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
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
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 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
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
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
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?