I bought these for my sister and her significant other after years of cajoling and pleading on my behalf of my sister. My sister lived here in Korea for two years herself before returning for greener pastures over three years ago. My Jen and I were commenting recently how that seems such a long time ago and is a reminder that we should be leaving as well.Regardless, these are pictures of name chops, which are commonly used throughout Asia to sign off on official documents. In essence, it sort of substitutes for a signature. The less elaborate one says Garcia (sorry Federico, but I will say in my defense that it is very sturdy and I am sure will serve you well). The other says Gallagher, for my sister. I figured I would shell out a little more cash for my sibling. If Federico joins the family someday, I will be happy to spring for the more expensive namechop. They come in little leather carrying pouches (that information was specifically designed for my sister’s consumption).
My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.