Missing in Action

This poem was sent to me by Gabriel Rosenstock, who lives in Dublin. It's based on a recent essay of mine entitled Of Class Rings, Bone Fragments and Fish Ponds: the Interminable Search for US MIAs in Vietnam published on 21 May 2021 by CounterPunch. Look below for information about Gabriel and his work, including … Continue reading Missing in Action

Marianapolis Preparatory School Establishes Branch Campus in Viet Nam

An artist's rendering of the school. Courtesy of NH Group. I believe this is the first example of a US boarding school setting up a branch campus in Viet Nam. Marianapolis Preparatory School, a Catholic boarding school in Thompson, Connecticut, has forged a partnership with Nguyen Hoang Group to establish the SNA Marianapolis International School. … Continue reading Marianapolis Preparatory School Establishes Branch Campus in Viet Nam

“PhD Production Plan: Will Project 89 Go a New Way?”

Ph.D. diploma. Image courtesy of VietNamNet Global A question and a suggestion. 1) Why does Viet Nam need so many new Ph.D.s? It's a research degree. Many faculty positions focus almost exclusively on teaching undergraduates. In those cases and in most fields, a Master's degree will suffice. A Ph.D. is only necessary if the individual … Continue reading “PhD Production Plan: Will Project 89 Go a New Way?”

Viet Nam Ranks 5th Among US-Bound International Students

As of March 2021, the US hosted 24,534 Vietnamese students, down from 25,221 in December 2020 and 25,824 in September 2020. The number in January 2020, the second semester and the month that COVID-19 arrived in Viet Nam, was 29,976. Those are decreases of 13.85%, 2.34%, and 2.72% - in ascending chronological order. The total … Continue reading Viet Nam Ranks 5th Among US-Bound International Students

Miracles in Our Midst: It’s Giant Crape Myrtle Time!

Looking down on the trees in question. Photo taken on 6 May 2021 by MAA. I have felt a connection to trees and plants, a reverence for all living beings, truth be told, since my first memories. I am also prone to making a note of everything in my surroundings, ranging from the good and … Continue reading Miracles in Our Midst: It’s Giant Crape Myrtle Time!

“Deported by Biden: a Vietnamese refugee separated from his family after decades in US”

Tien Pham, 38, who fled violence in Vietnam as a child, was sent back to an unfamiliar country due to teenage conviction: ‘America is my home’ Image courtesy of The Guardian This 3 May 2021 Guardian article jumped off my screen. This poor guy goes from one frying pan into another. It reminded me the … Continue reading “Deported by Biden: a Vietnamese refugee separated from his family after decades in US”

The Environment as Communal Trash Can

As seen recently in Hanoi traffic. Last cigarette. What to do with the empty pack? Toss it out the window, of course. Aside from being a crime against nature, littering, including cigarette butts, is against the law in Viet Nam, but it's rarely, if ever, enforced. (Check out this March 2021 post about smoking in … Continue reading The Environment as Communal Trash Can

Happy Reunification Day! Chúc Mừng Ngày Thống Nhất!

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the end of the US War in Viet Nam, I would like to repost this article from 30 April 2020 A Letter From Viet Nam on the Occasion of the 45th Anniversary of the End of the War that was published by CounterPunch. Follow this link to … Continue reading Happy Reunification Day! Chúc Mừng Ngày Thống Nhất!