Amanda Dennis

December 26, 2005

Upon her return from Thailand in 2004, Amanda dabbled in literary journalism before moving west to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric at Berkeley. (Rhetoric is an interdisciplinary department that combines elements of philosophy and literary criticism). In 2006 she will take a leave of absence to study European Literature and Culture at Cambridge University on a Gates Scholarship. Even though her scholarly interests (western literature, western philosophy) have an occidental slant, her encounters with Thai religion and culture have vividly colored her view of western philosophical mores. She plans to use her experience teaching and designing literature courses at Mae Fah Luang University to prepare for graduate school teaching assignments. But the most persistently memorable Chiangrai experiences are those that are invariably inaccessible to the average graduate student: motorcycle rides up to hill tribe villages, watching the monsoons flood the rice fields and price-bargaining with tuk-tuk drivers and market vendors.

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