Mt. Abe Students Explore Life Across the Pacific

Yuki in Cambodia

Thursday, September 23, 2010
7:00pm, Free, Lawrence Memorial Library. For a map to the library, click here.

Two Mount Abraham Union High School seniors, Brian O’Connor and Yuki Davis will discuss their recent experiences of travel to Asia and immersion into two totally different cultures.

Yuki Davis left her home in Bristol, Vermont, for six weeks of travel around Cambodia, soaking in the rich culture and language with a student group from Where There Be Dragons. Dragon programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences. Yuki and her group of thirteen high school students from across the country went to Cambodia in order to study the country’s development following the treacherous regime of the Khmer Rouge. While studying how the country was recovering, Yuki also independently delved into the subject of education about the genocide, culminating in a final presentation. Yuki says “Every single experience, every passing moment, from stargazing to Khmai language lessons, home stays to teaching English, trekking through the Cambodian jungle to sleeping in hammocks, was unbelievably challenging and incredibly rewarding.”

Brian in TaiwanBrian O’Connor spent the 2009-2010 school year living as an exchange student in Taipei, Taiwan. While in Taiwan he lived with several families, attended high school and took courses in Mandarin Chinese. Brian will be giving a presentation on what led him to his Asian trip, the various forms of culture shock he experienced and “the horrors of fermented tofu.”

For a map to the library, click here.

The One-World Library Project is a “world library within a library” with a collection of books, films, and other media about world cultures. OWLP items are available for community members to check out at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol. The One-World Library Project also hosts regular programs at the library on the various fascinating cultures that fill our planet. For more information about the One-World Library Project please call 453-4147 or go to Stuck

The Lawrence Memorial Library, which hosts the One-World Library Project, is located at 40 North Street in Bristol and has a full listing of items in the One-World Library in their online catalog,

People are encouraged to recommend or donate items to OWLP that express the richness of their personal experiences with other cultures whether through family, study, travel, language, food, history, art or music. To purchase books or other media to donate to the project, the OWLP encourages the support of local bookstores such as the Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury.