“International recruitment – The US eagle could soar again”

Photo: iStock I was intrigued by the title of this article, hoping it broke new ground. It didn't. The author trotted out the same tired old arguments in support of international students, including economic and political. These are some of the same arguments that activist international students have criticized because they are viewed primarily as … Continue reading “International recruitment – The US eagle could soar again”

Responses to Reporter’s Questions about US Presidential Election

Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) A reporter from one of Viet Nam's top media outlets asked me (and others) the following questions about the 3 November election. Below are my responses. Yes, I answered most of the questions indirectly. Guilty as charged, but all for a good cause, i.e., to shed more … Continue reading Responses to Reporter’s Questions about US Presidential Election

RE: Racist Aspects of the Recent DHS Proposed Rule to Eliminate F & J Visas Duration of Status (D/S)

Below is letter sent to one of the international education listservs of which I'm a member by a frequent contributor, Boston-based immigration attorney Richard L. Iandoli. (The italics are mine.) He mentions the three white nationalist musketeers. Drop them a line, if the spirit moves you. Stephen Miller, Senior Policy Adviser to the President and … Continue reading RE: Racist Aspects of the Recent DHS Proposed Rule to Eliminate F & J Visas Duration of Status (D/S)

9-11: The Day the Chickens Came Home to Roost

Photo by MAA (2019) I was sitting at my desk, cup of coffee in hand, when I heard the news and watched it on CNN. Some of my memories include the crisp late summer weather punctuated by a deep blue sky, the messages of concern from colleagues around the world that arrived in my inbox, … Continue reading 9-11: The Day the Chickens Came Home to Roost

Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

What a surprise. Here we have Keith Krach, one of Trump's .01% political appointees, lackeys, and cheerleaders grinding an anti-China ax. I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict that this 18 August 2020 letter will end up being so much pissing in the wind. I'm thinking trash folder, recycle bin, or … Continue reading Letter From Under Secretary Keith Krach to the Governing Boards of American Universities

Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

Photo: Alex Leung I was inspired by the story of Jasmine Cochran, a young African-American woman who has been teaching teaching English literature and language since 2016 to students aged 14 to 16 in China, where she lives with her husband and two children. It was serendipity that I came across a BBC profile of … Continue reading Racism in China (& Viet Nam) the Result of “Naivety & Ignorance”

“New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

The following "breaking news" bulletin issued by Ware Immigration, a well-known firm in the field that has been practicing immigration & nationality law since 1982, is the most spot-on characterization I've seen so far of the 6 July 2020 ICE (Student and Exchange Visitor Program/SEVP) ruling that Students attending schools operating entirely online may not … Continue reading “New ICE Policy Cuts Students, Schools Off at the Knees”

Meanwhile in America…

I couldn't help but crack a wry smile (think gallows humor) when this pop-up appeared on my screen. I had been reading with great sorrow and anger about the cold-blooded murder by blue of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and riots in Minneapolis and across the US. Meanwhile in America, as all hell breaks … Continue reading Meanwhile in America…

BLM, ALM, and “Minority White” in 2045

Montecruz Foto/Flickr You see, love is strong. Stronger than hate even. Love is the only thing that can kill hate, nothing else. You see, hate destroys and that's why love is stronger. It builds. ---Peter Abrahams, The Path of Thunder A white expat recently uttered this revealing statement: Apparently, if you say 'All lives matter' … Continue reading BLM, ALM, and “Minority White” in 2045

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…