LC Winner’s Report on Asia Travel

The Lint Center is always pleased to hear from scholarship recipients who are already exploring the world and bringing back insights and knowledge from their travels.

Andrew Ertl, who  ‘Jim & Anna Hyonjoo Lint’ scholarship award in 2016, took a trip through Shanghai, Vietnam, and Seoul, South Korea. He took full advantage of the experience, visiting everything from a hockey game to an ice sculpture festival.

Andrew made a point of stopping at sites that were important both to his studies and to his past as a Marine. In Hue, outside the imperial citadel, I bumped into two former Marines who fought there (one of the Vietnam War’s toughest fights) 50 years ago. Andrew said, “Hearing about some of their experiences was something I will take with me forever. Next I stopped by Danang, the only reason for doing so was to see the site where Marines came ashore in March 1965 (Nam O Beach–which kicked off the United States’ rapid escalation).”

He also said, “Of all the places I visited in Ho Chi Minh City, one of the most impactful was visiting the American Consulate General (which used to be the US Embassy) and where the Viet Cong broke in on January 30, 1968 during which two Marine guards (a job I used to do) died in its defense. Aaron O’Connell wrote a book called “Underdogs: The Making of the Modern Marine Corps” in which he likens the Marine Corps to a religion. He is correct and I was on a pilgrimage.”

Andrew is now back in Beijing. We will be looking forward to seeing what projects and cultural experiences Andrew takes on next.