“Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression” Say What?!?

An aging US journalist currently based in Hanoi (let's call him PM) probably thought he was being collegial by posting this hatchet job on the Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) listserv. For the uninitiated, which would be 99.9% of you, said listserv provides "resources and information for scholarly research, study, and teaching about Vietnam." (The main … Continue reading “Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression” Say What?!?

Bình luận về “NGÀY 30/4/2020 – LÁ THƯ TỪ VIỆT NAM NHÂN 45 NĂM NGÀY KẾT THÚC CHIẾN TRANH”

Facebook & An International Educator in Viet Nam Phúc Âm: Tôi đã khóc khi đọc đến sự tàn sát của mỹ trên đất nước tôi. Đất nước tôi đã chịu quá nhiều đau thương mất mát do các cuộc xâm lược. Tôi yêu nước Việt tôi,tôi ngưỡng mộ và khâm phục tinh thần chiến đấu … Continue reading Bình luận về “NGÀY 30/4/2020 – LÁ THƯ TỪ VIỆT NAM NHÂN 45 NĂM NGÀY KẾT THÚC CHIẾN TRANH”

Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”

Below is a sampling of my favorite comments - in no particular order - in response to my 30 April 2020 CounterPunch essay entitled A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War. Most are from Facebook and Twitter; some are comments posted here and sent … Continue reading Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”

NGÀY 30/4/2020 – LÁ THƯ TỪ VIỆT NAM NHÂN 45 NĂM NGÀY KẾT THÚC CHIẾN TRANH

Here's a Vietnamese translation of my 30.4.20 essay A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War on Facebook. The translator is Ngô Mạnh Hùng. (Cảm ơn bạn Hùng nhiều!) Bình luận về “NGÀY 30/4/2020 – LÁ THƯ TỪ VIỆT NAM NHÂN 45 NĂM NGÀY KẾT … Continue reading NGÀY 30/4/2020 – LÁ THƯ TỪ VIỆT NAM NHÂN 45 NĂM NGÀY KẾT THÚC CHIẾN TRANH

Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

This is a slightly updated Vietnamese version of View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes (17.4.20). Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Nhân vật chính trong câu chuyện cổ tích nổi tiếng của nhà văn người Đan Mạch thế kỷ 19, Hans Christian Andersen, có rất nhiều điểm … Continue reading Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

COVID-19 Pandemic As Advertising Opportunity

As part of my ongoing ethnographic research, I was intrigued by this commercial on VTV3. There are basically four places where you can buy meat and other products in Viet Nam: 1) an open market; 2) a private supplier; 3) a supermarket; and 4) a convenience store. This was the first time I had seen … Continue reading COVID-19 Pandemic As Advertising Opportunity

Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

I rarely respond to Facebook or LinkedIn comments. My view is that whatever I have to say of substance I'll say in a blog post, essay, or interview. There are times, however, when I'm willing to make an exception. This comment by "TS" was one of them. It was in response to an Atlantic article … Continue reading Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

The Dangers of Armchair Journalism, US-Style

There hasn't been enough news in countries like the US about how well Viet Nam is coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, so I was pleased to see this short NPR report on 16 April entitled In Vietnam, There Have Been Fewer Than 300 COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths. Here's Why by veteran journalist Michael Sullivan. … Continue reading The Dangers of Armchair Journalism, US-Style

View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes

Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch about Trump and COVID-19. As I mention in passing, The coronavirus lays bare on an almost daily basis the litany of faults and weaknesses of Donald Trump and the country he was elected to lead. I focus on the former; it's … Continue reading View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes