed a course of reading.
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The relief he referred to is familiar to every migrant I know: the love of the unfamiliar, the joy of discovering different cultures, and in many cases, the thrill of escape. Our exile is never only painful, it is also liberating—a chance to stand alone in the world and self-create.
When coming home from years of being an expat means having to face your demons.
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I am not Catholic, and yet I find myself drawn to the women saints. There is something about them that I admire. Maybe it is simply the lengths to which they went to avoid marrying. When St. Catherine’s mother said her hair would surely attract a good suitor, she cut all of it off. When St. Lucia’s pursuer said she had lovely eyes, she cut them out and presented them to him. (“What,” I imagine her asking him as he screamed. “I thought you said you liked them.”) Then there’s St. Olga of Kiev, whose feast day is my birthday. Emissaries came to her and suggested she marry their prince. She had them all buried alive.
We still have few models for how to construct a life outside of coupledom.
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"As a Canadian, I get really irritated when countries require me to have a visa to visit. It is just such a drag to have to get the passport photo, go to an embassy, and fill out the paperwork, you know? The worst.

I stopped complaining about that when I fully comprehended that for many, their nationality means they can’t just pay the visa processing fee and go. It means that they can’t go at all.

For a Cambodian to visit the United States, they require a host in the US, a ton of money in their bank account, proof of their English proficiency, and they are also screened via an interview process.

For a Canadian to visit the United States (or Europe or Morocco or Malaysia or, or, or…), they have to show up at the border with a passport."
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“I have to say goodbye more times than I would have liked, but everyone can say that. And no matter how many times we do it, even if it’s for the greater good, it still stings. And though we will never forget what we have given up, we owe it to ourselves to keep moving forward.

What we can’t do is to live our lives always afraid of the next goodbye, because chances are they are not going to stop. The trick is to recognize when a goodbye can be a good thing, when it’s a chance for us to start again.” :)
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"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms, or books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer."
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As you ripen, you’ll notice that time is the weirdest thing in the world, that these surprises are relentless, and that getting older is not a stroll but an ambush.
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Education
  • The University of Hong Kong
    2014
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Adventurer, Peace-lover and aspiring Changemaker
Introduction

Lan (Hong Hoang) was born in Hanoi, Vietnam and spent portions of her years living between the United States and Vietnam. She is currently studying the Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong with a double major in International Politics and Sociology. She was on a yearlong exchange program with Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

A firm believer in world unity and equality, Lan is convinced by the potential of participatory development in providing platforms and giving voice to the less privileged and the marginalized, to promote and propel the global development agenda. During her studies, Lan has been engaging in various social projects such as grassroots educational outreach on girl’s rights in Ghana, cultural integration and racial unity among student body on Hong Kong University campus, and social impact evaluation in the Netherlands.

Lan takes on the role of E-motive’s correspondent in Asia with this blog, aiming to reflect regional social issues and best practices of development projects in Asia. This serves to promote knowledge sharing and break stereotypes in the less developed regions.

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  • British Council
    Global Changemaker, present
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