Trans-Pacific Matchmaker 2014

Do you need a partner for Carnegie Council's Trans-Pacific Student Contest? This page is designated as our matchmaker bulletin board. Please post a comment below including your school affiliation, nationality, entry format (essay or video), and a couple of sentences about how you propose to answer the contest question. If you see a potential contest partner listed here, please contact him/her directly and remove your comment once you're all set. If a posting remains unanswered for too long, Carnegie Council will follow up with you to try and find a suitable teammate. Good luck! We look forward to reading and watching your contest entries.

REMINDER: Each entry must be a collaboration between a student who is a citizen of the United States and a student who is a citizen of one of the following: Brunei, Cambodia, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), East Timor, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.

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Comment by Carnegie Council on April 22, 2014 at 4:45pm

If you are still in need of a partner, please send me a direct message with your details. Carnegie Council will try to pair students with people from its partner institutions.

Comment by Bryan Dalma on April 20, 2014 at 11:35am
Kudos ComRes community! Haha from PUP
Comment by Al Lagman on April 20, 2014 at 11:24am

Hi everyone!
I am Angelo, a Filipino citizen, under a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Research program. I am hoping to find an essay partner from the US.

My recent topic interests include disaster management, community resiliency and government support towards communities. However, any socio-political and/or economic topics are also fine, as long as they deal with the impacts of policies or actions among communities.

If interested, you can contact me through e-mail:

Thank you!

Comment by Riya de los Reyes on April 9, 2014 at 10:34am

Hello. I just found out about the contest yesterday. I'm looking for a partner from the US. Do contact me asap:


Comment by Bryan Dalma on April 5, 2014 at 2:30pm
Id like to pursue my video entry. would there still be anyone from US who has not found a partner yet. Im a law student from the philippines.
Comment by Joge Sotto on March 18, 2014 at 4:53pm

Hi All!

My name is Joge, I am US citizen, born in the Philippines, who graduated from Emory University with a bachelors in Political Science and Economics. I would like to discuss (preferably via an essay, video is fine) the development of ethical or cooperative behavior in environments where such development has either failed or never fully succeeded. This includes everything from the impact of institutions to cultural standards of reciprocity (utang na loob for my fellow Filipinos on this thread!)

My most recent interests lie in the development of ethical behavior in environments of violence/war (societies of less formalized institutions, however euphemistically you want to put it). At Emory, I studied Political and Economic institutions and their impact on political behavior, both in the short run and in the long run. My region of focus was South East Asia, but I have a special passion for the Philippines. I am interested in all topics regarding Philippine economic and political development, both historical and current (for example: decentralization of Philippine government and LGU’s; the role of oligarchy/familial dynasties in Philippine politics; the Sandigan Bayan (ombudsman’s court/corruption court); OFWs and remittances in the Philippines; and even more recent developments with the Bansang Moro in the South West). I am open to anything and everything.

Please contact me at  

Comment by Yu Jin on March 17, 2014 at 5:12pm

Hi! My name is Yu Jin Kwon. I am a high school student in Washington state. I am originally from South Korea. I am looking for a partner from different country. I am not a professional writer, but I am interested in foreign affairs. Please send me an e - mail if you want to be my partner! (e - mail address -

Comment by Daniel SHU SIJIE on March 11, 2014 at 11:30am

Hey! Everyone! My name is Daniel, SHU SIJIE. I am studying linguistics and literature in BJ, China now. I am also an active debater in my spare time, for which I got further drawn into fields of education, stratification, globalization, development, LGBT rights and civic movement.

Both formats work fine for me and it's really up to our discussion. As the deadline is less than two months, it would be highly appreciated if you could knidly drop me a message as you feel it right at this moment!

Comment by Eduardo Fernandez on March 4, 2014 at 11:26am

Hi to all. My name is Eduardo Fernández and I'm a Law student in Colombia (I'm a citizen of U.S.A.). I am interested in complex cultural issues which include democracy, international economics and politics as well as topics that are in the global agenda. I am a  very good essay writer, and I would like to pair myself with another person who is open to differences and wants to join efforts in a very good essay. 

Comment by Maria Isabel Mendiola on March 3, 2014 at 10:05am

Maria Isabel B. Mendiola

University of San Jose - Recoletos/Filipino

My preferred entry format is Essay

I studied Bachelor of Arts in International Studies in Philippines. I am on my senior year. All throughout my course, we studied the major political, economic, social, and cultural issues that dominate the international agenda. To make it narrow, we study the contemporary and historical understanding of global societies, cultures, languages and systems of government and of the complex relationships between them that shape the world we live in. If interested to work it with me, I am just a message away. There's nothing more interesting than pairing myself with another kind of culture and being able to work things out despite the differences.

Comment by Jazon Enriquez-Roque on March 3, 2014 at 2:29am

Hi my name is Jazon Roque. I'm a Filipino student from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. I plan to submit an entry through an essay but I'd also like to make a video.

