Writings in English

Here’s a list of selected English language works in descending chronological order. While most are articles, there are also blog posts, a couple of interviews, a book chapter, and a book. Almost all can be accessed online.  If not and you’re interested, I can probably send you a PDF copy.  



(17.2.23). Isn’t it time to shut down the fake credentials industry? CounterPunch Reprint of 11.2.23 UWN article.

(11.2.23). Isn’t it time to shut down the fake credentials industry? University World News.

(10.1.23). Giving childhood back to our children VNExpress International.


(29.12.22). Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022): Exposed the Truth About the Tiger Cages Vietnam Full Disclosure Reprint of 23.12.22 CounterPunch article.

(23.12.22). The Man Who Exposed the Truth About the Tiger Cages: Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022) CounterPunch Here’s a 24.12.22 blog post about the article.

(10.12.22). Driven to praise, driving me nuts: a US-Vietnam traffic comparison (editor’s title) VNExpress International.

(17.11.22). We’re Here Because the US Was There CounterPunch.

(24.10.22). Graffiti is visual pollution, an eyesore Vietnam can do without VNExpress International.

(23.9.2). The Costs of Unlimited Growth: A View from Vietnam CounterPunch.

(8.9.22). You can’t eat money: the cost of unlimited growth VNExpress International.

(26.8.22). They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US! CounterPunch.

(23.8.22). If You See Something, Say Something® CounterPunch.

(29.7.22). Gun Violence: An International Educator’s Moral Quandary. CounterPunch. Reprinted from UWN.

(18.7.22). Gun violence: An international educator’s moral quandary. University World News.

(30.4.22). “Nothing is Impossible” Finds It Impossible to Tell the Truth About Vietnam. Vietnam Full Disclosure. Reprinted from CounterPunch.

(29.4.22). “Nothing is Impossible” Finds It Impossible to Tell the Truth About Vietnam. CounterPunch.

(11.3.22). A Call for Universal Empathy: We are the “Other”. CounterPunch. Reprinted from UWN.

(5.3.22). A call for universal empathy: we are ‘the other’. University World News.

(21.2.22). A Vietnamese tradition inspires a genealogical journey. VNExpress International.


(5.12.21). Imagine a world without education agents (if you can) University World News.

(22.11.21). Former US Ambassador to Viet Nam Chooses Expediency Over Integrity Time and Again. CounterPunch.

(14.11.21). The latest chapter in Vietnam’s valiant battle against the Delta variant. Hanoi Times. This is a revised and updated version of the article below published on 28.10.21 by CounterPunch.

(28.10.21). The Latest Chapter in Vietnam’s Valiant Battle Against the Delta Variant. CounterPunch.

(21.10.21). Of Spirits, Martyrs & Legends: the Magic & Sorrow of Vietnam’s Côn Sơn Island. CounterPunch.

(13.10.21). Covid-19 silver lining: overseas study opportunities abound for Vietnamese students. VNExpress International.

(30.9.21). Constructive Criticism Rooted in Respect: A View from Vietnam. CounterPunch.

(20.8.21). Patriotism and Pollution: Making Environmental Protection a Priority in Vietnam. CounterPunch. Reprint of 28.7.21 VNExpress International article entitled Vietnam needs to get wise about being healthy and wealthy.

(18.8.21). Freedom of Speech According to the Gospel of Koch. CounterPunch. Reprint of 18.7.21 University World News article.

(18.8.21). Dishonor by Association: A Red, White, and Blue Object Lesson. Vietnam Full Disclosure. Reprint of 6.8.21 CounterPunch article of the same name.

(6.8.21). Dishonor by Association: A Red, White, and Blue Object Lesson. CounterPunch.

(4.8.21). Whatever Happened to Internationalism? CounterPunch. This is a reprint of my 4.7.21 article Global citizenship is about more than intercultural skills linked below.

(28.7.21). Vietnam needs to get wise about being healthy and wealthy. VNExpress International.

(18.7.21). Freedom of speech according to the gospel of Koch. University World News.

(4.7.21). Global citizenship is about more than intercultural skills. University World News.

