A Shoutout To My Vietnam Vet Brother

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A Veteran's Story

At the end of the workday yesterday, my coworkers and I had a brief conversation about Veterans Day.  Actually, it was barely a conversation and more, "Oh, Veterans Day is tomorrow.  Why don’t we have off for that?"I told everyone that my father was in Vietnam, and got the same reaction I often do when I tell people this:  "Wow, really????"So of course I HAD to show them this photo (one of my faves):...more

Lives saved in Viet Nam by involving women in disaster planning

Cross-posted from UN Women Through the training of women in disaster management, as well as national lobbying, the contribution of women has been recognized and a government decree now gives the Women’s Union an official space in decision-making bodies. ...more

Hanoi – Of Sights & Tranquility

Streets of Hanoi

What's it like to walk the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam? Hmmm...how to begin to describe this frightening, wonderfully unique place.   First, the people are as friendly and helpful as the scooters are plentiful.  The scene here is so different from Shanghai, where we live now.  There are hardly any luxury stores or cars here yet the average citizen seems to live well and be very happy.  Though we got a few hard stares from the older guys, in general we were accepted and welcomed with open arms. ...more

A Beautiful Day In Hanoi, Vietnam

It was lovely to see the ladies dancing in Vietnam just like they do in China.  They had their loud speakers going and were working it!  Our only day to enjoy Hanoi, we decided to  walk around Hoan Kiem Lake today and enjoyed the warm weather.  This lake is in the heart of the Old Quarter in Hanoi and seems to be enjoyed by all the locals.  From the lovely pagoda in the middle of the lake to the bridge over to an island,  the flowers were blooming everywhere.  This is the one public space we have seen in Vietnam that is in good repair and maintenance. ...more

Good Evening, Vietnam!

Holy.  Hell.  We landed in Hanoi and immediately inhaled a smell that made a lasting impression and not in a good way.  The humid hot air enveloped us as we climbed into the car for a long ride to the hotel, Calypso Grand, in the Old Quarter.  In the darkness, I could make out very rundown French style buildings yet could see big screen TV's in many apartments.  The billboards screamed technology--Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, etc....more

Travel Adventures in Vietnam

"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
Great Pictures. I've always want to go there. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go even ...more

A debut novel that explores family and fate

Earlier this month, I was delighted to see my mailbox at work contained an advance reading copy of a book due to be published in March 2012. I perked up right away, seeing the author was Aimee Phan, whom I'd recruited to The Oregonian in 2000 as a summer intern. ...more