This morning, unfortunately right after my dad had left for a trip to southern Germany, I received some of the best mail I have ever gotten: two printed and bound copies of my master’s thesis! Now I just have to wait until I will receive the official degree certificate from my university in South Korea and then my academic journey will finally come to an end – ten years after I sat the IELTS exam to start studying at SOAS.
My thesis is titled Transnationalising a Thai Grassroots NGO: A Comprehensive Approach to Human Trafficking Prevention and consists of two parts. The first part assesses the current state of anti-trafficking measures and finds that a significant number of civil society groups engaged in the global anti-trafficking agenda are headed in the wrong direction, thus underserving the majority of trafficking victims. The second part investigates social network and human development theories and concludes that partnerships between the grassroots and policy-making level are crucial in order to successfully reduce or eliminate human trafficking. The second part also includes my own variant of a renowned social network theory and presents the Asian Youth Union (AYU) as a case study. The AYU is a youth leader network in the making, under the initiative of DEPDC/GMS, the NGO that I am working for.
B.A.tthias in London (2006) & M.A.tthias in Jinjeop-eup (2010)
I am grateful to a great many people who have helped me along the way – and you might just find your name in my acknowledgements – but today I just want to thank my friends Hyosun and Huseyn (aka Hyoseyn) who have submitted my thesis to the library at Kyung Hee University and sent me two copies to Berlin so that I could give one to my dad and put one under my pillow.
I have to admit that I still haven’t read the thesis that a dear friend has given me a copy of years ago and I don’t expect any of you to really want to read mine. But if you are in fact interested, please let me know and I shall send you a pdf copy.