Vietnamese Billionaire to Donate $211 Million to University of Oxford College

An announcement on the International Vietnamese Academics Network's Facebook page jumped off my screen. Ly Le, who posted it, mentioned that while it was Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao's (Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo) money and she could do what she wanted with it, she was sad for Viet Nam and for the donor. Ms. Thao is … Continue reading Vietnamese Billionaire to Donate $211 Million to University of Oxford College

“With A Boost From Bill Gates, Vietnam’s Entrepreneurs Put Profits Into Philanthropy”

Sharing is not a strange idea for ordinary Vietnamese, but big-scale altruism is rare so far, given that serious wealth accumulation started in Vietnam only in the past two decades. This is an issue I've discussed with some of you over the years.  First, make money and lots of it, thanks to the economic reforms … Continue reading “With A Boost From Bill Gates, Vietnam’s Entrepreneurs Put Profits Into Philanthropy”