(3.7.21). Miracles in our midst: an ode to the trees of Hanoi. VNExpress International.

(21.5.21). Of Class Rings, Bone Fragments and Fish Ponds: the Interminable Search for US MIAs in Vietnam. CounterPunch.

(9.5.21). The need for a counter-narrative on anti-Asian racism. University World News.

(Spring 2021). Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam Revisited. CounterPunch. Reprinted by Peace & Planet News.

(29.4.21). Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam Revisited. CounterPunch. Reprinted by Vietnam Full Disclosure on 4 May 2021.

(1.2.21). Trumpism is Exactly Who Many of US Are. CounterPunch.

(9.1.21). Will Vietnamese student numbers in the US recover post-COVID? University World News.


(16.12.20). Vietnamese collectivism during challenging time inspires foreigner. Hanoi Times.

(9.11.20). The US presidential election as a reflection of two Americas. VNExpress International.

(22.9.20). Balancing Solidarity & Individualism in the COVID-19 Era. ZNet. Retrieved from https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/balancing-solidarity-individualism-in-the-covid-19-era/

(18.9.20). Balancing Solidarity & Individualism in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: a View from Vietnam. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/09/18/balancing-solidarity-individualism-in-the-covid-19-era-and-beyond-a-view-from-vietnam

(8.9.20). Missing the forest for the trees: National English exam results reconsidered. VNExpress International. Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/missing-the-forest-for-the-trees-national-english-exam-results-reconsidered-4157932.html

(23.7.20). Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/07/23/promoting-study-in-the-usa-in-trying-times/

(18.7.20). Promoting study in US universities in trying times. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200717142648449

(27.5.20). Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/27/vietnam-criticized-for-its-first-round-victory-over-covid-19/

(30.4.20). A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/30/a-letter-from-viet-nam-on-the-occasion-of-the-45th-anniversary-of-the-end-of-the-war/

(17.4.20). View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/04/17/view-from-vietnam-covid-19-reminds-the-world-that-donald-trump-has-no-clothes/

(13.4.20). Anatomy of a perfect storm for international recruitment. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200413105356407

(21.3.20). During the Covid-19 pandemic, do as the Vietnamese do. VNExpress International. Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/during-the-covid-19-pandemic-do-as-the-vietnamese-do-4072619.html A slightly edited version of this article appeared in the 25 March 2020 issue of CounterPunch.

(14.3.20). Vietnam: An outlier in the coronavirus epidemic and HE? University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200313063615630

(29.2.20). One size doesn’t fit all when checking student eligibility. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200227144429621

(8.2.20). Vietnamese student enrolment in the US holds steady. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200205124654543

(18.1.20). Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200115145829303

(17.1.20). Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/17/playing-geopolitical-whack-a-mole-the-viet-nam-flag-issue-revisited/


(1.10.19). Reflections on the passing of General Giap and the end of an era. VNExpress International. Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/reflections-on-the-passing-of-general-giap-and-the-end-of-an-era-3988280.html

(3.9.19). Whose Bread I Eat, His Song I Sing: An International Education Nonprofit and a Devil’s Bargain. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/03/whose-bread-i-eat-his-song-i-sing-an-international-education-nonprofit-and-a-devils-bargain/

(2.9.19). Patriotism: The tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. VNExpress International. Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/patriotism-the-tranquil-and-steady-dedication-of-a-lifetime-3976319.html

(2.8.19). Coming to Terms with the Past by Honoring Historical Truth: The Case of Fulbright University Vietnam. CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/02/coming-to-terms-with-the-past-by-honoring-historical-truth-the-case-of-fulbright-university-vietnam/

(13.6.19). The Hustling Culture of International Education: Conference Sessions for Sale. Self-published on LinkedIn. Retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hustling-culture-international-education-conference-sessions-ashwill/  (NOTE:  I think this article was “too hot to handle,” hence the self-publication.)  

