Balancing Solidarity & Individualism in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: a View from Vietnam

Image courtesy of Zing By contrast, Vietnam is well-positioned with a younger generation that is more individualistic than that of its parents because of their country’s integration into the global community, the Internet, and the fact that they are growing up in a time of peace with no (physical) external enemies, yet still possesses a … Continue reading Balancing Solidarity & Individualism in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond: a View from Vietnam

ĐOÀN KẾT VÀ TRÁI ĐẮNG CỦA CHỦ NGHĨA CÁ NHÂN

Image courtesy of Zing News Hành động phản đối đeo khẩu trang vô cùng phi lý cho thấy chủ nghĩa cá nhân siêu đẳng đang ngự trị ở Mỹ, nơi các quyền cá nhân thường được đề cao hơn quyền lợi của cộng đồng. Một đồng nghiệp Việt Nam gần đây hỏi tôi về vấn … Continue reading ĐOÀN KẾT VÀ TRÁI ĐẮNG CỦA CHỦ NGHĨA CÁ NHÂN

Working for The Man

NOTE: And on a lighter note... (Just kidding!) This post has absolutely nothing to do with international education or Viet Nam. It's about just one of the many things that's wrong with the US economy, meaning the entire society - back in the day and now more than ever. The following vignettes were learning experiences … Continue reading Working for The Man

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…

Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”

Below is a sampling of my favorite comments - in no particular order - in response to my 30 April 2020 CounterPunch essay entitled A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War. Most are from Facebook and Twitter; some are comments posted here and sent … Continue reading Comments in Response to “A Letter from Vietnam…”

Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

This is a slightly updated Vietnamese version of View From Vietnam: COVID-19 Reminds the World That Trump Has No Clothes (17.4.20). Emperor Trump has no clothes (David Horsey/LA Times) Nhân vật chính trong câu chuyện cổ tích nổi tiếng của nhà văn người Đan Mạch thế kỷ 19, Hans Christian Andersen, có rất nhiều điểm … Continue reading Góc Nhìn Từ Việt Nam: COVID – 19 Nhắc nhở Thế giới rằng Trump chỉ là “Hoàng đế Cởi truồng”

Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

I rarely respond to Facebook or LinkedIn comments. My view is that whatever I have to say of substance I'll say in a blog post, essay, or interview. There are times, however, when I'm willing to make an exception. This comment by "TS" was one of them. It was in response to an Atlantic article … Continue reading Criticism of the US as Anti-American?

Return to the US? From the Food Warmer Into the Fire

The US Embassy in Hanoi recently started sending me and other US expats in Viet Nam whose email addresses happen to be on file daily updates with the subject line: Health and Travel Alert. I was struck by this "reminder" in the 3 April edition: On March 31, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo … Continue reading Return to the US? From the Food Warmer Into the Fire