A View from Vietnam

Life in Vietnam from an American expatriate's perspective

A View from Vietnam

Message from Da Nang

 

Greetings from Vietnam! In the immortal words of Mick Jagger: Please allow me to introduce myself! I am a physical therapist and failed subsistence farmer from America. In this new blog, I'd like to share with you some hard-won...

Another Letter from Vietnam

 

Well, let's start out here with a quote by that noted American sage, Donald Rumsfeld: There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know...

Hunger and Poverty, Up Close and Personal

 

It's very, very hard for well-fed Westerners to get their heads around the reality of malnutrition and starvation. Seriously malnourished and starving people do not rise up and revolt. They lie down and seriously consider whether they can afford...

Stone Soup

 

Let's play "What do we know?" 1) We know that sudden, catastrophic collapse is imminent. 2) We know that, right now, virtually no one in our respective locations is open to the idea of discussing this, let alone preparing...

In Praise of Motorbikes

 

Vietnam was and is a nation that travels predominantly on two wheels. Uncle Ho's supply chain, consisting of tough human beings propelling supply-laden bicycles, proved equal to the challenge of defeating the US, whose petroleum-powered network of supply lines...

Learning From Experience

 

So, here I am, some 17 years after I last plowed and harrowed a field in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia behind a marginally trained Quarter Horse in harness, and some 25 years after last hand-spading an expansive garden...

Laundry Time

 

Let's talk about laundry! It seems to me that those collapse-conscious folks who don't ignore the topic of laundry either anticipate a grueling regime of boiling clothes with home-made lye soap, beating clothes on a rock in a stream, or...

Steady Footsteps

 

While health care technology in Vietnam has rocketed into the 21st century in Vietnam with cardiac bypass surgery, total hip replacements and in-vitro fertilization available now to those who can afford it, physical rehabilitation remains stuck somewhere in the 1950s....

Art with Heart

 

You can enjoy the beauty of Vietnam and impact lives in Vietnam in a positive way without even leaving your home--or your computer, for that matter. The Da Nang Artists Company was created to give folks an opportunity to support...

Surfing in Vietnam

 

The longest and most beautiful beach in all of Southeast Asia stretches from Da Nang's Son Tra Pennisula to the tourist town of Hoi An. This twenty mile (30km) long white sandy beach was the site of the famous China...

How to Grow Bean Sprouts the Vietnamese Way

 

Growing bean sprouts can afford you the benefits of fresh produce in four or five days at any time of the year, in any climate, and requires neither sunlight nor soil. This technique produces large quantities of ready-to eat...