Xin chào,

You’re now viewing The Specs of Mia (Minh-Anh Do-Duong (Đỗ Dương Minh Anh) is my real name, but it’s rather hard to pronounce for non-Vietnamese so you’re more than welcome to call me Mia) – a twenty-year-old (in case I forget to update this annually – which is more than likely to happen – I was born in 1997, you do the math) Vietnamese doing a Bachelor degree in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia, majoring in Global Media and minoring in Linguistics.

See below for an accurate depiction of me:

Me and my trusty pair of specs (artwork by me) (note the super Potterhead hoodie)

And a tinsy bit more about me

w 2017 Mia_Specs
This is not a good example of my handwriting. Seriously.

Why Communication and Media Studies?

About seven years ago, I saw this inspiring TED Talk named The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist.

(Whether you are studying Communication and Media or not, you should watch the talk. It is utterly inspiring)

“So that is how to create a single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”

“Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person.”

Enthralled by the talk, I realised the magnitude of the manipulative influence exerted by the media, the global net via which concepts are embodied and stories are circulated. And I’ve always wanted to make good use of it, to battle for social justice by telling powerful stories through the ever-growing global media. Naturally, I ended up studying a BCMS at UOW now.

So why ‘The Specs‘?

The Specs was initially set up for academic purposes, since a subject in my first session required blogging. I didn’t really consider it anything more than just an assignment, until I started 2017 Autumn session.

Back in my first semester at uni, I didn’t quite see how all the knowledge-puzzle-pieces fit together. But as I progressed in my course and enrolled in more subjects in my major, the big picture got clearer. I got inspired by my lecturers and tutors (the School’s teaching team in general) so much in these subjects, I am now completely engrossed in what I’m studying.

So I’ve updated the blog a little bit, with self-drawn illustrations marked by the symbol
Copyrighted Mark 2, and use it both as a platform for elaboration on matters covered in subjects and as a railway for my train of thoughts in more personal aspects. Its name, The Specs, simply means the (pair of) spectacles – a metaphor for my view on the world – and literally refers to the one essential item I must always, always have with me (mind you, I can make out almost nothing without my glasses).

I believe that every thought has its gravitational force, and so we can change the world, one thought at a time. Or at the very least, I hope to amuse, inform, persuade you with some thoughts on the world through my spectacles.

All the best,


P.s.: You can now navigate to BLOG for the complete list of my posts, or to FEATURED for some matters I believe deserve a lot more attention. For my thoughts on issues covered in subjects, UOW is the way to go. If you prefer to just have a look here and there, simply scroll up to the top of this page, find your way around the menu bar and start roaming. I hope you enjoy!

Mia Do (Duong Minh Anh Do)
Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies
Global Media major
University of Wollongong ’19

If you want to send me a private message, feel free to leave it here; it’s absolutely confidential. I’d be so grateful for your thoughts 🙂


9 thoughts on “MIA? SPECS?”

  1. A very expressive and articulate post Mia:) I myself am studying BCM at Wollongong and as part of my assessment, have been searching through other blogs to provide feedback. This post is both coherent and entertaining, as it provides an interesting view into the reasoning behind your enrolment into the course and displays clear enthusiasm in the areas which you are passionate about. The inclusion of the video where Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks on her story is a nice touch as it shows your way of thinking and inspiration. Overall a great introduction to your blog and best of luck.

    1. Aw cám ơn Tâmm blog của Tâm cũng đẹp nè, xinh xinh, đọc cũng tình cảm kiểu cứ thủ thỉ tâm tình ý :>

      1. Viết theo cảm xúc hay như thế còn gì :> anw cám ơn Tâm follow blog của MAnh nhaa ^^

      2. Ui cũng cảm ơn MAnh vì thỉnh thoảng ghé vô đọc bài của Tâm nha. 🙂 Mấy lúc thấy có một chấm nhỏ báo là ai đó ở Úc đã truy cập lại vui vui 🙂

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