Militancy for an Existential Cause: Environmental Protection in Vietnam

Photo taken at the Golf Valley lagoon, which drains into Xuan Huong Lake. Credit: Paul Olivier Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch. Check out the first two paragraphs and follow the preceding link if you wish to read the article in its entirety. While most people use Facebook, the third most popular website in Vietnam, … Continue reading Militancy for an Existential Cause: Environmental Protection in Vietnam

Vietnam-Related “Firsts”: A Retrospective

Image courtesy of Scientific Editing I was recently thinking about my Vietnam-related work, which began in earnest in 1996 with the establishment of a short-term study abroad program for US students. (Before Vietnam, my focus - beyond the borders of the US - had been Germany, where I studied, taught, and conducted Ph.D. and US … Continue reading Vietnam-Related “Firsts”: A Retrospective

Mark Ashwill to Lead 6th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2023

And now, a word from my employer... 😀 🇻🇳 🐱 Capstone Education/Recruit in Viet Nam is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Ashwill, managing director and co-founder, will speak at an unofficial, pre-conference Vietnam student recruitment seminar from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at The George Washington University inWashington, D.C. The Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar consists … Continue reading Mark Ashwill to Lead 6th Annual Viet Nam Recruitment Seminar at NAFSA 2023

Waste Transformation Through Closed-Loop Farming

This is a guest post by Paul Olivier, a US expat who lives in Dalat. His article Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat was published in December 2022 by VNExpress International. No More Poverty and No More Pollution Introduction Plants and animals do not appear separately within the natural world. Did you … Continue reading Waste Transformation Through Closed-Loop Farming

Tết: Climax of a Long Holiday Season

Happy Year of the Cat! Below is the English version of my latest essay for VNExpress Kỳ nghỉ siêu dài, published on 22.1.23, Lunar New Year's Day. It's a continuation and elaboration of this 12-21 article for VNExpress International about Christmas as the beginning of a long holiday season in Vietnam. Shalom (שלום), MAA One of … Continue reading Tết: Climax of a Long Holiday Season

More Vietnamese Studying in the USA

Vietnam Still Primarily an Undergraduate Market But with Growing Interest in Graduate Study Here are the latest Vietnam-related stats from the November 2022 SEVIS update. (You can also access these data for other countries using the interactive map.) This is a follow-up to my 31 October 2022 post with information about the September 2022 update. There was … Continue reading More Vietnamese Studying in the USA

Giving childhood back to our children

Two boys play in a river in Kon Tum Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands in 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Ngoc Thai Give childhood back to our children: If we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less. -Peter Gray, U.S. psychology researcher and scholar, … Continue reading Giving childhood back to our children

Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!

To all of you who celebrate, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Rewarding, & Peaceful Solar New Year! Here's an article I wrote last year about Christmas in Vietnam as the kickoff to a long holiday season that culminates Tết, the celebration of the Lunar New Year, which falls on … Continue reading Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!