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
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”
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)
Don Luce at Niagara Falls (Photo credit: Ted Lieverman) It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Don Luce at the age of 88 in Niagara Falls, NY. This 6 December 2022 obituary by Seth Mydans of the New York Times (NYT) is an eloquent and fitting tribute to Don and … Continue reading Donald Sanders Luce (1934-2022), RIP
Trash is left at Lam Vien Square in the heart of Da Lat. Photo by Paul Olivier I was pleased to see VNExpress International publish this article by Paul Olivier. The dire situation that he describes applies to many cities and towns throughout Vietnam. Be sure to have a look at the comments. Paul criticizes … Continue reading Beyond the hype, a dirty side of Da Lat
This image accompanied a message I received from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), of which I'm a member: The Mayflower Society wishes you a healthy and happy Thanksgiving! It's an idealized view, glorious rays of sunshine and all, of a ship that brought saints and strangers, Puritans who came to be known as … Continue reading Thanksgiving: A Bittersweet Holiday
This 17 November 2022 CounterPunch essay is a follow-up to a 26 August 2022 article entitled They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!. Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair for CounterPunch. Follow this link to read the article. Shalom (שלום), MAA
This has become a custom among some members of Vietnam's nouveau riche. I took this photo at a five-star hotel in HCMC. I grimaced when I saw this baby dressed up in a military uniform. The teddy bear adds a special touch. Talk about an alienation effect! The formula is simple. Rent out a large … Continue reading Happy 1st Birthday, Little Soldier!
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com! You registered on WordPress.com 13 years ago. Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging. It’s no coincidence that I started this blog two months after co-founding Capstone Vietnam, recently rebranded as Capstone Education, a full-service educational consulting company with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). It was a … Continue reading Happy 13th Anniversary, IEinVN!
The poem below is by Ricardo Gondim, a Brazilian theologian and progressive pastor. It is often misattributed to Mário de Andrade (1893-1945), poet, novelist, essayist, musicologist, and one of the founders of Brazilian modernism. Check out this 2020 post “My Soul Has a Hat” by Mário de Andrade Is Fake News for more information. (I'm … Continue reading A Poem About the Passage of Time