Source images: Bitexco Financial Tower, in Ho Chi Minh City © Kevin Miller/Alamy; vendors in Hoi An © John Milligan/Alamy; Tra On, in the Mekong Delta region © Robert Harding/Alamy; Mekong Delta © Jason Langley/Alamy Here's an interesting take on Viet Nam, overseas Vietnamese, and related identity issues that appeared in the June 2020 issue … Continue reading Going Home Again – The Vietnamese overseas return
Dear Vietnamese Community…
As seen on Facebook. Thank you, Meagan Tran, and thanks to those who have shared this message far and wide. Needless to say, racism is not limited to Vietnamese-Americans and other overseas Vietnamese (Việt kiều). I recently saw a racist rant written by a US-educated Vietnamese, a Fubrighter, no less. He subsequently deleted his post … Continue reading Dear Vietnamese Community…
“Humpty Dumpty” As World View, Overseas Vietnamese-Style
Here are the concluding paragraphs of my latest CounterPunch piece. If you're interested in reading the essay in its entirety, follow this link. If Humpty Dumpty – as world view and personal identity – were to have a great fall, I’m afraid it would be exceedingly difficult for all of the king’s horses and men … Continue reading “Humpty Dumpty” As World View, Overseas Vietnamese-Style
The Latest Fake News on Vietnam
Follow this link or click on the image to read a 12 September 2018 article version of a blog post I wrote on 12 August 2018. Peace, MAA
Fake News About Viet Nam
The above photo was taken at a 10 June 2018 demonstration in HCMC against a bill to create three new special economic zones (SEZs) in Quang Ninh and Khanh Hoa provinces, as well as on Phu Quoc Island. (There are already 18 SEZs.) As a result of considerable feedback from the public, including in the … Continue reading Fake News About Viet Nam
Viet Nam Ranks 5th in Emigration to the United States
Viet Nam ranks 5th in two US-related categories: the number of its young people studying there as of last June and the number of its citizens who emigrated there in Fiscal Year 2017, which ended on 30 September 2017. (Viet Nam is a "top ten" country in other categories, including EB-5 cases and US real … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 5th in Emigration to the United States
Viet Nam: A Top 10 Recipient of Remittances
According to the World Bank, Viet Nam ranked a close 9th to Bangladesh in 2016 in total remittances with an infusion of $13.4 billion. With a 2016 GDP of $202.6 billion this means that 6.6% of Viet Nam's GDP was attributed to remittances. (See GDP definition below.) Where Does the Money Go? According to the … Continue reading Viet Nam: A Top 10 Recipient of Remittances
Away from home: More Vietnamese leaving for richer countries
This is the mildly provocative title of a recent VNExpress International article about Vietnamese studying, working, and seeking permanent resident status overseas. While it may entice more netizens to read the article, the reality it attempts to describe is more multifaceted and complex than the black/white picture it paints. Yes, significant numbers of young Vietnamese … Continue reading Away from home: More Vietnamese leaving for richer countries
What’s in a Name?
As Vietnam celebrates the liberation/fall of Saigon 39 years ago today, 30 April, which signaled the end of the American War in Vietnam and the death knell of the southern part of that divided country known as the Republic of Vietnam, I thought you might be interested in knowing which city was the capital of South Vietnam, according to the … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
“Vietnamese Americans should come and live in Vietnam full time”
Interesting, insightful and heartfelt post by Minh, a HCMC-based blogger at Tech In Asia. Introduction: I’m a Vietnamese American. I’ve been living in Vietnam for seven years now. And in that time, I’ve only come back to the States a total of four times. Each time was less than a month. In other words, I’ve been living in … Continue reading “Vietnamese Americans should come and live in Vietnam full time”
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