Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Đặng Thùy Trâm

July 25, 1968: Oh, my God. How hateful the war is. And the more hate, the more the devils are eager to fight. Why do they enjoy shooting and killing good people like us? How can they have the heart to kill all those youngsters who love life, who are struggling and living for so … Continue reading Last Night I Dreamed of Peace: The Diary of Đặng Thùy Trâm

Lansdale’s Ghost

Below is a review of Max Boot's book about Edward Lansdale by Thomas A. Bass that appeared in the May 2018 issue the Mekong Review.  In case you don't know who Max Boot, check out this Wikipedia entry.  He is one of the resident US nationalists at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  Bass describes … Continue reading Lansdale’s Ghost

“Losing Hearts & Minds” Say What?

(US) American-Iranian Relations & International Education during the Cold War The question remains about how institutions of higher education can thrive economically and promote responsible internationalization. On the one hand, educational exchange can help generate change around the world and enhance American influence and prestige. On the other hand, schools, like nations, should not compromise … Continue reading “Losing Hearts & Minds” Say What?

The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job – 100 Questions to Ask About College

How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job - 100 Questions to Ask About  College - by Marguerite J. Dennis, who has been recruiting internationally for over 25 years, first at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. then at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Follow this link to read her bio on the MJDennis … Continue reading The New College Guide: How to Get In, Get Out, and Get a Job – 100 Questions to Ask About College

“Review” of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Haunting.  This is the title of a "review" I recently posted on Amazon about Kill Anything That Moves:  The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse, which is available in paperback today.  Actually, it's not so much a review as it is a rebuttal to every criticism - or at least all of the ones … Continue reading “Review” of Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Du học không khó (Study Abroad is Not Difficult)

This is the matter-of-fact title of a new book written by Trần Ngọc Thịnh, who earned a Master’s degree in 2011 from the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri with the support of a Fulbright scholarship. Du học không khó is a unique A-Z Vietnamese language resource that's chock-full of … Continue reading Du học không khó (Study Abroad is Not Difficult)

Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

This post is quite obviously NOT about education or US-Vietnam educational exchange.  It's about history, its impact on the present, and the United States' (in)ability to overcome its past.  The German word that describes this process, Vergangenheitsbewältigung, implies dealing with, learning from, but also overcoming the past.  It's about a horrible truth that Nick Turse tells his fellow citizens and the world about … Continue reading Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam