SHARE Monday, December 9, 2019 Corpses in Ocean
During the boat people era, corpses routinely washed up on Vung Tau beaches, for it was near suicide to escape on an unseaworthy vessel, but such was their desperation. Though every local past a certain age remembers this horror, it's recorded in no history book, so what else is new?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2019 Chinese Rebels
A great irony of colonialism is that many of the colonized nations have managed to stay more coherent, intact and true to themselves than the colonizers, so that seven decades after the Indians kicked out the Brits, for example, India is still essentially India, if not more so, while England has become relentlessly less English.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 26, 2019 Jack London?
As writer or thinker, Jack London can't touch George Orwell, but he's nearly the Brit's equal when it comes to describing society's bottom. To both, being a writer is as much a physical as an intellectual endeavor. Wading into everything, they braved all discomforts and dangers.
SHARE Friday, September 13, 2019 Quotidian Sweat
There is a dearth of writing about work, its variety, tedium and grind. This is understandable, since most writers have devoted much of their time to writing and reading, and not painting houses, cleaning toilets, washing dishes, planting crops or performing mind numbingly monotonous tasks on an assembly line, etc.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Christian to Death
With its eschatological Bible, the West is constantly haunted by its death and hypothetical rebirth. Its apocalyptic imagination is unmatched.
SHARE Saturday, July 13, 2019 Surviving Vietnam, Listing America and Jeffrey Epstein's Bestest Friends
A besieged or even paranoid nation stands a much better chance of survival than an oblivious one. Though America has been fighting war nearly nonstop since its founding, much of this serial bloodshed has taken place overseas, so American civilians have generally assumed they could cruise through life without any exposure to bombing, mortar rounds, car bombs, enemy tanks, sudden mass incarceration or fleeing for one's life.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 28, 2019 American Echoes
If you're lucky, you'll get to live out your days without arrest, disgrace or the permanent dissolution of your social armature. Nations, too, have plenty in their catacombs.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 17, 2019 Reading Malaysia
With almost no natural resources besides its Chinese majority, Singapore has still outperformed Malaysia economically, but that doesn't mean it's a more pleasant place to be. For all of its problems, including institutionalized racism, Malaysia is still a very charming place, with enough fabled history to anchor and season its abundant beauty.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 12, 2019 Escape from America: Mexico
In Mexico I met people whom I could not have met in the U.S, Mexicans who had zero interest in going to the U.S and some who had gone to the U.S and disliked it and never wanted to go again.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 21, 2019 Frontiersmen vs. Wusses
Vietnam is still far behind the West in the flight from nature and against it, but this is to its advantage, I believe, for its people still retain the essentials to endure whatever comes next.
SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2019 The Mekong Retains, Erases
With its canals, creeks, swamps and, of course, nine branches of the eponymous river, the Mekong Delta is dominated by waterways, and on these, there often float duckweeds. Adrift, tossed about by currents, unable to determine their destination and essentially homeless, these duckweeds symbolize men in many Vietnamese poems, songs and sayings.
SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 Escape from America: Dedovsk, Russia
In the latest entry of my Escape from America series, I interview an American who's living in Russia, a country that's been relentlessly demonized by the Western media. To a minority of Americans, however, Russia is a nationalist beacon, or even a possible refuge, as it already is to many Afrikaners.
SHARE Sunday, February 24, 2019 Monkeys
Marx is a false god, conclude most Vietnamese, so now you can drive hundreds of miles here without encountering his bearded face once, but everywhere, temples and churches are being built, and statues of Guanyin, Jesus and the Virgin Mary front millions of homes. Vietnamese breathe easier because the state no longer micro manages their lives or, worse, try to control their every thought. Surely, that's the worst evil.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 9, 2019 Years of the Pigs
To have pigs supplant men as the best hope of mankind is the sickest historical joke ever, and it's far from over. Instead of piggy banks, we have pig banksters. Who are our biggest pigs, and what should we do about them?
SHARE Monday, February 4, 2019 Royal Decrees Must Yield to Village Norms
The main aim of modernism was to wrench you from your context, as in family, village and nation, and with those mostly accomplished, postmodernism's purpose is to divorce you from yourself even. The centuries-long war against reality began as a campaign against the lower body, where nature is most frank, gaping and unruly.
SHARE Monday, January 14, 2019 Whatever Your Hands Find to Do
Unlike the Vietnamese, the Rade are matriarchal, meaning women own and inherit all properties, and a husband must move into his in-laws' household, so there must be many Rade women who get to pummel their husbands.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Provincial Taxonomy
One can easily spend a decade or two in an American place and not know anything about its past characters and anecdotes, so the only shared history one has is made up mostly of tales of exploits by corporate sport stars and favorite scenes from TV shows. Born into alienation, many Americans have never experienced anything but, so they bristle at mere suggestions that life can possibly be less virtual.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, January 4, 2019 Da Lat
If a border wall is ever built, it will be to keep Americans in, turn their mental prison, already air tight, into an actual steel cage. Travel hubs have lomg become police checkpoints. Since they didn't even dare to name their enemy, much less put up a fight, they can only wish they were refugees.
(9 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 18, 2018 US Sanctions Against Iran
The US is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal because of pressure from Israel, that's all. As long as Israel exists, Iran will be targeted. Israel was behind the American war against Iraq and Libya, and it's seeking to destroy Syria and Iran also.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2018 A More Colorful, Diluted and Dying Japan
What's happening to Japan is relevant worldwide, for all the most advanced and accomplished populations are shrinking, while the most backward recklessly breed. If you think each child is a blank slate, with roughly equal potentials, then there's no cause for alarm, but many among us are convinced a nation's heritage is simply its biology, manifested.