2019 Article Awarded 2nd Prize in Vietnam Competition

A 2019 article of mine entitled On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam (Người Mỹ tại Việt Nam) won a 2nd prize in the 2019 National External Information Service Awards competition, the results of which were announced earlier this week. The English and Vietnamese versions originally appeared in VNExpress International and VNExpress, … Continue reading 2019 Article Awarded 2nd Prize in Vietnam Competition

Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

Hot off the digital press, here is my latest essay. I kick it off with one of my favorite quotes from Senator Fulbright about international educational exchange: There is nothing obscure about the objectives of educational exchange. Its purpose is to acquaint Americans with the world as it is and to acquaint students and scholars … Continue reading Promoting Study in the USA in Trying Times

“Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the debate over whether authoritarian states are gaining the upper hand across the world. In contrast, democracies are showing capacity for innovation and adaptation. Seriously? When I first saw the title, I thought it was satire. It's downright Orwellian along the lines of war is peace and freedom is slavery. … Continue reading “Why Democracies Do Better at Surviving Pandemics”

The “Rotten Apple” at JHU

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:3 Tweet first, ask questions and discover the truth of the matter later, ideally. As I posted on LinkedIn about this Tweet from 10 June, "Pure, unadulterated bullshit. Steve Hanke, … Continue reading The “Rotten Apple” at JHU

Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

This is a 29.5.20 PIE News article for which I was interviewed. Below are my answers in their entirety. What role will agents play in the recovery from Covid-19? Obviously, because international travel will be limited for quite some time, institutions that partner with education agents will have to rely on them now more than … Continue reading Consolidation expected after Covid-19 agency business slump

Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

Most Americans -- even relatively sophisticated ones who read The New York Review of Books -- have little knowledge of Third World countries. There is a real need for books written by sensitive and insightful journalists about countries such as Vietnam. Sadly, what we get instead is the polemical tract Vietnam: Rising Dragon written by an ideologue with a … Continue reading Anti-Vietnam Bias in “The New York Review of Books”

VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19

Tác giả Mark Ashwill, Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19 Dịch: Ngô Mạnh Hùng Bạn không thể làm hài lòng tất cả mọi người, đặc biệt là những người luôn nỗ lực hết mình để tìm ra lỗi lầm ở một quốc gia nổi bật là một mô hình điển hình giữa đại dịch … Continue reading VIỆT NAM BỊ CHỈ TRÍCH VÌ CHIẾN THẮNG BƯỚC ĐẦU TRƯỚC COVID-19

Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Ranking the global impact of the coronavirus pandemic, country by country (21.5.20, Politico) Here's the essay-length version of this 15.5.20 blog post. Below are the first three paragraphs to whet your appetite for more (or not): You can’t please everyone, especially those who do their utmost to find fault with a country that has distinguished … Continue reading Vietnam Criticized for Its First-Round Victory Over COVID-19

Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”

As a regular commentator on Vietnam, and having written several articles on its Communist government’s Covid-19 response in recent months, I agree fully with (Bill) Hayton. -David Hutt, Asia Times Of course, he does. David (DH) and Bill (BH) are two peas in a pod when it comes to Viet Nam. They're not only "peas … Continue reading Some Thoughts on “Some thoughts on Vietnam’s Covid-19 repression”