Abraham Kim http://mtpr.net en Fight for Hope and Freedom: Human Trafficking and Montana http://mtpr.net/post/fight-hope-and-freedom-human-trafficking-and-montana <div><p>After winning Picture of the Year for his film “12 Years a Slave”, celebrated Director Steve McQueen dedicated his Academy Award to the 21 million people around the world still entrapped in slavery.&nbsp; To many Montanans, this statement may sound a bit strange, even unbelievable.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is hard to imagine world where men, women, and children are brutally exploited and trafficked like a commercial property.&nbsp; Such practices, however, not only exist today but also thrive.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:33:29 +0000 Abraham Kim 17396 at http://mtpr.net Marking International Education Week in Montana http://mtpr.net/post/marking-international-education-week-montana <p>Last week while visiting Beijing, China, I appreciated once again how large our world is and, at the same time, how small it is as well.&nbsp; While scaling the Great Wall and walking through the grandiose imperial palace of the Forbidden City, I was reminded how historically rich and culturally diverse the global community is outside of the United States.&nbsp; At the same time, as I passed the bustling streets of this metropolis of 21 million people buzzing with market activities, I also realized how interconnected our worlds are. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 18:04:25 +0000 Abraham Kim 11167 at http://mtpr.net The Importance of Learning Foreign Languages http://mtpr.net/post/importance-learning-foreign-languages <p>Learning a foreign language is both time consuming and troublesome. &nbsp;I still recall in high school and in college spending hours trying to memorize hundreds of vocabulary words in Spanish and Japanese and the dozens of ways to conjugate verbs. &nbsp;I still cringe when thinking about the deep embarrassment of those awkward moments when I tried to express complex thoughts in front of my foreign language classes using kindergarten level terms because of my limited vocabulary. &nbsp;Although these were difficult times in my international academic training, I certainly do not regret it. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 15:27:28 +0000 Dr. Abraham Kim 10190 at http://mtpr.net