Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder (Vẻ đẹp nằm trong mắt người xem)

Miss Vietnam 2020 Do Thi Ha (C) and two runners-up Phuong Anh (L), Ngoc Thao (R) Beauty contests are still popular in Vietnam. It's hard to believe, or maybe not, when you consider that Vietnam is still very much a patriarchal society, a Confucian legacy resulting from nearly a millennium of Chinese occupation and other … Continue reading Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder (Vẻ đẹp nằm trong mắt người xem)

The Search for Talented Low-Income Students Who Qualify for Milton Hershey School

Image courtesy of MHS I recently saw a post on LinkedIn with the above title by a colleague who recruits for the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, USA. He was attending a professional association conference at the time. For the uninitiated, this school was founded in 1909 by chocolate industrialist Milton Hershey and his wife, … Continue reading The Search for Talented Low-Income Students Who Qualify for Milton Hershey School

The Kids Aren’t Alright aka “The Coddling of the American Mind” Comes to Vietnam

Image courtesy of Stories by Shivangi: Validation vs Coddling – Did you know the difference? Last month, I met with a small group of US students who are in Vietnam as participants in a well-known fall study abroad program that runs from 5 September to 18 December. This is something I used to do every fall … Continue reading The Kids Aren’t Alright aka “The Coddling of the American Mind” Comes to Vietnam

“Driven to praise, driving me nuts: a US-Vietnam traffic comparison”

Traffic on Nguyen Trai Street in Hanoi's Dong Da District, August 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh This is my latest essay for VNExpress International. A Vietnamese version Lái xe ở Việt Nam (Driving in Vietnam) was published on 22.11.22 with over 200 comments, most in agreement with me. The original title for the English version … Continue reading “Driven to praise, driving me nuts: a US-Vietnam traffic comparison”

Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education (Spring 2023)

A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Challenges and Best Practices This is the very long and descriptive title of a forthcoming book edited by Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Principal Academic, Te Pukenga – New Zealand Institute of Technology and Skills, Vincenzo Raimo, an independent higher education consultant and Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously served … Continue reading Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education (Spring 2023)

Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat

Trash is left at Lam Vien Square in the heart of Da Lat. Photo by Paul Olivier I was pleased to see VNExpress International publish this article by Paul Olivier. The dire situation that he describes applies to many cities and towns throughout Vietnam. Be sure to have a look at the comments. Paul criticizes … Continue reading Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat

Thanksgiving: A Bittersweet Holiday

This image accompanied a message I received from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), of which I'm a member: The Mayflower Society wishes you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! It's an idealized view, glorious rays of sunshine and all, of a ship that brought saints and strangers, Puritans who came to be known as … Continue reading Thanksgiving: A Bittersweet Holiday