Chinese vs. Lunar New Year: A Mini-Lesson in Cultural Sensitivity

Image courtesy of Báo giao thông Since it's that time of year again and the Lunar Year of the Rat is right around the corner, I feel compelled to state the obvious. With all due respect to China, it does not have a monopoly on this or any other Lunar New Year. Tết Nguyên Đán … Continue reading Chinese vs. Lunar New Year: A Mini-Lesson in Cultural Sensitivity

HPDF List of Think Tanks and Thinkers

I am honored to be mentioned as a contributor under Sources for Insights: List of Think Tanks and Thinkers for the Ho Chi Minh City Peace & Development Foundation (HPDF), an organization within the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO).  HPDF was founded by Madame Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh, President, HCMC Peace and Development Foundation, … Continue reading HPDF List of Think Tanks and Thinkers

Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

The Vietnamese government, i.e., the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), has become increasingly sophisticated regarding the establishment of foreign campuses in Viet Nam. Reprinted below is an English translation of the text of Decree 99, courtesy of Tilleke & Gibbins, which will take effect next month. Shalom (שלום), MAA  On December 30, 2019, the government … Continue reading Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam

Dân tộc chủ nghĩa phiên bản Mỹ – Vấn đề quá lớn để nhắm mắt cho qua

"Yêu nước là tự hào về những giá trị tốt đẹp và khao khát sửa chữa những yếu kém của nước mình; yêu nước không ngăn cản việc con người ta thừa nhận lòng yêu nước của người dân nước khác, với những giá trị tốt đẹp của riêng họ. Tuy nhiên, dân tộc chủ … Continue reading Dân tộc chủ nghĩa phiên bản Mỹ – Vấn đề quá lớn để nhắm mắt cho qua

Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates

The clock is stuck at March 2019. While information may not always be power, it certainly is helpful in professional decision-making. The last SEVIS by the Numbers update was 10 months ago. I have sent no fewer than six (6) emails to our friendly colleagues at the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), which is … Continue reading Time & Money for Fake Universities But Not Routine Data Updates