Development Stereotypes

As a Canadian intern one of my greatest assets is my ability to speak, read, write, and comprehend English; being able to work comfortably in English and represent SRD to the English speaking world are a few of the things I’m valued for here. What this means is that I’m often sent to workshops, training sessions, meetings, and – recently – policy development working groups where I’m expected to represent SRD and all of the Vietnamese NGOs that they represent. At these types of meetings, I have seen several stereotypes come into play many of which I’m fairly certain I’m supposed to remain silent about and pretend don’t happen…

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