The US Embassy in Hanoi recently started sending me and other US expats in Viet Nam whose email addresses happen to be on file daily updates with the subject line: Health and Travel Alert. I was struck by this "reminder" in the 3 April edition: On March 31, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo … Continue reading Return to the US? From the Food Warmer Into the Fire
A TV commercial for Dutch Lady milk. Truth be told, this put a smile on my face. Art often reflects life and so does advertising, in some cases. How companies choose to sell their services and products says a lot about what they believe will resonate with the public in general and their target clientele … Continue reading Girl POWer in the Viet Nam of 2020
Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi in 1966. Screenshot from documentary "Vietnam North." Below is chapter six in its entirety from a 1966 book entitled Vietnam North: A First-Hand Report by prominent Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett. In it he wrote about the ingenuity of Vietnamese medical professionals in successfully confronting difficult medical and surgical issues created … Continue reading "Medicine Old and New" by Wilfred Burchett
Staff spray disinfectant at a dormitory in Ho Chi Minh City for the city to use it as centralized facility to quarantine those coming to Vietnam from areas hit by Covid-19, March 18, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran. Here's my latest essay for VNExpress International. Below are a couple of introductory paragraphs to whet your … Continue reading During the Covid-19 pandemic, do as the Vietnamese do
Photo courtesy of VNExpress International According to Chung (Nguyen Duc Chung, chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee), the event is a further demonstration of Vietnam’s ability, as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, to host events on a global scale and attract tourism to the country. I'm not a big fan of … Continue reading "Hanoi’s Formula One track nears finish line"
Then Nine years ago this July, I wrote about a parcel of land located a short walk from our (then) new office and Hoan Kiem Lake in downtown Hanoi. After much haggling and some conflict, someone bought a small (53 m2/602 ft2) French colonial era building for $2.3 million. I wrote, "Where this charming Hanoi … Continue reading Location X 3 Revisited
I wrote updates for University World News in 2018 (Vietnamese students look at the US and head north - editor's title) and 2019 (The shift of Vietnamese students to Canada marches on) but I what I have to say this year will fit into a short blog post. As of 31 December 2019, there were … Continue reading Is the Bloom Off the Canadian Rose for Vietnamese Students?