(29.5.19). Number of Vietnamese Students in the US Rebounds. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2019/05/number-of-vietnamese-students-in-the-us-rebounds/

(22.5.19). Albright & Powell to Speak at Major International Education Conference: What Were They Thinking? CounterPunch. Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/05/22/albright-powell-to-speak-at-major-international-education-conference-what-were-they-thinking/

MAA and Eddie West. (20.4.19). Ethical agents should support direct student admissions (NOTE:  Editor’s title). University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190418052805862

(23.3.19). The shift of Vietnamese students to Canada marches on. University World News.  Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190320083629583

MAA and Eddie West. (8.3.19). International recruitment – Are education agents welcome? (NOTE:  Editor’s title) University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20190307130102396

(7.2.19). On the outside looking in:  A US American in VietnamVNExpress International.  Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/on-the-outside-looking-in-a-us-american-in-vietnam-3858572.html

(18.1.19). The Metamorphosis of International Students Into Honorary US Nationalists: a View from Viet NamCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/18/the-metamorphosis-of-international-students-into-honorary-us-nationalists-a-view-from-viet-nam

(November 2018, vol. 16). Vietnam Hangs Out the Welcome Sign for International Schools. IEM Spotlight, NAFSA:  Association of International Educators. Retrieved from https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/vietnam-hangs-out-welcome-sign-international-schools  (NOTE:  For NAFSA members only. If interested, please email me.)

(11.12.18). A “Patriotic” Education Study Abroad Program in Viet Nam: God Bless America, Right or WrongCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/12/11/a-patriotic-education-study-abroad-program-in-viet-nam-god-bless-america-right-or-wrong/

(28.10.18) #YouAreWelcomeWhere? A Call to ActionThe World View – A blog from the Center for International Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed.  Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/youarewelcomewhere-call-action

MAA and Eddie West. (26.10.18). An ethical approach to commissions-based recruitment. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20181023153107599

(8.10.18). When in Vietnam, drive as the Vietnamese doVNExpress International. Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/when-in-vietnam-drive-as-the-vietnamese-do-3811988.html

(2.10.18). Vietnam:  North/South and the Party LineCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/02/vietnam-north-south-and-the-party-line/

(12.9.18). The Latest Fake News on VietnamCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/09/12/the-latest-fake-news-on-vietnam/

(23.8.18). Shifting focus: Vietnamese students & overseas study destinations. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2018/08/shifting-focus-vietnamese-students-overseas-study-destinations/

(17.8.18). More Demons Unleashed After Fulbright University Vietnam Official Drops. CounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/08/17/more-demons-unleashed-after-fulbright-university-vietnam-official-drops-rhetorical-bombshells/

(27.7.18). Working with Education Agents: A View from Vietnam by Guest Blogger Mark Ashwill. NetworkNAFSA.  Retrieved from https://network.nafsa.org/blogs/helen-sophia-chua-balderama/2018/07/27/working-with-education-agents-a-view-from-vietnam

(27.4.18). Vietnamese students look at the US and head north (NOTE:  Editor’s title). University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20180424102223373

(9.3.18). How the Vietnamese Use the Internet, Including Social Media. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2018/03/how-the-vietnamese-use-the-internet-including-social-media/

(2.3.18). Why don’t Vietnam’s universities rank higher in AsiaUniversity World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20180227125135965

(23.1.18). If I Were US Ambassador to Vietnam…  CounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/01/23/if-i-were-us-ambassador-to-vietnam/


(29.9.17). Meet the new boss, similar to the old boss: new agent regulations unveiled in Vietnam. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2017/09/meet-the-new-boss-similar-to-the-old-boss-new-agent-regulations-unveiled-in-vietnam/

(16.9.17). To many Vietnamese, US still a top overseas study destination in spite of Donald TrumpVNExpress International.  Retrieved from https://e.vnexpress.net/news/perspectives/to-many-vietnamese-us-still-a-top-overseas-study-destination-in-spite-of-donald-trump-3641892.html

Interview.  (22.8.17). Capstone Vietnam: Why This Education Entrepreneur Is Excited About Vietnam’s Future. Vietcetera. Retrieved from https://vietcetera.com/en/capstone-vietnam-why-this-education-entrepreneur-is-excited-about-vietnams-future/

(10.8.17). You Don’t Have to Study Business to Do BusinessStudy in the USA.  Retrieved from https://www.studyusa.com/en/a/1572/you-don-t-have-to-study-business-to-do-business  (NOTE:  A Vietnamese version was published in 2-17 by Forbes Vietnam.) 

