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What I read: Week of November 19

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I read a ton of articles every week, and I don't save most of them in any formal way, so I decided I might as well collect them here. Categories are not mutually exclusive nor exhaustive. Peep what I'm reading this week:

ASEAN 2017 Part One: Bali

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This is part one of five. For the other sections, see Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.As of August 30, I am adding the links as the posts go up. Thank you for your patience.
This summer, I took an internship in Bangkok through the MIT Action Learning program. Our team, one of three Action Learning teams in Bangkok, comprised three MIT students and three students from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University. I had an amazing summer and I feel extremely #blessed that MIT offers this program. I am grateful to Sasin for hosting us, and to my Sasin teammates for being such welcoming and fun coworkers.

The time I exchanged emails with a billionaire

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When I saw this interview with Sir Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital, I wasn't even upset. I was bored! The pipeline excuse for not hiring women and minorities is so tired. And, of course, every time one of these boring companies gets caught, they hire a token woman/minority who is "every bit as qualified as her peers." Snooze cruise!

Ladies' book journal

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I've been reading a bunch of feminist books:

Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women by Caryl Rivers
Eye-opening and funny, Boston University professor Caryl Rivers calls out "man bites dog" media coverage that asserts women naturally belong in the home, despite the fact that women are more advanced in business, academia, medicine, etc. now than ever before. These stories are designed to play into the fears of affluent, white women, manipulating these women's high buying power. Covering everything from negative representations of working mothers to salacious coverage of female murderers and crooks, this book sheds new light on the media's assault on female success.

Highly recommended as an engaging read and a source of fresh information. Also recommended for the woman who's sick of being told she's doing everything wrong.

Last few months

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Business school is busy in that I forget what I'm doing and where I'm going, but I have large chunks of uncommitted time. I've been using the unclaimed hours to read a lot.* I have always read for fun, but I never read much in college because engineering only allows for two electives. I took public speaking and Spanish, neither of which I can currently recall. That's not true, I'm a pretty good public speaker. I have good projection and tone.

One time, I went to Fort Collins to visit a friend. We spent one whole day drinking up and down the main street** and then we fell asleep on a couch in a used bookstore where the clerk was going on about how Siddhartha changed his life. I had a coworker from Fort Collins, later, and he knew the bookstore.

My global engineering class inspires me

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*Public service announcement: Please consider donating to these fantastic causes if you care about positive social change.

I find writing less appealing when I’m happy. To write about my happy life feels like bragging. (Although I’m bursting with new ideas about how I’ve achieved my current healthy outlook.) I could also write about technology topics I’m interested in, but I risk exposing my inner nerddess while also boring readers with technical details and a dispassionate tone. Ah, well.