Is Rang Dong fire vicinity really safe now?

Conflicting information about the aftermath of the recent Hanoi warehouse fire is causing confusion and uncertainty among the public, especially after authorities’ tardy response.

The problems with Vietnam's limited healthcare funding

The current healthcare system in Vietnam does not benefit the poor when it limits the fund that could aid them to get access to healthcare service.

Why Southeast Asia shouldn't worry about 'brain drain'

The brain drain is a myth that reduces skilled migration to a zero-sum game in which one country "gains" brain-power which is "drained" out of another.
September 08, 2019 | 09:25 am GMT+7

Beautiful churches from a distant north

Century-old churches in northern Vietnam are an attraction worth preserving.
September 06, 2019 | 02:08 pm GMT+7

Hanoi fire re-exposes major risk management shortcomings in Vietnam

Near Bien Hoa airport, I've met citizens anguished that they were not informed of dioxin dangers at the most contaminated spot in the world for 40 years.
September 04, 2019 | 10:45 am GMT+7

Patriotism: The tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost (1874-1963).
September 02, 2019 | 06:15 pm GMT+7

Saigon's waste management isn't working, and citizens are paying the price

The most ambitious waste management facility in Saigon never lived up to its expectations, but the damage it has done is increasingly evident.
August 29, 2019 | 02:43 pm GMT+7

Vietnam’s chronic disease: doctor shortage in remote areas

Rural Vietnam has seen doctors assigned duties completely outside their specialization, and even doing menial jobs like cleaning and guarding.
August 22, 2019 | 01:39 pm GMT+7

Neither insurance nor assurance: Vietnamese agriculture left in the lurch

Storms, floods, other disasters are not uncommon, but Vietnamese farmers can only lament: "Perhaps it’s just God’s plan."
August 15, 2019 | 01:18 pm GMT+7

Boy killed in school bus symptomatic of social apathy to child protection

A few days ago I took my child through the gates of a beautiful school for a new chapter in his life: first grade.
August 11, 2019 | 02:03 pm GMT+7

What the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has meant in 25 years

The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is an overarching framework for establishing legal order for the seas and oceans, promoting maritime development and cooperation.
August 10, 2019 | 01:11 pm GMT+7

Child’s death in a car is a reminder our human mind needs guidelines

The tragic recent death of a Hanoi schoolboy opens our eyes to the blind spots in the brain and memory. But proper protocols and guidelines can help minimize these inherent flaws.
August 08, 2019 | 10:18 am GMT+7

On fertile agricultural land, Vietnam’s shooting itself in the foot

Vietnam, a naturally agricultural country, has been unthinkingly destroying its arable land in chasing a skewed development vision.
August 06, 2019 | 03:00 pm GMT+7

Sidewalks and traffic: a false trade-off

When I was writing my book "Hanoi Promenade," I often wondered what makes the city so special, so attaching.
July 30, 2019 | 02:24 pm GMT+7

Vietnam should forget about high speed railway until 2030

An expensive high-speed railway is a nice dream, but let’s get real and build better roads between provinces first.
July 25, 2019 | 01:00 pm GMT+7
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