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
“Vietnam needs to embrace its history fully”
This well-known and often misquoted quote by George Santayana (1863-1952), a Spanish-US American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist who was born in Madrid and died in Rome, literally assumes there is something learned in the first place that has since been forgotten. This is not the case with people who don't learn the good, the … Continue reading “Vietnam needs to embrace its history fully”
Just Because the Golden Arches are in Vietnam Doesn’t Mean the US Won the War
Here's my latest CounterPunch article, in response to a statement in a TV interview by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnamese-American author that the US won the war because Viet Nam shifted to a free market economy. Here's an excerpt to whet your appetite: Last December, Viet Thanh Nguyen, a chaired professor of English and American Studies … Continue reading Just Because the Golden Arches are in Vietnam Doesn’t Mean the US Won the War
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