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Rationality required in debate of incest taboo

Last month, the German Ethics Council, a statutory body that reports to the Bundestag, recommended that sexual intercourse between adult siblings should cease to be a crime....

October 21, 2014, Tuesday

Real moves to lower carbon use in Asia

The landmark climate summit convened by the United Nations secretary-general last month in New York was unprecedented in terms of the participation of leaders,...

October 21, 2014, Tuesday

Dollar’s rise: caution for Chinese holding foreign debt

As economic tides are shifting, it is time for Chinese companies to be cautious with foreign debt.After borrowing billions of dollars from the US, Hong Kong and elsewhere,...

October 17, 2014, Friday

Wrong foreign accent is ticket to failure in America

Uncle Tho, my father’s older brother, was a studious man. He arrived in America from Vietnam at the age of 44 but struggled to re-educate himself. He went to school nightly, got a BA,...

October 15, 2014, Wednesday

Woman’ decision to end her life prompts ruminations on meaning of our existence

Dear Yong,On the 18th of last month, you published two pieces on the recent death of Ms. Gillian Bennet — by Peter Singer and yourself — to which I have found my thoughts often returning since. You,...

October 9, 2014, Thursday

Despite failure of austerity measures, Europe continues down that path and suffers

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts.Austerity has failed....

September 30, 2014, Tuesday

With Vietnam’s upward mobility comes a new tension of the mind

At an ultra-chic bar in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, a well-dressed woman in her mid-20s named Tram tells me that she’s si-tret....

September 29, 2014, Monday

Targeting societal violence in international aid

WHAT is the biggest source of violence in our world? With the brutal conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere constantly in the news, many people would probably say war. But that turns out to be spectacularly ...

September 24, 2014, Wednesday

Does the American Dream still exist today?

When I think of the Vietnamese narrative in America, I think of my mother’s ancestral altar. In her suburban home on the outskirts of San Jose with a pool shimmering in the backyard, my mother prays....

September 22, 2014, Monday

Violence of the 20th century should be lesson in avoidance

One of the most noble and necessary tasks of the historian is to hold up for the rest of us an honest mirror of our past, one that neither distorts the truth nor hides what we would rather not know....

September 19, 2014, Friday


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