Kitsch at the Seaside

Photo by MAA (I'd rather see this in a museum or a park than at the beach.) Kitsch is defined as "art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way." How would you characterize the photo to the left? … Continue reading Kitsch at the Seaside

Tourism in Vietnam: A Tale of Two Tastes?

Recently, I've thought a lot about tourism in Vietnam for a couple of reasons. First, I'm concerned about the lack of regard for the environment on which we all depend for survival, which often takes a back seat to (over)development and revenue generation. Secondly, I'm well aware how important it is to Vietnam's economic well-being … Continue reading Tourism in Vietnam: A Tale of Two Tastes?