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andrew-q-lam's picture
Apr.28.2013
Mẹ Việt Nam ơi, Chúng Con Vẫn Còn đây (Oh Mother Vietnam, We Are Still Here) The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.14.2012
If Mo Yan had chosen to live in a swanky hideout in the nowhere space offered as asylum, there would be much jubilation over his being awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Instead, he lives in China, was educated in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) school. He is the bad guy, not...
andrew-q-lam's picture
May.01.2012
  A General Remembers - Setting the Record Straight on South Vietnam    Editor's Note: Born in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy land-owning family, Thi Quang Lam spent 25 years in the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant general by the time the Vietnam war ended. In Vietnam...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Aug.29.2011
The east is awash in Irene and earthquakes, and commentators everywhere are noticing how utterly shook up the world order also seems to be. Here's Tom Friedman in the New York Times: [T]he European Union is cracking up. The Arab world is cracking up. China’s growth model is under pressure and...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Apr.15.2011
Some people are always expecting or hoping for a war. They’re even working towards that end. When you live in the Middle East, you come to such a realization eventually.Most people are like me, however. The wars sneak up on them. They notice the signs, then they bury them because they think they’re...
dale-estey's picture
Feb.14.2011
Yes, I'm about to commence my second "international" thriller and I would love to have a place for London in it. Talk about your history of spies (thanks, in part, to my favourite John le Carré), connections to NATO, and all round spiffy place. And I bet Louie-the-Dog would have a grand...
anastasia-m-ashman's picture
Jan.18.2010
Last week I was honored to be included in a group of Cross-cultural and International Bloggers to Watch in 2010. This week as the guest curator  in a review series at SheWrites, I'm pleased to note a few fellow expat bloggers. Members of the Ning network's blogging group can read it here. I'm drawn...
farzana-versey's picture
Oct.10.2009
Herta Muellar is not going to cringe with defeat and anger, but until October 8 I had not heard about her. In the knowledge stakes that makes me ignorant without the accompanying bliss. There are two sides to the Nobel Prize for Literature coin. It either goes for straight the straight or the...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.04.2009
US-based Indian designer Anand Jon has been sentenced to 59 years for sex crimes. He kept a conquest diary. He recorded in detail what he had done and to whom. The girls were said to be as young as 14; his abusive streak started in 2001. This picture was taken during the New York Fashion Week in...
julia-stein's picture
Feb.03.2009
Nadeem Aslem’s 2004 novel "Maps for Lost Lovers" is an extraordinarily book. Aslam, a Pakistani English writer, is similar to Joyce in his amazing use of the English language, his obsession with exile, and his concerns with lovers suffering from society’s repression. Aslam was born in...