US Thanksgiving as a Celebration & a National Day of Mourning

Wamsutta Frank James by statue of Massasoit, in Plymouth, MA on the National Day of Mourning in the 1970s. (Courtesy of guest) Yes, it can be both. I like what Kisha James said in this WBUR interview. She's a Wellesley College senior, enrolled Aquinnah Wampanoag/Oglala Lakota, and granddaughter of Wamsutta (Frank B.) James (1923-2001), who … Continue reading US Thanksgiving as a Celebration & a National Day of Mourning

“International recruitment – The US eagle could soar again”

Photo: iStock I was intrigued by the title of this article, hoping it broke new ground. It didn't. The author trotted out the same tired old arguments in support of international students, including economic and political. These are some of the same arguments that activist international students have criticized because they are viewed primarily as … Continue reading “International recruitment – The US eagle could soar again”

“Turning an eagle eye on Vietnam’s attraction for the ‘eagles'”

Garment workers at a factory in the southern Long An Province, February 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran. It's rare and refreshing to see something so honest in print. It's a sensitive issue but also an important one. When talking about foreign direct investment (FDI) in Viet Nam or wherever, the human element, which should always … Continue reading “Turning an eagle eye on Vietnam’s attraction for the ‘eagles'”

The US presidential election as a reflection of two Americas

People watch fireworks after media announced that Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 7, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Mark Makela. I wrote this article - with pleasure - at the request of VNExpress, a top 10 media outlet in Viet Nam. (Looking forward to … Continue reading The US presidential election as a reflection of two Americas

“Vietnamese Community Suddenly Soars at DePauw University”

The Vietnamese community at DePauw University Fall 2019. Photo contributed by Linh Lam (Courtesy of The DePauw) For the first time in DePauw’s history, the Class of 2024 Convocation had a Vietnamese translator. In addition to this, DePauw published its international brochure in Vietnamese, and both of the co-presidents of the International Student Association are … Continue reading “Vietnamese Community Suddenly Soars at DePauw University”

“California South University” is Back in the News!

It appears that the great California South University (CSU), a diploma mill based in Irvine, CA, is in the news again. I noticed a spike in traffic to my blog, in particular previous posts about CSU, including one linked in a February 2018 post by Derek Lowe entitled The Dark Side - Down the Rabbit … Continue reading “California South University” is Back in the News!

“Vietnam’s Economic Hopes Fade as COVID-19 Takes Away Business”

A flower vendor wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus waits for customers in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Vietnam has tightened travel and social restrictions after the country's death toll of COVID-19 to six. (AP Photo/Hau via VOA) This 4 October Voice of America article is a textbook example of propaganda … Continue reading “Vietnam’s Economic Hopes Fade as COVID-19 Takes Away Business”

Is Vietnam the Next ‘Asian Miracle’?

The country is making autocratic capitalism work unusually well. Hang Ma Street in Hanoi, last month. Linh Pham/Getty Images This 13.10.20 New York Times op-ed by Ruchir Sharma, the chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, is a decent analysis for someone who is probably writing about Viet Nam from his perch in New … Continue reading Is Vietnam the Next ‘Asian Miracle’?

Going Home Again – The Vietnamese overseas return

Source images: Bitexco Financial Tower, in Ho Chi Minh City © Kevin Miller/Alamy; vendors in Hoi An © John Milligan/Alamy; Tra On, in the Mekong Delta region © Robert Harding/Alamy; Mekong Delta © Jason Langley/Alamy Here's an interesting take on Viet Nam, overseas Vietnamese, and related identity issues that appeared in the June 2020 issue … Continue reading Going Home Again – The Vietnamese overseas return

The Battle of the Coffee Chains in Viet Nam

Inside a Phuc Long tea and coffee outlet in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Tuan Tu. In this November 2019 blog post My Starbucks Story: Made in Viet Nam I told the story about how I reached out to Starbucks in 2005-06 to offer some unsolicited (and free!) advice about entering the Viet Nam market. Fast forward … Continue reading The Battle of the Coffee Chains in Viet Nam