(7.7.17). Trump is not deterring Vietnamese from studying in USUniversity World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=201707071320517

MAA and Deepak Neopane. (7.7.17). Myanmar: a new frontier for international student recruitment. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2017/07/myanmar-burma-new-frontier-higher-education-international-student-recruitment/

(26.5.17). The Fat Lady Finally Sings: Bob Kerrey Quietly Resigns from Fulbright University Vietnam Leadership PositionCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/26/the-fat-lady-finally-sings-bob-kerrey-quietly-resigns-from-fulbright-university-vietnam-leadership-position/

(28.4.17). Breaking into Cambodia: Asia’s new tiger economy. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2017/04/breaking-into-cambodia-asias-new-tiger-economy/

(21.4.17). Can Vietnam buck the Trump effect on recruitmentUniversity World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=2017041814013166

(5.5.17). Just Because the Golden Arches are in Vietnam Doesn’t Mean the US Won the WarCounterPunch.  Retrieved from https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/05/05/just-because-the-golden-arches-are-in-vietnam-doesnt-mean-the-us-won-th/

(28.2.17). Vietnamese student numbers growing in the US. VietnamNet Bridge.  Retrieved from https://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/education/173576/vietnamese-student-numbers-growing-in-the-us.html

(20.1.17). The turn to nativism hinders international education. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20170116192441402


(9.12.16). Despite Trump, US will still welcome foreign students. University World News.  Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20161205203034967

(28.10.16). The Trump impact abroad. University World News.  Retrieved from 

(30.9.16). Take responsibility for ensuring ethical recruitmentUniversity World News.  Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20160921104612790

(8.11.16). “Freedom isn’t Free” in the Land of the Delusional & the Home of the Duped.  CounterPunch.  Republished by Vietnam Full Disclosure.

(15.7.16). Buyer beware – Advice for international students. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20160714100912460

(8.7.16). What Were They Thinking? Bob Kerrey and Fulbright University. University World News.  Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20160705130314538

(5.8.16). Vietnam removes agency certification requirements. ICEF Monitor. Retrieved from https://monitor.icef.com/2016/08/vietnam-removes-agency-certification-requirements/

(18.3.16). US nationalism – The elephant in the roomUniversity World News.  Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20160317005217625

(15.1.16). Vietnamese student numbers growing in the US. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=2016011313585113


(18.12.15). Washington State & Vietnamese Students: A Story of Requited Love. The PIE Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.thepienews.com/2015/12/washington-state-vietnamese-students-a-story-of-requited-love/

(May 2015, vol. 12, issue 1). Vietnam’s Stock Continues to Rise in the World of U.S. International Student RecruitmentIEM Spotlight, NAFSA:  Association of International Educators.  Retrieved from https://www.nafsa.org/professional-resources/browse-by-interest/vietnams-stock-continues-rise-world-us-international-student-recruitment (NOTE:  For NAFSA members only. If interested, please email me.)

(29.4.15). The Wall Times 65: Commemorate That.  HuffPost.  Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-wall-times-65-vietnam_b_7137940


(20.2.14). Jumping on the Vietnam War Commemoration Bandwagon: The Vain Search for HonorHuffPost.  Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vietnam-war-50th-anniversary_b_4500456

(12.12.14). Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment. University World News. Retrieved from https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20141210154802672


Interview. (24.9.13). Vietnam should teach kindness to children. Tuoi Tre News.  Retrieved from https://tuoitrenews.vn/city-diary/13459/vietnam-should-teach-kindness-to-children

(8.7.13). When Nationalism and Militarism Become One. HuffPost. Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/american-nationalism_b_3564377

(29.4.13). From the Lion’s Den: An Open Letter (and Invitation) to Vietnam VeteransHuffPost.  Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vietnam-veterans-travel_b_3176912

(11.4.13) Why Vietnam? A market snapshotICEF Monitor.  Retrieved from https://monitor.icef.com/2013/04/why-vietnam-a-market-snapshot/

(9.4.13).The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War: Revising the Past, Revisiting the LiesHuffPost.  Retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vietnam-war-50th-anniversary_b_3044899


(12.4.11). Higher Ed as a Weapon (NOTE:  Editor’s title). Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2011/04/12/higher-ed-weapon

(August 2011). Caveat Emptor!  US Rogue Providers Discover Vietnam. wRAP Up – A Newsletter for the Recruitment, Admissions, and Preparation Knowledge Community, (NAFSA), 51-58.  It no longer appears on NAFSA’s website so let me know if you’d like a PDF copy.  


