“The past is never dead. It's not even past." (from Requiem for a Nun by William Faulkner) Sadly, the "flag issue" is very much alive at many educational institutions, especially those with nearby Vietnamese immigrant communities. If you're intrigued by the title and/or introduction below, follow this link to read the article. I include advice … Continue reading Playing Geopolitical Whack-a-Mole: The Viet Nam Flag Issue Revisited
Here's my latest University World News essay from 18 January 2020. (NOTE: Editor's title.) The original working title was Nationalism Rears Its Ugly Head in the Tumultuous World of US International Education, which is descriptive but too long. 🙂 If the title or introduction below whets your appetite for more, follow this link Closeup of … Continue reading "Why constructive criticism of the US is not anti-American"
I've always found it ironic that a certain percentage of emails sent from Viet Nam to other countries end up in colleagues' SPAM folders because of the security settings of their institutions' servers. The irony lies in the fact that Viet Nam does not rank among the top 10 "worst enabling Spam countries" in the … Continue reading Of SPAM, Viet Nam, & the World
The Vietnamese government, i.e., the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), has become increasingly sophisticated regarding the establishment of foreign campuses in Viet Nam. Reprinted below is an English translation of the text of Decree 99, courtesy of Tilleke & Gibbins, which will take effect next month. Shalom (שלום), MAA On December 30, 2019, the government … Continue reading Decree 99 Provides Guidance on Higher Education in Vietnam
In the spirit of digital minimalism, my presence on social media is limited. In addition to LinkedIn, which I visit occasionally to mine the occasional nugget of gold in the midst of a vast expanse of ore, I have a Facebook account for my work (sorry, no pics of my latest restaurant meal!) and this … Continue reading The New & Improved IEVN Blog
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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"