Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

What a surprise. Here we have Keith Krach, one of Trump's .01% political appointees, lackeys, and cheerleaders grinding an anti-China ax. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that this 18 August 2020 letter will end up being so much pissing in the wind. I'm thinking trash folder, recycle bin, or … Continue reading Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

Look Up!

Keeping it in the family. A graphic illustration of Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). “I feel tremendous guilt,” admitted Chamath Palihapitiya, former Vice President of User Growth at Facebook, to an audience of Stanford students. He was responding to a question about his involvement in exploiting consumer behavior. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have … Continue reading Look Up!

Working for The Man

NOTE: And on a lighter note... (Just kidding!) This post has absolutely nothing to do with international education or Viet Nam. It's about just one of the many things that's wrong with the US economy, meaning the entire society - back in the day and now more than ever. The following vignettes were learning experiences … Continue reading Working for The Man

Human Resource Development in Vietnam: Research and Practice

I'm happy to have played a small role in this worthwhile project. This book, which is part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series, will be available in January 2021. If you check out the listing on Amazon, you'll see that - at $149.99 - it is primarily for institutional libraries, unless you have deep … Continue reading Human Resource Development in Vietnam: Research and Practice

VinUniversity as the Crown Jewel of Vinhomes Ocean Park

This is an ad for Vinhomes Ocean Park, a new development on the outskirts of Hanoi. (0% interest until 30 March 2022; 35-year mortgage!) Note that VinUniversity is featured as the centerpiece of this new community, an example of doing well (profit) and doing good (community service). This has played out pretty much as I … Continue reading VinUniversity as the Crown Jewel of Vinhomes Ocean Park

“We Will Defeat COVID-19 Again.”

Photo by MAA This is the spirit of Viet Nam and its people. Until the third week of July, there had been no cases of community transmission since 16 April and 0 coronavirus-related deaths. Here's the latest: Total confirmed cases: 847 Active cases: 433 Recovered: 399 Deaths: 15 The government reacted quickly to the new … Continue reading “We Will Defeat COVID-19 Again.”

Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

Photo: Alex Leung I was inspired by the story of Jasmine Cochran, a young African-American woman who has been teaching teaching English literature and language since 2016 to students aged 14 to 16 in China, where she lives with her husband and two children. It was serendipity that I came across a BBC profile of … Continue reading Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

Regionally Accredited US University for Sale!

Image courtesy of Halladay Education Group, Inc. In the market for a regionally accredited (RA) private university in northern California? Be sure to have very deep pockets. If you have to ask, you probably can't afford it, as the saying goes. Hint #1: A boarding school in North Carolina with a 100-acre campus recently sold … Continue reading Regionally Accredited US University for Sale!

2019 Article Awarded 2nd Prize in Vietnam Competition

A 2019 article of mine entitled On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam (Người Mỹ tại Việt Nam) won a 2nd prize in the 2019 National External Information Service Awards competition, the results of which were announced earlier this week. The English and Vietnamese versions originally appeared in VNExpress International and VNExpress, … Continue reading 2019 Article Awarded 2nd Prize in Vietnam Competition