Course Reflection of Contemporary Pacific Rim and World Affairs class

During the spring term of MIM, students take a Contemporary Pacific Rim and World Affairs class with Professor Melanie Billings-Yun. Personally, I can say that this class is the best history class I have taken! I gained a lot of knowledge from this class, not only studying the wonderful history, but I also can apply them when I work with people who have different culture and norm.
In this class, we had studied a broad sweep of the history, politics and economics of East Asia to shed light on the business attitudes and environment across the countries of the Asian Pacific Rim today as well to a deeper understanding of relations between those countries and the outside world, most notably the United States.


Moreover, we had team case analyses which consist of 3-4 students. We need to read the business case study, imagine the case as a situation we are actually facing, with the assigned questions acting merely as a guideline for consideration. We worked as a unit to flesh out the problems you identify based on the facts at hand, make a persuasive argument supporting the analysis, come up with a unified solution based on that analysis, and provide evidence supporting on recommended solution. We also need to intend to develop critical thinking about current, real-life management situations and to connect those issues with the history covered in the textbook and lectures.

Professor Melanie

The most important person who makes the class great was the Professor Melanie. She was awesome due to she had a unique technique to teach students such as asking students to share ideas, connecting case studies with real situation, and encouraging students to participate. These helped everyone understand the history field as well as the way of life of people who come from different place.
All in all, this class was so great. This class helps me broaden my vision how to do business with foreign people. I have more understanding in their norm, culture, politics and economics which help me be able to do business with them and succeed in the future.

Jaraswan Jarasjaruwan or Pear is a full-time MIM student. She got a Bachelor’s of Science from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. After she graduated, she worked as an educational consultant in Thailand for 2 years. Pear chose to study international business at Portland State University because she is interested in the business field and also the reputation of the university. Currently, Pear is studying Chinese as a third language. Also, she will choose Finance as her specialization in the Master of International Management program.
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