COVID-19 & Viet Nam

This is a screenshot from Jealous Coronavirus, an animated music video and public service announcement from the Viet Nam Ministry of Health. Click on "CC" for English subtitles. The transcript has translations in 22 languages. It is based on Jealous, Vietnamese hit song from 2017 Update on 15.3.20 This Wikipedia article 2020 coronavirus pandemic in … Continue reading COVID-19 & Viet Nam

Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited

“The past is never dead. It's not even past." (from Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner) Sadly, the "flag issue" is very much alive at many educational institutions, especially those with nearby Vietnamese immigrant communities. If you're intrigued by the title and/or introduction below, follow this link to read the article. I include advice … Continue reading Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited

“Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Here's my latest University World News essay from 18 January 2020. (NOTE: Editor's title.) The original working title was Nationalism Rears Its Ugly Head in the Tumultuous World of US International Education, which is descriptive but too long. 🙂 If the title or introduction below whets your appetite for more, follow this link Closeup of … Continue reading “Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American”

Dân tộc chủ nghĩa phiên bản Mỹ – Vấn đề quá lớn để nhắm mắt cho qua

"Yêu nước là tự hào về những giá trị tốt đẹp và khao khát sửa chữa những yếu kém của nước mình; yêu nước không ngăn cản việc con người ta thừa nhận lòng yêu nước của người dân nước khác, với những giá trị tốt đẹp của riêng họ. Tuy nhiên, dân tộc chủ … Continue reading Dân tộc chủ nghĩa phiên bản Mỹ – Vấn đề quá lớn để nhắm mắt cho qua

Links for University World News Article

Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American May-September 2019 US Student Visa Update from Viet Nam (11-19) US Student Visa Issuances Up in May-July 2019 Over 2018 (8-19) Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds (5-19) #YouAreWelcomeWhere?  A Call to Action (10-18) To many Vietnamese, US still a top overseas study destination in spite of Donald … Continue reading Links for University World News Article

“The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020”

Here's a relevant paragraph from Stuart Anderson's 6.1.20 article for Forbes: New Restrictions on International Students: New enrollment of international students fell by more than 10% between the 2015-16 and 2018-2019 academic years. That has not discouraged the Trump administration from proposing additional international student restrictions. Items on the administration’s regulatory agenda include targeting Optional Practical Training (OPT), establishing … Continue reading “The Outlook On (US) Immigration In 2020”

“Bad rap haunts Vietnam despite tourism boom”

I was interviewed for this 31.12.19 VNExpress International article by Quy Nguyen about some challenges facing the tourism industry in Viet Nam. Below is the entire interview. The phrase "bad rap" indicates that the reputation is undeserved when, in fact, these are all legitimate and, in some cases, critical issues. As an expat living in … Continue reading “Bad rap haunts Vietnam despite tourism boom”