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”
Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education (Spring 2023)
A Multi-Stakeholder Perspective on Challenges and Best Practices This is the very long and descriptive title of a forthcoming book edited by Pii-Tuulia Nikula, Principal Academic, Te Pukenga – New Zealand Institute of Technology and Skills, Vincenzo Raimo, an independent higher education consultant and Visiting Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously served … Continue reading Student Recruitment Agents in International Higher Education (Spring 2023)
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