Luu Hue My Le from Vietnam will be our next featured advocate. My Le is currently a member of Table 4, focusing on the topic "Economic Growth and Human Well-being".
"I always have a huge admiration towards youths who could confidently share their thoughts towards social issues without fear of being wrong or judged by others, also toward people who have a wide range of understanding and their ways of influencing others to care and aware of social issues. I am excited and expecting to meet and talk to them so that I can learn how to make a useful impact toward community, even a small community like my social circle or school networks.
Q１. Please tell us what are the reasons/motivations that made you apply for ISC65?
There are many reasons I want to apply for ISC65. Firstly, after my first year in a foreign university, I started to realize how different things are happening, how different in the way me – as an Asian was taught and think compare to foreigners. Since I spent most of my time before university just studying, I grew up have a little and decent amount of awareness toward social issues. When I saw ISC65 application, I thought this would be a great opportunity to think, learn and discuss with many different interesting mindsets. Also, I think this year topics are really practical, they highlight many visible issues that we do talk about yet have not heard of a visible solution.
Besides wanting to broaden my knowledge, I am more interest in cultural exchange, cultural talks and making new friends. I believe that diversity is important to teach you to see the issue and the world in a variety of outlooks. ISC65 is an interesting platform for me to make new friends, educate myself about cultural and knowledge differences, expose to valuable ideas and thoughts from all our attendants. I always have a huge admiration towards youths who could confidently share their thoughts towards social issues without fear of being wrong or judged by others, also toward people who have a wide range of understanding and their ways of influencing others to care and aware of social issues. I am excited and expecting to meet and talk to them so that I can learn how to make a useful impact toward community, even a small community like my social circle or school networks.
Last but not least, as all attendants, I would like to be part of ISC65 and try my best to share my thoughts and ideas about these issues. I would like to be a helpful attendant of this awesome platform where we can all grow, learn, and make an impact together.
Q２.What do you think about your table’s topic?
I think this is a practical issue since most Asian countries are striving to grow the economy and the life of their citizens. As economic growth is measured by the increasing rate in GDP. It initially raises a concern that how a compact measurement like GDP, which measures all our production in a given period, could evaluate our well-being which comprises most of the intangible variables. It is apparent that if we continue to focus on economic growth as either a measure of wealth, well-being or a tool to evaluate economics for decision making, we can be led to absurd or damaging tactics that go against the whole well-being purposes and the basic value of growth.
However, this is also indeed a difficult problem. We have heard many stories where countries running for the rise of the economic growth index that they end up damaging not only their people well-being but also the environment condition. Many workers these days are under too much pressure because of a growth index that may be a poor estimation, which they have to work to death or do illegal actions to have a higher quantity of sales, production, etc at the end of the day. Also, an obvious related issue is a bigger and bigger social gap. All of these major consequences highly influence the well- being of people. Our well-being is a safer world, the autonomy for ourselves, innovative ideas and models that give people more time for themselves, a quality and satisfied service industry that fulfills people expectation and needs, yet, are all severely mismeasured by GDP and the economic growth rate. As such, I believe in order to make the right important political, business decisions based on a growth index, we should better figure it out a way to ensure that the index guide these decisions is included all the well-being variables and reduce the consequences that this index could possibly make to the best. I am looking forward to hearing the views of other on this issues, also hoping that we could come up with practical solutions.
Q３.What do you think about your table’s activities in overall now?
I feel like our table having many bright, optimistic and talented people. I’m happy that a lot of their opinions on the issues impress me and make me to think more about the topic. Also, these friends are very understanding, we all have other things in our life and I’m so appreciated that they do give each other time and listen to other explanation. Also, since everyone is easy to talk, it makes me feel more comfortable to share my thoughts though my English is not so fluent. Overall, I like the atmosphere of the discussion and all Skype talks, I’m looking forward to having more talks with them in the future
Q４. Can you share hare with us some of your feelings towards the upcoming ISC65?
For the upcoming ISC65, I feel really excited since this is my first time coming to Japan – one of my must-to-go country. Also, I did feel a little bit scared that I cannot speak out all my thoughts and could not participate well for the conference. However, I positively tell myself that if I did repair, I could do my best. So, I’m still very very looking forward for it.
Q5. Can you tell us a little bit about your hometown?
My hometown is in Ho Chi Minh City in the South of Viet Nam. This is such a hectic modern city. There are a lot of people throughout the year from different parts of Vietnam come to live and build their career. HCMC has all kind of activities to serve your interest, we have art playground, music shows, street side coffee, etc. People say that this city embraces people from everywhere without any discrimination, everyone has the same opportunity if they work hard. There are so much I love about my hometown, overall, I love how friendly people are here, the hectic but also hard-working life which people play a lot but also work their best.