Of Things That Go Bump in the Night & High-Priced Real Estate in Hanoi

Note the mango tree to the right. Photos by MAA Once upon a time, there was an ugly old building in a prime location that had been left unoccupied for as long as anyone could remember. It’s a property that I’ve driven and walked by countless times. The architecture, heavy on concrete and light on … Continue reading Of Things That Go Bump in the Night & High-Priced Real Estate in Hanoi

Vinhomes Ocean Park (Re)Visited

A glance through the VinUniversity main gate. (All photos by MAA.) This is the second in a trilogy of posts about various Vingroup projects. This one is a more detailed look at VinUniversity and the Vinhomes community in which it is embedded. (Here's a related post from 17.8.20.) Before the fourth wave of COVID-19 reared … Continue reading Vinhomes Ocean Park (Re)Visited

“Kamala Harris pays tribute to late John McCain in Hanoi”

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris pays tribute to late Senator John McCain at the McCain Memorial at Hanoi's Truc Bach Lake, August 25, 2021. Photo by AFP Imagine if the deputy PM in Japan visited Pearl Harbor, then laid down flowers for all the Japanese pilots died in 1941. (Juliet Huang) I can't help feeling … Continue reading “Kamala Harris pays tribute to late John McCain in Hanoi”

Ecopark & Higher Education Investment

An idyllic scene near the Ecopark campus of British University Vietnam (BUV) Photos by MAA Ecopark is an urban township development on the outskirts of Hanoi on the other side of the Red River in Hung Yen Province. By the time it's finished, it will cover 500 hectares (1236 acres) with investment capital of over … Continue reading Ecopark & Higher Education Investment

The Origins of Viet Nam’s Stock Market

Michael Coghlan from Adelaide, Australia - Hanoi Stock Exchange The HSE is located across the street from the ironic Opera House and right around the corner from my old office. Sometimes, I feel a little like Forrest Gump. Maybe it's because I've been around so long. In another incarnation, I helped organize two study tour programs for Vietnamese … Continue reading The Origins of Viet Nam’s Stock Market

In the Midst of a Fourth Wave of COVID-19 in Viet Nam

Source: Worldometer, Vietnam Viet Nam is facing its greatest public health challenge yet since the global pandemic began. As of this writing, the country logged 81,328 active cases of COVID-19. Keep in mind that there were fewer than 200 active cases in April. The total number of deaths stands at 499, which is expected to … Continue reading In the Midst of a Fourth Wave of COVID-19 in Viet Nam

Miracles in Our Midst: An Ode to the Trees of Hanoi

This expanded version of an essay I wrote last month was published by Soha.vn in its new WOW VIETNAM series. The translation of the title, 'Niềm tự hào Ấn Độ' trên vỉa hè Hà Nội is 'Pride of India' on the sidewalks of Hanoi. Here's the teaser: All a tree requires is that we create … Continue reading Miracles in Our Midst: An Ode to the Trees of Hanoi

An Excerpt from “Then The Americans Came”

Then The Americans Came: Voices from Vietnam is a 1994 book written by Martha Hess that consists of over 100 interviews conducted by the author in Viet Nam during 1990-91 involving atrocities committed by US forces above and below the 17th parallel. The eyewitness report below is about Khâm Thiên Street in the Đống Đa … Continue reading An Excerpt from “Then The Americans Came”

Capstone Vietnam (Hanoi) & Lê Quý Đôn: Honor by Association

Photo courtesy of the Le Quy Don High School in HCMC It’s fitting that the Hanoi office of Capstone, one of Viet Nam’s premier educational consulting companies, is located at 2 Lê Quý Đôn Street in the Hai Bà Trưng District of Hanoi. There are many streets, schools, and even a university named after him … Continue reading Capstone Vietnam (Hanoi) & Lê Quý Đôn: Honor by Association