Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Ranking the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, country by country (21.5.20, Politico) Here's the essay-length version of this 15.5.20 blog post. Below are the first three paragraphs to whet your appetite for more (or not): You can’t please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished … Continue reading Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

https://youtu.be/2NGVPeyA2fo Here's an excellent 18-minute interview with Dr. Guy Thwaites, Director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit and Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Viet Nam; Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Oxford; Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust; Honorary Professor, MRC Clinical Trial … Continue reading Rappler Talk Investigative: Guy Thwaites on Vietnam’s effective strategy against coronavirus

“Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression” Say What?!?

An aging US journalist currently based in Hanoi (let's call him PM) probably thought he was being collegial by posting this hatchet job on the Vietnam Studies Group (VSG) listserv. For the uninitiated, which would be 99.9% of you, said listserv provides "resources and information for scholarly research, study, and teaching about Vietnam." (The main … Continue reading “Vietnam’s Coronavirus Success Is Built on Repression” Say What?!?

Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

I rarely respond to Facebook or LinkedIn comments. My view is that whatever I have to say of substance I'll say in a blog post, essay, or interview. There are times, however, when I'm willing to make an exception. This comment by "TS" was one of them. It was in response to an Atlantic article … Continue reading Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes

Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch about Trump and COVID-19. As I mention in passing, The coronavirus lays bare on an almost daily basis the litany of faults and weaknesses of Donald Trump and the country he was elected to lead. I focus on the former; it's … Continue reading View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes

Return to the US? From the Food Warmer Into the Fire

The US Embassy in Hanoi recently started sending me and other US expats in Viet Nam whose email addresses happen to be on file daily updates with the subject line: Health and Travel Alert. I was struck by this "reminder" in the 3 April edition: On March 31, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo … Continue reading Return to the US? From the Food Warmer Into the Fire

During the Covid-19 pandemic, do as the Vietnamese do

Staff spray disinfectant at a dormitory in Ho Chi Minh City for the city to use it as centralized facility to quarantine those coming to Vietnam from areas hit by Covid-19, March 18, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran. Here's my latest essay for VNExpress International. Below are a couple of introductory paragraphs to whet your … Continue reading During the Covid-19 pandemic, do as the Vietnamese do

Vietnam: An outlier in the coronavirus epidemic and HE?

Photo: iStock (MAA: Note that "South China Sea" is known as the "East Sea" in Viet Nam, for obvious geopolitical reasons.) Here's my latest essay for University World News about COVID-19 and how Viet Nam has dealt with it so far. This is a classic example of "breaking news", which means that writing about it … Continue reading Vietnam: An outlier in the coronavirus epidemic and HE?

“Jealous Coronavirus” Music Video from Vietnam Ministry of Health

On a lighthearted and entertaining note but with an important message, check out this music video/public service announcement from the Vietnam Ministry of Health, which has gone viral. It has been featured by a number of international media outlets, including NPR and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. This 4 March Straits Times article describes … Continue reading “Jealous Coronavirus” Music Video from Vietnam Ministry of Health