Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

What a surprise. Here we have Keith Krach, one of Trump's .01% political appointees, lackeys, and cheerleaders grinding an anti-China ax. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that this 18 August 2020 letter will end up being so much pissing in the wind. I'm thinking trash folder, recycle bin, or … Continue reading Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

Photo: Alex Leung I was inspired by the story of Jasmine Cochran, a young African-American woman who has been teaching teaching English literature and language since 2016 to students aged 14 to 16 in China, where she lives with her husband and two children. It was serendipity that I came across a BBC profile of … Continue reading Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

COVID-19 & Viet Nam

This is a screenshot from Jealous Coronavirus, an animated music video and public service announcement from the Viet Nam Ministry of Health. Click on "CC" for English subtitles. The transcript has translations in 22 languages. It is based on Jealous, Vietnamese hit song from 2017 Update on 15.3.20 This Wikipedia article 2020 coronavirus pandemic in … Continue reading COVID-19 & Viet Nam

B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

The adjusted refusal rate for B (tourist/business) visas issued to Vietnamese citizens in 2018 was 26.2%, which means the issuance rate was 73.8%. I wish we had access to the same information for F-1 (student) visas broken down by state and even institution and type of institution.   Student visa issuance rates are generally quite a … Continue reading B-1/2 vs. F-1 Visas to the USA

Viet Nam Ranks 60th Out of 163 in 2018 Global Peace Index

Viet Nam is a peaceful country.  For those of us who live here, I'm stating the obvious.  According to the latest Global Peace Index report,  Viet Nam ranks 60th out of 163 countries surveyed.  That ranking is in descending order from the "most peaceful" (Iceland) to the "most dangerous" (Syria).  The "state of peace" categories include: very … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 60th Out of 163 in 2018 Global Peace Index

The Tip of the Iceberg? “China’s New Oriental accused of US application fraud”

It is thanks to the crack reporting of Reuters that we have this  high-profile story about New Oriental Vision Overseas (NOVO) Consulting, a China-based educational consulting company that has allegedly behaved badly.  Otherwise, it would be business as usual.  You can be sure that this is not an exception to the rule but rather a … Continue reading The Tip of the Iceberg? “China’s New Oriental accused of US application fraud”

China & Vietnam: A Study in the USA Comparison

Given the  intriguing historical relationship between Vietnam and China, I thought it might be interesting to do a brief comparison between the two as it relates to study in the USA. But first, here’s some basic up-to-date (as of 2014) information about each country. China The population of China is estimated at 1,393,783,836 as of … Continue reading China & Vietnam: A Study in the USA Comparison

‘American Universities Are Addicted to Chinese Students’

A startling number of Chinese students are getting kicked out of American colleges. According to a white paper published by WholeRen, a Pittsburgh-based consultancy, an estimated 8,000 students from China were expelled from universities and colleges across the United States in 2013-4. The vast majority of these students—around 80 percent—were removed due to cheating or … Continue reading ‘American Universities Are Addicted to Chinese Students’