"Bad rap haunts Vietnam despite tourism boom"

I was interviewed for this 31.12.19 VNExpress International article by Quy Nguyen about some challenges facing the tourism industry in Viet Nam. Below is the entire interview. The phrase "bad rap" indicates that the reputation is undeserved when, in fact, these are all legitimate and, in some cases, critical issues. As an expat living in … Continue reading "Bad rap haunts Vietnam despite tourism boom"

2019: A Year to Remember

Dear Friends, Colleagues, & Followers, The title of this post has a mostly positive connotation. Yes, these are challenging times in the fields of international education in general and international student recruitment in particular, for some countries more than others because of sociopolitical changes. The good news is that there is still tremendous interest in … Continue reading 2019: A Year to Remember

British American Tobacco (BAT) Academy

While checking out my LinkedIn account recently, I stumbled upon a video produced by British American Tobacco (BAT).  It was about a trip to London for 140 employees from more than 40 countries, including Viet Nam.  Keep in mind that this is a country in which nearly 50% of all men smoke and growing numbers … Continue reading British American Tobacco (BAT) Academy

Season’s Greetings from MAA & Capstone Vietnam!

Dear Friends & Colleagues, Wishing all of you and your families a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with peace, love and happiness! While Viet Nam is predominantly a Buddhist country, there are Christmas trees and decorations everywhere and many people get in the holiday spirit. This includes thousands of people milling around … Continue reading Season’s Greetings from MAA & Capstone Vietnam!

Agent Orange, Exposed: How U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam Unleashed a Slow-Moving Disaster

More than 10 years of U.S. chemical warfare in Vietnam exposed an estimated 2.1 to 4.8 million Vietnamese people to Agent Orange. More than 40 years on, the impact on their health has been staggering. Yes, this article is from 2017 but is still making the rounds and the damage wrought by this war legacy … Continue reading Agent Orange, Exposed: How U.S. Chemical Warfare in Vietnam Unleashed a Slow-Moving Disaster

My Starbucks Story: Made in Viet Nam

During my first year or so in Viet Nam, i.e., I emailed Howard Schultz, then CEO of Starbucks.  I noticed that a number of coffee chains, including Trung Nguyen and Highlands, were charging Starbucks' prices for coffee drinks, snacks, etc.  These cafes attracted Vietnamese of means who could easily afford a few dollars for a … Continue reading My Starbucks Story: Made in Viet Nam

The Importance of Showing International Applicants THE LOVE

Once upon a time, there was a Vietnamese transfer student in the US who was planning to attend one  university and ended up accepting an offer from another.  Here are the main reasons:     1.  The other school has better communication with students, including sending them a note on their birthday and more frequent updates.   … Continue reading The Importance of Showing International Applicants THE LOVE