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Viet Nam & Cambodia / Study Abroad

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Study “Nam” and The Killing Fields — Experience Viet Nam and Cambodia

Trip dates: June 16—July 3, 2017
Course dates: May 24—July 20, 2017
COM 220 (Intercultural Communication; 3 credits)

Program Fee: $2,200 (does not include round-trip airfare to Southeast Asia, CMC tuition, vaccinations, visa and passport fees, travel cancellation insurance or spending money)

Storytelling Then and Now — Vietnam and Cambodia

Generally, for Americans, Viet Nam is still closely associated with the Second Indochina War — or the Vietnam War, “Nam.” With regard to Cambodia, atrocities of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime and “The Killing Fields” endure.

Iconic photographs and articles in newspapers, news magazines and history books, as well as portrayals in literature and popular culture, have created lasting impressions of Viet Nam as a war-torn, impoverished enemy. Cambodia, having emerged from its dark history during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, is still closely connected to anguished stories from survivors, gruesome images of human remains uncovered in the Killing Fields and the harrowing, stark photos of the thousands of Cambodian citizens imprisoned in the notorious S-21 Tuol Sleng Prison.

In COM 220: Storytelling Then and Now, you will analyze historical news coverage of Viet Nam and Cambodia in Western mass media as well as examine portrayals of the two countries conveyed in literature and popular culture. After studying the stories of then, you will experience the beauty, culture and hospitality of Indochina and create the stories of now.

Viet Nam highlights include:

  • Sightseeing in Ha Noi including Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Boating in Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Homestay in the village of Dai Binh
  • Visit to Cham Island and snorkeling in the South China Sea
  • Tour of orchid and organic vegetable gardens in Hoi An
  • Visit to Da Nang and “China Beach”
  • Tour of Hue’s Citadel and Imperial Palace
  • Tour of Cu Chi Tunnels
  • Visit to My Tho’s floating market in the Mekong Delta
  • Sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City (Sai Gon) including War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh Square, Thien Hau Temple, Presidential Palace, Dogma Gallery, Ginkgo Concept Store

Cambodia highlights include:

  • Sightseeing in Phnom Penh including Tuol Sleng Prison (S-21), Killing Fields, Russian Market, Royal Palace and Sliver Pagoda
  • Tour of Angkor Wat (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Sailing on Tonle Sap Lake and
  • Tour of floating and stilted villages
  • Visit to old market in Siem Reap

Apply Now!

Download the Vietnam & Cambodia Study Abroad Application (pdf).

For more information, contact:

Stephanie Glaser
Communications Adjunct Instructor
Colorado Mountain College Buena Vista