City Diary

Phong Nha Park – the next big thing? (Part 1) Giant caves, lush valleys, King Kong-esque mountains and some of the best scenery in Vietnam – what’s not to like about Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park?
    Proposed ban on late liquor sale sparks controversy among expats in Vietnam Published: 07/21/2014 15:05 There is debate brewing among expats in Vietnam over the recent proposed prohibition on the sale of liquor between 10:00 pm and 6:00 am the following day
    Having a pet in Vietnam Published: 07/20/2014 21:03 So we were having a discussion about pets in class. One brave student mentioned that she had just bought a hedgehog. My students were stunned, what’s a hedgehog?
    Vietnam’s LGBT movement lacks feminist agenda: research Published: 07/14/2014 10:27 There has been lots of media attention the past few years regarding LGBT rights issues that have come to the forefront such as the possibility of legalization of same-sex marriage in Vietnam
    The door into summer Published: 07/12/2014 12:03 Every so often I get asked by locals, “Stivi, why do you stay in Vietnam?” It happens so frequently that I wonder if they just want to hear, “Because it’s great!” Well, we do know and love our little slice of Vietnamese heaven, don’t we?
    Which is beautiful? Soccer, football or baseball? Published: 07/07/2014 20:47 Only in the USA (and Canada) does the word “football” conjure a rather violent sport involving an oblong ball and heavily padded hulks colliding with great purpose and force. That’s football, American style – not to be confused with Latin America’s futbol or European football
    Is Vietnam open for business? Published: 06/29/2014 17:06 This nation seriously needs foreign help, assistance, training, teaching and investment so how difficult should it be to welcome and invite foreigners to help lift the nation towards its goals of industrialization, modernization and posterity?
    Saying ‘yes’, ‘no’ the Vietnamese way Published: 06/15/2014 17:31 The first word I learnt in Vietnam was ‘khong.’ You say it nearly the same as the huge gorilla’s last name, ‘King Kong’
    The Vietnamese academic warriors in territorial dispute with China Published: 06/12/2014 19:44 Vietnamese Sino characters inside a circle at the bottom of one page signify that Hoang Sa is part of Vietnam

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