Monthly Archives: May 2010

Culture of Corruption, Part 1


Chiang Mai, THAILAND Having grown up in the United States, a country that prides itself on democratic ideals, the best educational centers in the world, and its high degree of government transparency, I have been fascinated by the opposite end … Continue reading

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Is Thailand an Exception or an Unsettling Precedent for Military Crackdown Against Street Demonstrations?


Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM What ultimately sets Thailand apart or folds it into the norm of Southeast Asia’s all too familiar past with the violent quelling of popular uprisings is the relationship between Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s parliamentary democracy … Continue reading

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Beyond Chinglish


Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM If I may, I’d like to begin this blog on a somewhat superficial note. This entry has been in part inspired by the recent NY Times Op-Ed piece written by Andrew Jacobs, titled “Shanghai Is … Continue reading

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