About Injustice & Immorality

This is a profoundly meaningful thought that is much easier said than done. The dark reality, in some societies more than others, is that most people are perfectly happy to live amid injustice without anger. They only care about themselves and don't want to "rock the boat." Some are not permitted to express themselves freely … Continue reading About Injustice & Immorality

They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch. Here's the first paragraph to whet your appetite for more (or not). Note: 17 minute read. During a recent trip to Boston, I saw this delusional expression screaming at me in large red, white, and blue letters from the side of a passing cement truck. For the uninitiated, it’s … Continue reading They Hate US ‘Cause They Ain’t US!

If You See Something, Say Something

Here's my latest piece for CounterPunch. If you like the intro, read on. If not, that's OK, too. 😊 Photograph Source: istolethetv – CC BY 2.0 It is well-known that the US is a divided and conflict-ridden society that is fraying at the seams on so many levels. From the homeless in Denver, fellow human beings … Continue reading If You See Something, Say Something

Vietnamese Students Discover Norway

Norsk natur (Credit: Study in Norway) Thanks to a colleague at the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills, I learned more about how many Vietnamese students are pursuing higher education in Norway and in which fields. While the numbers are modest compared to the top 15 overseas destinations, you can see gradual increases from … Continue reading Vietnamese Students Discover Norway

US Immigrant Visas in Vietnam: 2012-2021

With a Vietnamese American population of over 2 million in the US, the "grass is greener" view is still powerful among many Vietnamese with relatives there. Here are the numbers from 2012 to 2021. 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 24,133 23,424 24,489 27,391 32,970 28,719 28,701 32,867 20,230 10,458 The … Continue reading US Immigrant Visas in Vietnam: 2012-2021

Cheating Without Borders

As seen on Capstone Educational Consulting's Facebook page. The logo looks it was created by a free online logo generator. Love the color, too: shades of baby puke green. I recently came across Capstone Educational Consulting, a company in Myanmar with a familiar-sounding name. As their website points out, the company was founded "with the … Continue reading Cheating Without Borders

FY2022 US Student Visa Trends in Vietnam

For those of you who follow these trends, i.e., recruitment colleagues, here's the picture so far for FY2022 in ascending chronological order. October 2021: 178 (HCMC); 60 (Hanoi) November 2021: 388 (HCMC); 121 (Hanoi) December 2021: 249 (HCMC); 231 (Hanoi January 2022: 168 (HCMC); 87 (Hanoi) February 2022: 87 (HCMC); 28 (Hanoi) March 2022: 115 (HCMC); 47 … Continue reading FY2022 US Student Visa Trends in Vietnam

Business as Usual at Fulbright University Vietnam

Do As We Say, Not As We Do I was checking my LinkedIn feed and noticed a Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) post about its new partnership with Columbia University. The phrase that jumped off the screen was Understand the Past, which I happen to take seriously. Thinking about the ill-fated appointment of self-confessed war criminal … Continue reading Business as Usual at Fulbright University Vietnam

Telling Truth in All its Complexity

When I mentioned to an acquaintance in the southern U.S. state of Georgia that I shared some strands of DNA with a family of slaveowners there, he replied that I am "living proof of evolution to a higher state of being!" While that simple truth put a smile on my face, it also offers a … Continue reading Telling Truth in All its Complexity