I hope I can fin a partner here and work with him/her well. Thanks :)

Comment by Luyao Fan on March 1, 2014 at 8:37am




Comment by Brittinie Wick on February 28, 2014 at 10:44pm

Hey everyone! My name is Brittinie and I'm an American. I'm in my first year of Graduate school for Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I lived in Germany for three years because of the military, so I love to travel and learn about new cultures. I would love to try to do a video because I think it would be unique and set us apart from the essays. I look forward to hearing from you! :)

Comment by Kevin on February 28, 2014 at 11:48am

Hello! My name is Kevin, I'm an Indonesian, first-year undergraduate student now studying in The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). My major right now is in Global China Studies, which provides extensive research about China, and its relationship with the whole world. Despite its focus about China, I also have particular interests in international relations, in particular relations between various nation-states across the whole planet, and the subsequent issues that follow, for instance, global migration, ethnic studies, world's cities, contemporary political issues, and cultural diversity. If asked whether I'm more skilled in writing essay or making a video, I will certainly choose the former. 

My main interest for the upcoming topic is about cultural diversity, and the subsequent challenges that follow in integrating societies of various backgrounds under one entirety. Given that both Indonesia and the United States comprise of societies of various backgrounds and ethnic groups, there are some similarities, and also differences, we can later point out for the essay and video, and how we can learn from each respective country's approaches to integrate these people altogether. 

Nice to meet you, everybody :) 

Comment by Jerome Haresco on February 27, 2014 at 10:42pm
First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities, Philippines. Filipino. Essay

Good day! I am Jerome Haresco, currently a 4th year undergraduate taking up AB Communication. As a future media practitioner, I have always been aware of the on-going issues in the country including those that boost our morale as a nation up to those which erode our integrity. I am so excited to hear what's in store for the United States as I have been hearing several concerns especially in the governance.I am sure we can link ours and yours together, and hopefully, satirize them and create pieces which reflect both our sides through a humorous yet substantial way.

Also, I can be of great contribution since I write in our school publication, with focus on oped/column writing.

Hope to hear from you soon. (:
Comment by Yue Liu on February 26, 2014 at 4:59pm

UC-Hastings College of the Law. Chinese. Essay or Video.

Interests: I'm always concerned about China's issues--Rule of Law, Corruption, Public Investment, Media Freedom, Foreign Policy, Environment, and all the historical, political and cultural obstacles standing in front of these things. I wonder whether other nations that have the same problems have those problems for the same reasons.

Comment by Ramon Paolo Alfar on February 9, 2014 at 3:40am

De La Salle University, Philippines. Essay or video (I can do both as long as the topic will be that convincing)

My interests involved social critique on various issues happening around the world, and mostly in my country. The main issues in the country revolve around from corruption (pork barrel scam), energy crisis (electricity issues) and disaster preparedness (Typhoon Haiyan).

And since the contest involves trans-cultural connections, I am willing to undertake other cultures, most especially Japan, Thailand or Korea.

The topics that basically I can connect to others are disasters, since the booming topic here in the Philippines is disaster relief, and the most recent topics I received abroad were disasters. Media in our country...that's something.

I would be willing to partner and collaborate at full 100% percent. This is my dream to compete in a transcultural contest, and to work with someone of different nationality. I will be honored if someone from the US would be my partner. Thank you!

Comment by Tori Proctor on February 6, 2014 at 11:33pm

Earlham College, United States, Essay (I can be convinced to make a video instead)

Although my academic interests include Japanese politics, ethnic/cultural minority rights, and non-profit organizations, I'm more interested in what my potential partner has to say about ethical challenges in her/his country.

An issue I've been following closely is the Yasukuni Shrine controversy. I believe a possible essay topic could relate to China or South Korea's stance on the shrine, as well as differing stances on war responsibility/history.

Comment by Tifarie Luesas on February 1, 2014 at 11:47pm

Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Indonesia, Video (maybe we can discuss later if you want essay)

I leave in a country with vary ethnics, religions, cultures and many more. I have been raised here since I was a kid so I know enough about my country. My major is Business Management but I'm open to another side of perspective such as culture (because my big family come from different ethnics and I love to travel inside my country) and any other perspective. I'm looking for partner that could be trust, responsible, fun, respect and open-mind. It could be fun if you and me get join and create our superb video for the competition!! ;D Thank youuuuu

Comment by Faisal Abdau on February 1, 2014 at 10:26am

Jakarta State Islamic University, Indonesia, Essay

Hi, it's me Faisal, I'm currently 4th year undergraduate student in Indonesia. focusing on international politics and strategic affairs. I need someone who want to share and discuss about this issue together, Trust me you'll find the incredible things in my country, Indonesia. 

Feel free to contact me whenever you need a partner, Thank you.

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