Wamsutta Frank James by statue of Massasoit, in Plymouth, MA on the National Day of Mourning in the 1970s. (Courtesy of guest) Yes, it can be both. I like what Kisha James said in this WBUR interview. She's a Wellesley College senior, enrolled Aquinnah Wampanoag/Oglala Lakota, and granddaughter of Wamsutta (Frank B.) James (1923-2001), who … Continue reading US Thanksgiving as a Celebration & a National Day of Mourning
For all of its problems, some unique to Hanoi and others common to big cities, there is one bright spot, green, to be precise. Someone in the city's Department of City Planning and Architecture made the decision to begin planting the median strips with all manner of plants and trees. The slogan xanh, sạch, đẹp … Continue reading Hanoi Becomes Greener
Photo: iStock I was intrigued by the title of this article, hoping it broke new ground. It didn't. The author trotted out the same tired old arguments in support of international students, including economic and political. These are some of the same arguments that activist international students have criticized because they are viewed primarily as … Continue reading “International recruitment – The US eagle could soar again”
Garment workers at a factory in the southern Long An Province, February 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran. It's rare and refreshing to see something so honest in print. It's a sensitive issue but also an important one. When talking about foreign direct investment (FDI) in Viet Nam or wherever, the human element, which should always … Continue reading “Turning an eagle eye on Vietnam’s attraction for the ‘eagles'”
I still remember the name of my first grade teacher (Miss Baker), not to mention many others from my elementary, middle, high school, and postsecondary years. And that was a long time ago. That's the power of good teachers, some of whom were also mentors along the way. They live on in their students, one … Continue reading Happy Vietnamese Teacher’s Day!
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!You registered on WordPress.com 11 years ago.Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging. Wishing An International Educator in Viet Nam a Happy 11th! 2009 to 2020 is a lot of Information, Insights & (Frequently) Intrigue. Here’s to another 11 years of more of the same! It is no surprise that this blog … Continue reading Happy 11th Anniversary, IEVN!
As seen on a recent evening in downtown HCMC (Saigon): buildings for rent and sale. The Vietnamese government recently reported that the country could lose $23 billion in tourism revenue this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, or about 75% of last year’s industry revenue. Viet Nam suspended the entry of all foreigners from 22 … Continue reading More Economic Signs of the COVID-19 Time
Since I've had the pleasure and privilege of living in Viet Nam for 15 years, I've seen a lot of changes throughout the country - for better and for worse. Above is a photo of a Brodard restaurant, tea house, and bakery located on Đồng Khởi St. in downtown HCMC (Saigon). Brodard is a company … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
After the usual two-hour flight from Hanoi to HCMC, arriving at 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, I had a good feeling when I turned on my phone and did a quick search for "US election". What I saw in English and Vietnamese was the icing on the cake of what had been a good day with … Continue reading A Sweet Sight for Tired Eyes
People watch fireworks after media announced that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Mark Makela. I wrote this article - with pleasure - at the request of VNExpress, a top 10 media outlet in Viet Nam. (Looking forward to … Continue reading The US presidential election as a reflection of two Americas