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Living in Nagoya While Focusing on Her Homeland

Yatana, Class of 2016, is continuing her postgraduate studies in Nagoya as a doctoral researcher.


Where are you living now?
I am currently living in Nagoya, Japan.

What kind of work/studies are you doing?
I am continuing my postgraduate studies as a doctoral researcher. My primary academic interest revolves around the variegated processes of democratization in Asia, and in particular, Myanmar. 

What do you enjoy most about your job/studies?
I enjoy the freedom to pursue projects that capture my interest. Alongside my studies, my job as a commissioning editor is especially enjoyable as it allows me to discover and learn from the diverse works of other researchers. 

What kind of challenges does it hold for you?
Working and studying virtually during a global pandemic comes with a barrier of physical distance. Although this has been a challenging predicament, it has also enabled me to connect and collaborate with individuals across the world in a way that was previously not possible.
Did NIS help you prepare for your current situation in any way?
Undertaking the IB Diploma Programme at NIS had cultivated me to become an independent, open-minded, and active learner. The skills I acquired while writing my Extended Essay have especially been integral throughout my job/studies. 

What’s the one thing that you are really enjoying or are most excited about these days? 
I am most excited about Burmawave: an initiative I co-founded with my sister, Sarina, in the wake of the coup d’état in our homeland, Myanmar. Through this project, we aim to raise awareness on and critically discuss the complexities behind the ongoing political crisis there. 

What’s the one thing you miss most about NIS?
I miss organizing Global Citizens Day (see page 8, 2016 Connections), which came to fruition thanks to the kind support of my friends and teachers. NIS provided an ideal space to foster student initiatives as well as to explore sports, music, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities.

And of course, we need to know, what words of wisdom do you have for today’s Dolphins?
The more you learn, the more you become aware of how much you don’t know. Once you realize this, your adventure as a life-long learner begins—enjoy! 







グローバルシチズン・デイを企画、実行したことです。(2016年 Connections 8ページ)