Rebuilding Foundations

An exploration of international development work in Africa

About me

August 2012


Here are a couple sentences to explain who I am and the influences behind my opinions.

Mid-20s.  Female.  Canadian.

I am a civil engineer, but honestly I’m more interested in the social sciences than pipe fixtures and traffic flow.

My “hometown” is a little island just off the coast of Vancouver, BC.  Growing up on this hippy island cultivated my left-wing, idealist personality.  Furthermore, it gave me an appreciation for nature and an aversion to large cities.

It should also be noted that this island may be the last predominantly “white” suburb of Vancouver.  That means that although I consider myself 100% “Canadian,” most people see my mixed Chinese-Caucasian heritage and call me “Asian.”  As a result, I tend to be hypersensitive to race and ethnicity issues.

My humour often includes hyperboles when I think something is ridiculous.

In this blog I will try to be open-minded and compassionate, but also allow my own personality to come through in my writing.  Maybe this introduction will help you sort out the biases.


May 2014 Update

Hello! Everything written above is still true, although now I’m couple years older – yet still can’t use proper grammar. Also I’m studying community planning, which has only increased my general skepticism. Anything written here is my opinion only and does not represent the opinions of Engineers Without Borders or Amplify Governance.  Hope you enjoy this blog.


2 thoughts on “About me

  1. one who knows maad on said:

    This blog is maaad

  2. Way to go Beth!!! Your blogs are amazing. Have fun and be safe. 🙂

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