Factory Girl, Chapter 3: Fighting Sexual Harassment—No Lawyers Required

Note: This series is about a cultural immersion experience in the late 70’s and early 80’s. It was cultural immersion because I was new to factory work and for three of the five years that I worked for Control Data Corporation, I worked alongside primarily African-Americans.  I am white (whatever the hell that means; actually … More Factory Girl, Chapter 3: Fighting Sexual Harassment—No Lawyers Required

Why Travel Outside the US (If you are an American)

Today’s post is by guest blogger and friend Linda Feltes. Linda Feltes is a team leader with Xperitas (formerly Global citizens Network) She has ten years experience co-leading groups on cultural immersion travel trips in the US and abroad, in addition to her fulltime job with the State of Minnesota.  I learn something new every time I leave … More Why Travel Outside the US (If you are an American)

Dalat, Vietnam: The Niagara Falls of Vietnam, and a breath of fresh air for tourists

The first time my husband and I went to Vietnam, he found a travel agent working through an agency near Hanoi run by Vietnamese nationals.  Unlike many low resource countries, Vietnam, having fought many wars against colonialists and won, has developed a tourism industry that is run by and employs nationals. Our guide Thanh was … More Dalat, Vietnam: The Niagara Falls of Vietnam, and a breath of fresh air for tourists

Factory Girl, Chapter 2: the Inner City plant

Factory Girl: Prologue gives a rundown on this novel social/business experiment by William Norris, founder of Control Data Corporation. If you haven’t read it, the Magnetic Peripherals Inner City computer manufacturing plant brought together folks from various backgrounds with spotty work and education histories. Control Data’s goal was to make money by using these folks to … More Factory Girl, Chapter 2: the Inner City plant