Thank you for your service

Thank you for your service

Over the past decade or so, it has become quite the fashion, when people learn that I once served in the Marines, to say to me...

Russian tourists visit Hon Nhi Islet in Nha Trang.

The Russians have arrived!

I moved to Nha Trang permanently from the US over eight years ago and after the usual adjustment period...

Learning as a teacher in Vietnam

Learning as a teacher in Vietnam

If you have ever taught Vietnamese students, or discussed the special relationship between students and teachers in Vietnam...

No should never mean yes

Secretary of the Da Nang Communist Party Nguyen Ba Thanh is famous for his unconventional ideas, my...

It's a dog eat dog world

It's a dog eat dog world

Canines are big business in Vietnam and as the demand increases for dog meat (often sold at restaurants...

A worker collects garbage from the Hale Lake in Hanoi April 17. Photo: Reuters

Instinctual lawlessness?

I was once taken aside by a Vietnamese attorney who intimated to me, "It's all fine that law students study...

Visions of Bui Vien

Visions of Bui Vien

Nobody in Vietnam reacts well when I tell them I've been living in Pham Ngu Lao...