Hong An Doan
Master's: Multicultural Education, Spring 2011
Hong An completed a Master's Degree in the College's Multicultural Education program. The Multicultural Education graduate program explores theoretical and pedagogical issues of bilingualism, multiculturalism, educational equity, and social justice, offering courses and experiences to assist educators to work successfully in classrooms, schools, and educational agencies within our diverse State.
Occupation: ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator for Incheon Metropolitan Office of Education, South Korea
Project: The Stress Factors of Vietnamese 1.5 Generation Adolescents
Undergraduate Institution: California State University, Sacramento. B.A. Liberal Studies
Why did you enroll in the Multicultural Education MA program?
I have always been interested in multicultural studies. I identify myself as a multicultural individual and am fortunate to live and grow up in a multicultural setting. Furthermore, my desire for traveling and learning about different people and cultures has motivated me to engage myself in this field. I graduated from the BMED teaching program one year prior to my enrollment in the MA multicultural education program. BMED has provided me the valuable tool to help me in becoming a better educator who advocates for multicultural and social justice in school. I believe that the fundamental change starts with education.
How has the MA in Multicultural Education impacted and/or shaped your professional/personal goals?
The MA in multicultural education has helped me to become more aware my own cultural identity and multicultural issues in our society and in education. It provides me the knowledge to become more flexible when dealing with cultural differences. Living abroad is challenging because the cultural environment is unfamiliar and often can become problematic if I don't know how to approach my disputes appropriately. I am required to be more patient, adaptable, knowledgeable, and critical when dealing with difficult cultural situations abroad. Furthermore, this program has helped me to become a better educator. I am applying the knowledge I have learned from this program in my daily teaching. My Korean students enjoy learning and are benefit greatly from this program. I continuously share my knowledge with other educators in Korea through workshops and dialogues. I believe multicultural education is applicable to any society and any country.