“‘Lady Gaga of Vietnam’ finds a home in Pittsburgh”

Image from Mai Khoi's Facebook Page This article, which appeared in one of my Viet Nam-related Google Alerts, jumped off my screen. It was bittersweet news, a loss for Viet Nam and a gain for the USA. As an artist, Mai Khoi will have to find new sources of inspiration and material. I have no … Continue reading “‘Lady Gaga of Vietnam’ finds a home in Pittsburgh”

“US teacher fired from Da Nang international school for possessing child porn”

OK, the clickbait title is a bit misleading but the first two paragraphs clarify what happened: An American teacher at a Da Nang international school was fired after it was found he had been arrested in the U.S. for possessing child porn. The unnamed physical education teacher at Singapore International School, 52, was arrested by … Continue reading “US teacher fired from Da Nang international school for possessing child porn”

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.”

This Talmud excerpt is both a comfort and a challenge. It's well worth reading from time to time. It conjures up a sense of community now and throughout history. If more people took this sentiment to heart and truly lived it, the world would be a much better place. Shalom (שלום), MAA Podcast Version https://anchor.fm/mark-a-ashwill/episodes/Do-not-be-daunted-by-the-enormity-of-the-worlds-grief-et4jt5

The Failures of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”

I'm happy to see this new website, still a work in progress, as a powerful counterpoint to the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick The Vietnam War series. It is a labor of love for the individual(s) who created it. (I assume their contact information will appear in the final version.) Here's an overview: There are … Continue reading The Failures of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”

“The Four F’s of Moving Forward in Challenging Times”: A Critique

United States and Vietnam two folded flags together Below is a 1770-word response to this recent 541-word blog post by Nancy Napier, a distinguished professor emerita and former director of the Center for Creativity and Innovation at Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics. That's more than 3 times as long as the original … Continue reading “The Four F’s of Moving Forward in Challenging Times”: A Critique