Julia Zoo

Julia Zoo (eHomemakers): Julia received her BA with a dual major in Education and Sociology from Yonsei University in Seoul. She also attended Assumption University in Bangkok for two semesters as a transfer student in her sophomore year. After graduation she worked as a computer programmer for an IT service company in Seoul, Korea and interned at the United Nations ICT Task Force in 2006. Julia then received a Master’s degree in International Public Policy from New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, where she studied development policy for information communication technology for development (ICT4D).

Heading Out

24 May

I still remember the moment I set foot on KL for the first time, seven years ago. The city was an interesting mixture of everything, glamorous skyscrapers against deep blue sky of equatorial Malaysia, and shop signs written in three different languages that reminded me of its rich culture. I was so amazed to see all these different things dwell in one scene making such a wonderful picture together.

Preparing for my six-month stay in KL as an AP Peace Fellow for eHomemakers, I recall the excitement I felt seven years back. This time however, the excitement is somewhat different since it’s not just about enjoying the beautiful mosaic of different pieces, but more so about bridging a divide that separates people within the picture; particularly as eHomemakers focuses on, how innovative technology can bring about new opportunities for the women entrepreneurs from disadvantaged communities in Malaysia.

Speaking of technology, I am a believer of Information Communication Technology (ICT). As I once read from Thomas Friedman’s book, I do believe “technology is the great equalizer,” which would bring unprecedented opportunities for learning and growing even to the most marginalized and disempowered. And as I read on the materials that Ching Ching, my enthusiastic host at eHomemakers sent me regarding their work, I become more and more excited from the realization that how ideal this experience would be for me to work with an ICT for Development (ICT4D) in the field. My departure is just in 12 days time and yes, I am looking forward to it.

Posted By Julia Zoo

Posted May 24th, 2007

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