Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam

For the people of Vietnam, who were just beginning to recover from five years of ruthless economic exploitation by the Japanese, the end of World War II promised to bring eighty years of French control to a close. As the League for the Independence of Vietnam (Vietnam Doc Lap Dong Minh Hoi), better known as … Continue reading Declaration of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam

“TPP: Americans and Vietnamese lose. Big corporations win.”

The title of this post and the bilingual document on which it's based, drafted by Chuck Searcy and Lady Borton, pretty much sums it up.  Chuck is a Vietnam veteran; Lady worked with all sides during the war. Both have worked in Vietnam since before normalization of US-Vietnam diplomatic relations 20 years ago.  Follow this … Continue reading “TPP: Americans and Vietnamese lose. Big corporations win.”

Subject: Still Lucid at 97: General Vo Nguyen Giap Talks Education

This is the title of a fascinating diplomatic cable from the US Embassy-Hanoi, about Ambassador Michael Michalak's 25 April 2008 meeting with the legendary General Vo Nguyen Giap at the latter's home in Hanoi.   This unclassified document appears on the Wikileaks Cable Viewer website.  It's one of several devoted to education in Vietnam and US-Vietnam educational exchange.   … Continue reading Subject: Still Lucid at 97: General Vo Nguyen Giap Talks Education

Policy Guidance for EducationUSA Centers on Commercial Recruitment Agents

This policy guidance (PDF) from the U.S. State Department's states that all (EducationUSA) centers "must adhere to the following ethical standards as a condition of their centers’ voluntary association with, and continued support from, ECA (Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs).  We understand that many advisers have been approached by commercial recruiters who have requested … Continue reading Policy Guidance for EducationUSA Centers on Commercial Recruitment Agents

Wikileaks & Vietnam

Many people with a personal and professional interest in Vietnam are patiently waiting to see if any nuggets of gold can be mined from the ore that is the 2325 US Embassy-Hanoi documents that will be trickling out on the Wikileaks Cable Gate website.  Areas of interest include all of the “usual suspects” such as war legacy issues (e.g., unexploded ordnance … Continue reading Wikileaks & Vietnam

SEVIS By The Numbers: September 2010 Snapshot

This quarterly report (PDF) is a statistical breakdown of the system’s performance and trends in foreign student representation in U.S. academic and exchange programs.  As of 30 September 2010, SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) contained records for 1,164,691 active nonimmigrant students, exchange visitors, and their dependents.  The total number of records for all … Continue reading SEVIS By The Numbers: September 2010 Snapshot

Building Partnerships in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. and Vietnam

Below is an excerpt from the report of the 3rd Education Conference, held on January 14–15, 2010 at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi.  Follow this link to download the conference report. (689 KB, PDF) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This Education Conference – organized by the U.S. Mission in Vietnam, Vietnam National University, Hanoi and the Ministry of Education and Training – brought together … Continue reading Building Partnerships in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges for the U.S. and Vietnam