As an undergrad, I studied in two major major fields (three majors across the fields): anthropology and international studies. This resulted in me having a very wide range of knowledge. Within international studies I specialized in what is called Asia Studies (which, in turn, is split between several more specific things such as East/South/Southeast Asia Studies or even country-specific studies). What you do in Asia Studies encompasses a wide range of material: history, economics, politics, language study, etc. So if you were to look back at my undergrad work, you would see me writing papers on a very wide range of topics. Iím actually a flaired user at the AskHistorians and AskAnthropology websites on Reddit, so if you frequent those places you may have seen a response or two by me.
During my time in undergrad I fell into focusing especially on a handfull of countries/civilizations/cultures. These are the Philippines, China and Taiwan, and Viet Nam. The Philippines is definitely what I am ďmost expertĒ in (and I do speak the national language, Tagalog, pretty fluently for a non-Filipino) in terms of intimate knowledge about so much of it, but the others I do still have an extremely strong knowledge and understanding of. This summer I was in Taiwan studying Mandarin Chinese at a university there (itís the official language in Taiwan despite Taiwanese people usually speaking Hokkien, which is another Chinese language, as their first language).
Iíve been really busy this year with a bunch of things so kinda disappeared from here. I still wouldnít expect to comment too often here, but you can still count me as a part of the board. Iím at an in-between stage before going back to university for a Masters and eventually PhD. So yeah, I guess now you guys know why I get annoyed at Brian Burksís comments on Asian countries he vacations to hahaha