Waste Transformation Through Closed-Loop Farming

This is a guest post by Paul Olivier, a US expat who lives in Dalat. His article Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat was published in December 2022 by VNExpress International. No More Poverty and No More Pollution Introduction Plants and animals do not appear separately within the natural world. Did you … Continue reading Waste Transformation Through Closed-Loop Farming

Tết: Climax of a Long Holiday Season

Happy Year of the Cat! Below is the English version of my latest essay for VNExpress Kỳ nghỉ siêu dài, published on 22.1.23, Lunar New Year's Day. It's a continuation and elaboration of this 12-21 article for VNExpress International about Christmas as the beginning of a long holiday season in Vietnam. Shalom (שלום), MAA One of … Continue reading Tết: Climax of a Long Holiday Season

More Vietnamese Studying in the USA

Vietnam Still Primarily an Undergraduate Market But with Growing Interest in Graduate Study Here are the latest Vietnam-related stats from the November 2022 SEVIS update. (You can also access these data for other countries using the interactive map.) This is a follow-up to my 31 October 2022 post with information about the September 2022 update. There was … Continue reading More Vietnamese Studying in the USA

Giving childhood back to our children

Two boys play in a river in Kon Tum Province in Vietnam's Central Highlands in 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Ngoc Thai Give childhood back to our children: If we want our offspring to have happy, productive and moral lives, we must allow more time for play, not less. -Peter Gray, U.S. psychology researcher and scholar, … Continue reading Giving childhood back to our children

Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!

To all of you who celebrate, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy, Rewarding, & Peaceful Solar New Year! Here's an article I wrote last year about Christmas in Vietnam as the kickoff to a long holiday season that culminates Tết, the celebration of the Lunar New Year, which falls on … Continue reading Season’s Greetings 2022/Happy New Year 2023!

The Man Who Exposed the Truth About the Tiger Cages: Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022)

This image courtesy of the Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) War Remnants Museum (Bảo tàng Chứng tích Chiến tranh) Facebook page. I felt compelled to write what ended up being a nearly 5,000-word essay about Don Luce and his life. After I heard about Don's passing via a LinkedIn post by Jim Laurie, I thought … Continue reading The Man Who Exposed the Truth About the Tiger Cages: Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022)

Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder (Vẻ đẹp nằm trong mắt người xem)

Miss Vietnam 2020 Do Thi Ha (C) and two runners-up Phuong Anh (L), Ngoc Thao (R) Beauty contests are still popular in Vietnam. It's hard to believe, or maybe not, when you consider that Vietnam is still very much a patriarchal society, a Confucian legacy resulting from nearly a millennium of Chinese occupation and other … Continue reading Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder (Vẻ đẹp nằm trong mắt người xem)

The Search for Talented Low-Income Students Who Qualify for Milton Hershey School

Image courtesy of MHS I recently saw a post on LinkedIn with the above title by a colleague who recruits for the Milton Hershey School in Pennsylvania, USA. He was attending a professional association conference at the time. For the uninitiated, this school was founded in 1909 by chocolate industrialist Milton Hershey and his wife, … Continue reading The Search for Talented Low-Income Students Who Qualify for Milton Hershey School

The Kids Aren’t Alright aka “The Coddling of the American Mind” Comes to Vietnam

Image courtesy of Stories by Shivangi: Validation vs Coddling – Did you know the difference? Last month, I met with a small group of US students who are in Vietnam as participants in a well-known fall study abroad program that runs from 5 September to 18 December. This is something I used to do every fall … Continue reading The Kids Aren’t Alright aka “The Coddling of the American Mind” Comes to Vietnam

“Driven to praise, driving me nuts: a US-Vietnam traffic comparison”

Traffic on Nguyen Trai Street in Hanoi's Dong Da District, August 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh This is my latest essay for VNExpress International. A Vietnamese version Lái xe ở Việt Nam (Driving in Vietnam) was published on 22.11.22 with over 200 comments, most in agreement with me. The original title for the English version … Continue reading “Driven to praise, driving me nuts: a US-Vietnam traffic comparison”