· August, 2005

Stories about Vietnam from August, 2005

Vietnam: English blooming

31 August 2005

Vietnam is discarding its Francophone past. English is the language of business and travel in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City now. Every child is now taught English from the time they start school, while schools teaching English to adults are everywhere. Via Richard McKinnon.

Japan: Labour pains

  24 August 2005

Japan is not a place where fathers are readily allowed to attend the birth of their children. In fact, recounts Cottontimer, it is against many hospitals’ policies to allow husbands to be with their wives during labor and delivery. On the other hand, due to work culture in Japan, husbands...

Vietnam: More TV stations

22 August 2005

Viet Nam Television (VTV) will have eight channels by 2010, and broadcasting time will be increased to 168.5 hours per day, with 80% of total broadcasting time devoted to in-house programmes, reports Vietnamese journalist-blogger Le Quoc Minh. His weblog, Vietnam-journalism, provides insight into journalism in Vietnam including ‘personal stories by...

Vietnam: Enduring culture

22 August 2005

Vietnamese God is a Hanoi-based Vietnamese who blogs in excellent English and superb photos. Working in the tourism industry, he has grown used to people who choose Wild Rice for the last meal before leaving Hanoi. Recently, he sent off some guests and welcomed new ones. He tells nice pictorial...

Vietnam: Cottontimer

19 August 2005

Cottontimer is a Chinese-American who keeps two blogs to occupy her hours as full-time mum in Vietnam – one on her daily life call Cotton Picking Days (read: MSG poisoning), and the other on genetics and public health. She's a former PhD epidemiologist.

Vietnam: See you all on the flip side

17 August 2005

‘See you all on the flip side’. That's the parting shot from Vietnamese blogger, Toi La Nguoi. She (?) was forced to remove her blog in July because… “someone within my extended family has been relaying things he's read, in a very distorted fashion, to other members of my family....