Although a large part of the MIM Asia Trip is devoted to learning about business in Asia by visiting companies overseas, the trip also gives MIM students a chance to do a fair amount of sightseeing along the way. This year we had at least one free day in each of the three cities that we visited, with either group tours organized, or the option of exploring the cities on our own in small groups.
While the official Asia Trip lasts for 3 weeks, a few students continue their Asian tour every year on an optional 4th week trip that is exclusively for sightseeing and traveling farther afield. This year the group travelled to Cambodia and Thailand, highlights of which were visiting places such as the NGO Transitions Global, and the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, and Angkor Wat and other temples in Siem Reap, as well as the 5.5 ton golden Buddha statue in Bangkok.
Josh is a full-time student in the Master of International Management program. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in Japanese, he taught English in Tokyo for 3 years, before moving to China and teaching at a university in the city of Zhengzhou. Inspired by his experiences in Japan and China, he was drawn to the MIM program because of its regional focus on Asia, as well as for Portland State University’s reputation as a leader in the field of sustainable business. He is studying Chinese in the MIM program, but tries to keep up his Japanese whenever he can.