'Not natural friends': Trump, Xi will be 'odd couple' at first summit

"The question is when Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ hits Xi’s ‘Chinese Dream’, what’s the result?”
By     April 3, 2017 | 05:14 pm PT

Op-ed: Trump's brave new world of Twitter diplomacy

When it comes to managing relations with China, Donald Trump is tearing up the rulebook.
By     December 5, 2016 | 06:06 pm PT

Why can't Central Highland ethnic minorities seem to escape poverty?

Le Giang Lam, an economics graduate from University of Cambridge, UK, argues that the Central Highland ethnic minorities' concept of poverty might be fundamentally different from ours.
By Le Giang Lam        April 19, 2016 | 09:26 am PT

Smoking out education reform

Sir Walter Raleigh, the much celebrated English adventurer, poet and navigator, "discovered" both tobacco and potatoes in Americas in the late 1580s and brought them back to England. Raleigh helped to make smoking popular. It is even said that he persuaded Queen Elizabeth I to take her first puff, although it’s not clear whether she inhaled. 
By Arran Hamilton        April 12, 2016 | 08:42 pm PT

Acid attacks and lifelong scars

Punishment by law can never make up for the lifelong anguish the victims of acid attacks suffer.
By Gia Hien        April 8, 2016 | 07:57 pm PT

Overseas students: return home or not?

The fact that many Vietnamese students decide to stay in foreign countries where they have studied rather than return home has aroused controversy among Vietnamese people.
By Ha Hong Viet        April 7, 2016 | 02:05 am PT

An Englishman in Hanoi: Love at first sight

"I can’t say what made me fall in love with Vietnam - that a woman’s voice can drug you; that everything is so intense. The colours, the taste, even the rain. Nothing like the filthy rain in London. They say whatever you’re looking for, you will find here. They say you come to Vietnam and you understand a lot in a few minutes, but the rest has got to be lived." - Graham Greene, The Quiet American.
By Grant Riley        April 3, 2016 | 08:01 pm PT

Everyone has a role in fighting corruption

Reading Luong Hoai Nam’s “My haunted mind on greed and corruption, even when life improves” in VN Express International (18 March 2016) brought my mind to neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. 
By Wisnu Hangoro        March 27, 2016 | 04:54 pm PT

What is the purpose of an 'authentic education'

Due to the ambiguity and complexity of the Vietnamese language, I had to use the word 'authentic'  to describe what would otherwise be referred to as a high quality education.
By Luong Hoai Nam         March 24, 2016 | 12:34 am PT

Education authorities resistant to change

The proposal for general education reform put forward by the Ministry of Education and Training contains few significant changes.
By Luong Hoai Nam         March 20, 2016 | 04:14 am PT

My haunted mind on greed and corruption, even when life improves

A scene in which I saw scores of people in Hanoi looting household goods from a truck 30 years ago made me doubt the honesty and kindness that I thought existed.
By Luong Hoai Nam         March 18, 2016 | 01:26 am PT

Crime and punishment in Vietnam: a reflection

2015 witnessed a surge in media coverage of single and serial homicide offences throughout Vietnam. Whether this is reflective of increasing crime rates and a less stable society needs to be answered by actual data rather than speculation.
By Dang Nguyen        February 24, 2016 | 02:02 am PT
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