One of the benefits of living in a tropical country are the dramatic summer thunderstorms, sometimes with only a few drops of rain. This is what I witnessed on a recent evening in Hanoi. I heard the thunder off in the distance and went outside to enjoy the show. It's what's known as heat lightning. … Continue reading A Storm Without Rain
As seen at a Mega Market store in Hanoi. I always chuckle when I see these signs promoting "safe" vegetables or whatever not because food hygiene is a laughing matter but because grocery stores use it as a selling point. Presumably, safe means the growers haven't overused pesticides, a problem in Viet Nam and other … Continue reading Safe Vegetables!
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
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
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?”
Photograph Source: U.S. Information Agency – Public Domain If the US stopped waging imperial wars, there would be no POWs or MIAs, fewer broken hearts, and fewer shattered nations. -MAA Here's my latest essay for CounterPunch. Shalom (שלום), MAA
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
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!
Here's my latest essay for University World News. Shalom (שלום), MAA
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”