Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

Hot off the digital press, here is my latest essay. I kick it off with one of my favorite quotes from Senator Fulbright about international educational exchange: There is nothing obscure about the objectives of educational exchange. Its purpose is to acquaint Americans with the world as it is and to acquaint students and scholars … Continue reading Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

“We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

Photo by Katie Moum on Unsplash Here's some (more) recommended reading for anyone interested in the current situation of international students in the US. The authors are Santiago Castiello-Gutiérrez and Xiaojie Li, both Ph.D. students at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. This excerpt may whet your appetite to read the article in … Continue reading “We Are More Than Your Paycheck: The Dehumanization of International Students in the United States”

“Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the debate over whether authoritarian states are gaining the upper hand across the world. In contrast, democracies are showing capacity for innovation and adaptation. Seriously? When I first saw the title, I thought it was satire. It's downright Orwellian along the lines of war is peace and freedom is slavery. … Continue reading “Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

A Childhood Without Play & Imagination

As television shows and professional competitions targeting kids mushroom, many wonder if children are being exposed to too much limelight too soon, scarring what should be a carefree childhood. This quote appeared in a 19 June 2020 article Growing up too soon in media age. The vanishing childhood applies not only to children whose parents … Continue reading A Childhood Without Play & Imagination

“Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

Here's a short, sweet, and spot-on analysis by David DeMaria, associate vice provost for international education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. You can either follow this link to read the original article or read the copy/paste version below. It appeared in the 26.5.20 issue of The Conversation. I've told more than one US colleague since … Continue reading “Six ways a drop in international students could set back US higher education”

Let America Be America Again

Minneapolis, Associated Press The shocking on camera murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, riots, and looting reminded me of this poem written in 1935 by the poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and published in the July 1936 issue of Esquire. Racism is one of those "isms" whose seeds were … Continue reading Let America Be America Again

“This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

President Donald Trump holds a Bible outside St. John's Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday night, June 1, 2020, after riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear away protesters. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night.(Patrick Semansky, The Dallas Morning News) I'll … Continue reading “This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

This is a 29.5.20 PIE News article for which I was interviewed. Below are my answers in their entirety. What role will agents play in the recovery from Covid-19? Obviously, because international travel will be limited for quite some time, institutions that partner with education agents will have to rely on them now more than … Continue reading Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

Most Americans -- even relatively sophisticated ones who read The New York Review of Books -- have little knowledge of Third World countries. There is a real need for books written by sensitive and insightful journalists about countries such as Vietnam. Sadly, what we get instead is the polemical tract Vietnam: Rising Dragon written by an ideologue with a … Continue reading Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19

Tác giả Mark Ashwill, Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19 Dịch: Ngô Mạnh Hùng Bạn không thể làm hài lòng tất cả mọi người, đặc biệt là những người luôn nỗ lực hết mình để tìm ra lỗi lầm ở một quốc gia nổi bật là một mô hình điển hình giữa đại dịch … Continue reading VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19