“US teacher fired from Da Nang international school for possessing child porn”

OK, the clickbait title is a bit misleading but the first two paragraphs clarify what happened: An American teacher at a Da Nang international school was fired after it was found he had been arrested in the U.S. for possessing child porn. The unnamed physical education teacher at Singapore International School, 52, was arrested by … Continue reading “US teacher fired from Da Nang international school for possessing child porn”

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.”

This Talmud excerpt is both a comfort and a challenge. It's well worth reading from time to time. It conjures up a sense of community now and throughout history. If more people took this sentiment to heart and truly lived it, the world would be a much better place. Shalom (שלום), MAA Podcast Version https://anchor.fm/mark-a-ashwill/episodes/Do-not-be-daunted-by-the-enormity-of-the-worlds-grief-et4jt5

The Failures of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”

I'm happy to see this new website, still a work in progress, as a powerful counterpoint to the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick The Vietnam War series. It is a labor of love for the individual(s) who created it. (I assume their contact information will appear in the final version.) Here's an overview: There are … Continue reading The Failures of Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War”

“The Four F’s of Moving Forward in Challenging Times”: A Critique

United States and Vietnam two folded flags together Below is a 1770-word response to this recent 541-word blog post by Nancy Napier, a distinguished professor emerita and former director of the Center for Creativity and Innovation at Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics. That's more than 3 times as long as the original … Continue reading “The Four F’s of Moving Forward in Challenging Times”: A Critique

Mùa Đốt Rác Đã Đến

Bài viết của Paul Olivier. TS Paul sống ở Đà Lạt. Bài viết tiếng Anh tại đây với hình ảnh. (This is a Vietnamese version of 'Tis the Season to Burn Trash.) Mùa khô đang đến mau chóng, và như chúng ta đã biết, đã đến lúc người Việt Nam bắt đầu thiêu huỷ rác. … Continue reading Mùa Đốt Rác Đã Đến

‘Tis the Season to Burn Trash

This is a guest essay written by Dr. Paul Olivier, a US expat who lives in Dalat, a major tourist destination that is known as the honeymoon capital of Viet Nam. The sad and infuriating stories he tells are common throughout Viet Nam. Too many people have a total disregard for the environment. Pollution is … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Burn Trash

From the Sewer to Your Table?

Photos by Paul Olivier Here's a recent Facebook post from Paul Olivier, a US expat who has lived in Dalat for many years. As someone who is deeply concerned about the environment, he's taken thousands of photos documenting different kinds of pollution, including the cesspool that is Xuân Hương Lake, the heart of the city. … Continue reading From the Sewer to Your Table?

The Final Frontier for the Tobacco Industry: The Other Half

One of the dreams of the tobacco and alcoholic beverages industries is to persuade more young women to smoke and drink, following in the footsteps of their fathers and brothers. According to a 2015 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), 45.3% of men and 1.1% of women smoked. That's a lot of untapped con$umer potential. Six … Continue reading The Final Frontier for the Tobacco Industry: The Other Half

Investing in International Student Recruitment

Courtesy BridgeU I'm sorry but there are no free rides in the world of international student recruitment unless your institution is a global brand, e.g., Harvard, Oxford, etc. In the case of the US, think top 50, including Ivy League, schools. They built it a long time ago, have an international reputation, and prestige to … Continue reading Investing in International Student Recruitment