(1.8.10) Vietnam: A Rising Star on the U.S. Higher Education SceneWorld Education News + Reviews (WENR).  Retrieved from https://wenr.wes.org/2010/08/wenr-julyaugust-2010-feature

(2010). A World of Possibilities and the World of Work: Study Abroad Returnees Get Down to Business. In M. Tillman (Ed.), Impact of Education Abroad on Career Development (Vol. 1, pp. 11–12). Stamford, CT: American Institute For Foreign Study. doi: https://www.aifsabroad.com/advisors/pdf/Impact_of_Education_AbroadI.pdf


MAA &  Dương Thị Hoàng Oanh. (2009). Developing Globally Competent Citizens: The Contrasting Cases of the United States and Vietnam.  In D. Deardorff (Ed.),  The SAGE Handbook of Intercultural Competence.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc.


Interview. Landsberger, J. (Mar/April 2006). Interview with Mark AshwillTech Trends, 50(2), 6-9.  Retrieved from https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ774614


(9-05). Commentary: Patriotism in Troubled Times. WBFO – Buffalo’s NPR News Station.  Retrieved from https://news.wbfo.org/post/commentary-patriotism-troubled-times

Le, N. M., & Ashwill, M. (2005). Non-Public Higher Education in VietnamInternational Higher Education, (36). https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2004.36.7429

(May/June 2005). Moving Vietnam Forward: The Vietnam Education FoundationInternational Educator, 14(3).  Retrieved from https://www.questia.com/magazine/1P3-850433261/moving-vietnam-forward  (This article is about the Vietnam Education Foundation.  Let me know if you’d like a PDF copy.)

(Spring 2005). Beyond Language Training and Study AbroadIntercultural Management Quarterly, American University.  Retrieved from https://issuu.com/interculturalmanagement/docs/2005-spring-imq

(2005). US Institutions Find Fertile Ground in Vietnam’s Expanding Higher Education Market. International Higher Education, (44). https://doi.org/10.6017/ihe.2006.44.7914


Ashwill, M. A., author, & Diep, T. N., contributor (2004). Vietnam Today: a Guide to a Nation at a Crossroads. Yarmouth, Maine: Intercultural Press. doi: https://www.amazon.com/Vietnam-Today-Guide-Nation-Crossroads/dp/1931930090 (This book is widely cited and was selected by the Vietnam Studies Group, a scholarly listserv, as one of the best books about Viet Nam.)

(2004). Developing Intercultural Competence for the Masses.  International Educator (NAFSA), XIII (2).  (Feature article in an issue devoted to “Global Workforce Development.”  A version of this aired as a radio commentary on 17.11.04)  


(2003) ‘Seeing beyond the Numbers: International Student Equity and Access’, International Educator. XII (2), pp.20-25.


(17.5.02). Vietnamese Students in America: a Force for RenewalThe Chronicle of Higher Education.  Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/article/Vietnamese-Students-in/7910  (NOTE:  Believe it or not, this is still premium content over 17 years after it was published, so email me if you’d like a copy.)  


(Spring 2001). Looking to the West: Vietnam’s New Generation Embraces Education Abroad. International Educator (cover story).  


Ashwill, M.A., & Nerison-Low, R. (1999). The Development and Implementation of Education Standards in the United States. In The Educational System in the United States: Case Study Findings. National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment, Office of Educational Research and Assessment, U.S. Dept. of Education.

Ashwill, M. (Ed.). (1999). The educational system in Germany: case study findings. National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment, Office of Educational Research and Assessment, U.S. Dept. of Education.