In 1971, one year out of Harvard University, I spent two weeks in Singapore as part of my first trip to Asia. I had been lucky to win one of two "travelling fellowships" Harvard awarded to graduating seniors - allowing travel wherever one wanted, with the only requirement being to write a report when done.
Almost every winner used the fellowship to travel to Asia, because even then it was common for young Americans to travel to Europe, but much more so to Asia.
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