Tag Archives: Vietnam

Vietnam’s Tech Futurists Lay Out Economic Alternatives

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Nations racing to develop 5G technology that is fast enough to power the next stage of innovation range from South Korea to Finland, but a young contender wants to jump into the game: Vietnam. The Southeast Asian country announced with much fanfare this month that a test of fifth generation […]

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Southeast Asian Opening for Asia Contemporary Art Week

New York, N.Y.  On view at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea, NYC: Cutting-edge work by emerging and established artists from Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Ten innovative artists use photography, video, painting and installation to articulate their experiences navigating the complex social, historical and political legacies of their respective communities. A catalog […]

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Kerry: After Healing, U.S., Vietnam Entering New Era

Hanoi, Vietnam.  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the healing that has taken place between the U.S. and Vietnam took awhile and “didn’t come easy for either side.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, flanked by U.S. Ambassador David Shear, greets Vietnamese government officials upon his arrival in Ho Chi Minh City on December […]

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In Vietnam: U.N., IKEA Join Forces for Sustainable Forest Management

New York, N.Y.  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has teamed up with big-box retailer IKEA to launch a new initiative aimed at promoting the sustainable management of forest plantations and empowering forest-reliant communities in Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Giulio Napolitano. The joint effort – rolled out earlier this morning with the signing of […]

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In Vietnam: Youth Group Steps in to Provide Sex Education

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  Don’t expect to see teachers demonstrating condom use with bananas or cucumbers during a sex education class in Vietnam. Teachers avoid the subject of sexuality as much as possible, eschewing the practical for the minimal. If students get any instruction on the topic at all, it’s usually folded into a […]

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Vietcong General Giap: David Who Defeated Modern-Day Goliath

New York, N.Y.  You have to search hard to find a foreign general whose death makes it into the top stories in the U.S. media. Vo Nguyen Giap died recently. He made the list. Giap was the genius who defeated the U.S. in Vietnam. Knowing that history might—might— help the U.S. avoid similar such defeats […]

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Ambassador: From the Killing Fields to the White House

New York, N.Y.  I first met Ambassador Sichan Siv in 2004 when I was invited to hear him speak at the imposing Women’s Republican National Club, just north of Rockefeller Center. What a speech!  He spoke on surviving Pol Pot’s Killing Fields in Cambodia, then making his way to America where he earned a degree […]

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Vietnamese-American Pianist Chau Giang Nguyen Plays Carnegie Hall, Helps Children

New York, N.Y.  I recently had lunch in the beautiful home of my friend, the glamorous and generous Vietnamese-American pianist Chau Giang Thi Nguyen.  She is interested in building a program in Vietnam to teach impoverished and orphaned children classical music as a way of giving them culture, discipline and a path out of poverty.   “What inspires and […]

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Himalayan Sessions compiles contemplative compositions by world music icons to donate instruments to underprivileged kids

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In Himalayas: Once Greater Tibet, Now Tragically Divided

Himalayas: From India/Pakistan to Bhutan & Nepal + Chinese Tibet