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D Hideo Maruyama
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Trump America vs Hanoi or Bangkok
Well, it is well after the elections.  I'll be traveling to SE Asia to see how Vietnam celebrates the Tet Holidays.  This should be interesting given the context of what has occurred in America.  As of this post, Donald Trump has captured the Office of the ...
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Thai King has passed
The longest reigning king in the world had passed about 7 days ago.  The mourning period in Thailand will be long and extensive.  The King's portrait is always displayed prominently in any Thai household, and you will often see it in LA's Thaitown. Some key...
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Obama visits Vietnam
This is a significant event in terms of the relations between these two countries.  This speech had some clearly researched nuances that a Vietnamese would pick up on. He met with the younger generation in Vietnam, who were born largely after the conflict e...
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SE Asia, Labor movement and Trafficking/Population Migrations and Women.
Having come to this part of the world for several years now, I'm getting a better picture of the complexities of Thailand and to a certain extent Vietnam, Cambodia, Burma and Laos. The last two are next on my travel bucket list. The migration patterns in th...
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Bangkok's public transportation
Bangkok transit system. If you strategically set it up, you can get around pretty easy in BK. Huay Kwang is actually pretty centrally located, and I am within easy walking distance to the MRT (Subway station) 10 to 15 minutes. There are pharmacies and 7/1...
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Cost comparisons
Cost of living comparisons.  BK versus LA. It's strange when you look at your budget, and it was cheaper to be on vacation than to have stayed at home in LA.  Generally, food and operational costs are very high in LA.  You can pretty much guarantee that you...
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NY Times OP-Ed piece by Viet Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize Winner.  Bob Kerrey is going to become the head of the Fulbright University Vietnam.  This has a number of ramifications.   Viet Nguyen notes in his piece that Kerry was involved in basically a war crime ....
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President Obama in Vietnam
President Obama visited Vietnam, and it was one of the most important trips that he has conducted.  If you check out his speech, he cites many Vietnamese legends, and it was well researched. He even got into a discussion with VN Rapper, Suboi about the Arts...
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US Secretary of State Kerry in Vietnam 2015
The warming of relations between Vietnam and the USA is getting much more obvious.  F ormer Vietnam Vet, John Kerry is now in Vietnam .  The fact that Kerry is a Veteran of the Vietnam War can not be underestimated here.   Vietnam's Nguyen Phu Trong's visit...
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CNET's article on Vietnam Tech
CNET posted a report on Vietnam largely beginning with the success of the App game, Flappy Bird .   The article states: Over the past decade, Vietnam has expanded beyond its traditional textiles and coffee businesses to  become a big player in the electroni...
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