Art on the Edge of Politics is a once in a life time educational opportunity for students to become acquainted with the people, culture, history, literature, art and geography of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, places few Westerners venture. Southeast Asian countries are experiencing rapid change as they struggle to connect to the burgeoning global economy. Surrounded by successful “Asian economic tigers,” Vietnam, Laos and Thailand offer emerging markets, natural resources and cheap labor. These countries also offer a wide range of ethnic diversity, geographic diversity and bio-diversity; mountains, beaches, jungle, rugged coastline and the large Mekong Delta area in southern Vietnam, an area that is home to many endangered species such as fresh water porpoise, red headed cranes, white storks and Java rhinos.
Dec. 30, 2012–Jan. 19, 2013
Participants may earn up to six credit hours selected from the following courses:
With faculty approval and permission, participants may also apply for Directed Study credit pursuant to a successfully completed Directed Study proposal signed by all appropriate parties, following the guidelines and requirements of a Directed Study. Please see the registrar's office for Directed Study forms and guidelines.
The travel program will be led by two experts on foreign relations and military history, Dr. Hal Wert, Ph.D., professor of liberal arts at KCAI, and Dr. Jim Willbanks from Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Program expenses includes tuition, airfare, ground transportation, accommodations, all excursions and museum entries and most meals.
Friday, Sept. 14: Completed application, including all required accompanying documentation, and a $250 non-refundable program deposit are due. Program deposits must be paid in the business office on the second floor of Vanderslice Hall and completed applications must be submitted to the international studies coordinator in the Academic Resource Center on the second floor of Jannes Library.
Accepted participants will receive email confirmation early the following week at which time they will be asked to sign and return their acceptance form to the international studies coordinator in the ARC.
Friday, Sept. 28: Payment for half of the total program cost is due in the business office.
Friday, Oct. 19: Payment for the final half of the total program cost is due in the business office.
Dec. 30, 2012: Depart Kansas City
Dec. 31: In transit (crossing the International Date Line)
Jan. 1: Arrive Hanoi, transfer to the hotel. After lunch, visit Temple of Literature
Jan. 2: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum of Ethnology, evening Water Puppet performance
Jan. 3: Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum, (if time permits) Museum of Vietnamese Revolution, Hoa Lo Prison (the Hanoi Hilton), military museum or art museum; free time
Jan. 4: Hanoi Laocal, overnight train to Sapa
Jan. 5: Arrive Sapa. Visit Hmong and Dao village of Sin Chai, experience textiles, music, food and dance. Home stay
Jan. 6: Transfer to Bacha for Sunday market. By bus to Laichau
Jan. 7: Laichau to Dienbierphu, visit Dien Bien Phu battlefield and museum
Jan. 8: Giap Headquarters, evening banquet and party with Black Thai
Jan. 9: Fly to Dienbien Hanoi. Lemat snake village
Jan. 10: By road to Caobang
Jan. 11: Cao Bang (French/Vietnamese Minh Battle), Ho Chi Minh hideout, Uncle Ho Museum and (if time permits) Ban Gioc Falls
Jan. 12: Caobang Hanoi by bus
Jan. 13: Fly to Luang Prabang, Laos. Meet tour guide and transfer to hotel. After short rest, climb up Phousli Mountain to watch the sunset
Jan. 14: 5 a.m. attend an Arm-Giving – hundreds of monks walking along side road to collect rice and food from laymen. After breakfast, visit National Museum before participating in morning cooking class at Tamarind Cooking School. Late afternoon, visit Wat Visit Sun.
Jan. 15: Visit Wat Sene and Wat Xjengthong. Short flight to Veintuane. Meet guide and tour city, visit Pha That Luang, photos at Patuxay monument.
Jan. 16: Visit National Museum, Horprakao, and Wat Slsaketh
Jan. 17: Vientiane to Bangkok. Damnoen Saduak floating market
Jan. 18: Grand Palace, Wat Pra Keaw, National Museum, National Art Gallery
Jan. 19, 2013: Depart Bangkok for US