Overseas Vietnamese businessman launches “American dreams” book The Saigon Times Daily Writer Ly Thanh Phuong (C) at the launch ceremony - PHOTO: MINH TUAN HCMC - Overseas Vietnamese businessman and writer Ly Thanh Phuong has launched his new book entitled “American dreams” which tells stories about the life of his own and other overseas Vietnamese in the U.S. This is Phuong’s second book after “From Thoai Giang’s rivers” which hit the bookstore shelves in 2017 and received many good reviews from readers. While “From Thoai Giang’s rivers” brings readers to the peaceful life in the Mekong Delta where the author spent his childhood and teenhood. “American dreams” is a diary full of emotions of an overseas Vietnamese. “Over 30 years living, studying, doing business and seeing many ups and downs in the U.S., I have never given up my dreams. From my bare hands, I had done lots of work like … [Read more...] about Overseas Vietnamese businessman launches “American dreams” book
In particular, the executive order which temporarily bars immigrants and citizens from several countries with Muslim majorities from travelling to the US has become not only a hot topic for the US but has also raised questions for the world on the value of the “American dream” in the context of the new situation. In recent days, the US has continued to witness a fierce legal battle between the executive branch and the justice system regarding the temporary ban on certain entries to the US decreed by President Trump on January 27. President Trump has called for refugees to be denied entry into the US for 120 days, with refugees from Syria indefinitely prohibited, and for citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen—to be denied entry for 90 days. On February 7, a federal appeals court in San Francisco, California, conducted a hearing to consider whether to restore President Trump’s immigration order or … [Read more...] about Unsteady “American dream”
Applicants line up outside the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28. Photo by Tuan Anh If one were to take a tour around the premises of consulates in Ho Chi Minh City, one would easily notice that the United States Consulate always attracts the largest number of applicants, waiting from dawn in the longest queue of them all, just for an interview. Understandably, the recent reports on US visa scam (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130606-catching-up-with-the-vos.aspx) and (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130531-the-big-visa-scam.aspx), in which the former Head of Non-Immigrant Visa Department, Michael T. Sestak, secretly sold each visa for tens of thousand dollars, have sparked public outrage. But the fact remains that he would not be a successful visa salesman if there weren't many Vietnamese people willing to buy them at any cost. This raises a disturbing question: why are we Vietnamese so eager … [Read more...] about An American Dream or a Vietnamese mirage?
Aaron Joel Santos has lived in Hanoi for five years now. If five-and-a-half years ago someone had told him he would have ended up living in Vietnam, the American documentary and travel photographer says he would have laughed. He had been living out of his car for a few months, travelling across his country. He could not even have pointed out Vietnam on a map then. Yet, on a whim, he left for that very country. "I moved to Vietnam directly after attending photography school in Boston. "I thought I would live here for a few months, take some travel photos, and return to the US to start a photography career." But when has life followed the script? Santos ended up living and pursuing a photography career in Vietnam. "As we all know, literature majors end up waiting tables," he says tongue-in-cheek, referring to the US job market and his earlier literature and writing degree. Wait tables is what he did after graduation. He was also going to photography school … [Read more...] about Living the American Dream in Vietnam
Mitt Romney and newly minted running mate Paul Ryan will try to energize supporters in North Carolina Sunday after they hit the road on a bus tour across must-win US states, selling themselves as the duo who can "save the American dream." Fresh from a surprise early morning rollout of Romney's vice presidential pick in Norfolk, Virginia, the Republican pair struck out across the state pushing a policy of fiscal responsibility and savaging President Barack Obama as a job-killer bent on changing the country for the worse. … [Read more...] about Romney and Ryan head out to ‘save American dream’