Dear Vietnamese Community…

As seen on Facebook. Thank you, Meagan Tran, and thanks to those who have shared this message far and wide. Needless to say, racism is not limited to Vietnamese-Americans and other overseas Vietnamese (Việt kiều). I recently saw a racist rant written by a US-educated Vietnamese, a Fubrighter, no less. He subsequently deleted his post … Continue reading Dear Vietnamese Community…

Let America Be America Again

Minneapolis, Associated Press The shocking on camera murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, riots, and looting reminded me of this poem written in 1935 by the poet, novelist, fiction writer, and playwright, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), and published in the July 1936 issue of Esquire. Racism is one of those "isms" whose seeds were … Continue reading Let America Be America Again

“This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

President Donald Trump holds a Bible outside St. John's Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday night, June 1, 2020, after riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear away protesters. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night.(Patrick Semansky, The Dallas Morning News) I'll … Continue reading “This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read…”

“The core sadism & power madness totally on display…”

In an image from 25 May 2020 video provided by Darnella Frazier, then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneels on the neck of George Floyd who was pleading that he could not breathe. (Darnella Frazier via AP) What's Past Is Prologue I detect a smug look of self-satisfaction on Derek Chauvin's cop face as George Floyd's … Continue reading “The core sadism & power madness totally on display…”

Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

This is a 29.5.20 PIE News article for which I was interviewed. Below are my answers in their entirety. What role will agents play in the recovery from Covid-19? Obviously, because international travel will be limited for quite some time, institutions that partner with education agents will have to rely on them now more than … Continue reading Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

Most Americans -- even relatively sophisticated ones who read The New York Review of Books -- have little knowledge of Third World countries. There is a real need for books written by sensitive and insightful journalists about countries such as Vietnam. Sadly, what we get instead is the polemical tract Vietnam: Rising Dragon written by an ideologue with a … Continue reading Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19

Tác giả Mark Ashwill, Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19 Dịch: Ngô Mạnh Hùng Bạn không thể làm hài lòng tất cả mọi người, đặc biệt là những người luôn nỗ lực hết mình để tìm ra lỗi lầm ở một quốc gia nổi bật là một mô hình điển hình giữa đại dịch … Continue reading VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19

Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Ranking the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, country by country (21.5.20, Politico) Here's the essay-length version of this 15.5.20 blog post. Below are the first three paragraphs to whet your appetite for more (or not): You can’t please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished … Continue reading Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”

As a regular commentator on Vietnam, and having written several articles on its Communist government’s Covid-19 response in recent months, I agree fully with (Bill) Hayton. -David Hutt, Asia Times Of course, he does. David (DH) and Bill (BH) are two peas in a pod when it comes to Viet Nam. They're not only "peas … Continue reading Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”

Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

https://youtu.be/2NGVPeyA2fo Here's an excellent 18-minute interview with Dr. Guy Thwaites, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam; Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford; Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust; Honorary Professor, MRC Clinical Trial … Continue reading Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus