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'”

More Economic Signs of the COVID-19 Time

As seen on a recent evening in downtown HCMC (Saigon): buildings for rent and sale. The Vietnamese government recently reported that the country could lose $23 billion in tourism revenue this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, or about 75% of last year’s industry revenue. Viet Nam suspended the entry of all foreigners from 22 … Continue reading More Economic Signs of the COVID-19 Time

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