Posts By Kim N. B. Ninh

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Vietnam Hosts Final Summit as ASEAN Chair

October 27, 2010

This is the loveliest time to be in Hanoi. The weather is cooler, and the light takes on a soft, golden glow spilling over the ochre walls of the numerous stately colonial buildings around the city. It makes the perfect setting as Vietnam ends its year of ASEAN chairmanship and hosts the 17th ASEAN Summit […]

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Vietnam’s National Assembly Votes on Contested High Speed Rail Project

July 7, 2010

This summer has been one of the hottest summers on record in Vietnam, with temperatures often rising above 100 F in many parts of the country. Low rainfall has rendered the country’s network of hydroelectrical power plants virtually useless, and rising energy consumption has outstripped the capacity of the state-owned energy sector, leading to rolling […]

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Vietnam Business Insight Survey: Strengthening the Public-Private Dialogue

May 26, 2010

Vietnam has garnered international attention over the past two decades with its remarkable economic growth and strong poverty alleviation record. The adoption of the doi moi (renovation) policy in late 1986, marked by a shift to market-oriented development and international integration, has transformed this country of 86 million. Crucial legal reforms embodied in such laws […]

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The Challenge: Increasing Access to Information and Internet in Vietnam

August 19, 2009

Vietnam’s citizens have a great passion for reading, and public libraries in Vietnam are free for users, open for long hours, and have relatively well-qualified personnel to support patrons. The country’s public library system is extensive: the National Library of Vietnam in Hanoi functions as a repository for all Vietnamese publications. The network includes 64 […]

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From Vietnam: Addressing Human Trafficking with a New Approach to Vocational Training

January 21, 2009

On a cold and gray day last December, a group of women huddled together in the Hoa Sua restaurant in Hanoi for the last lunch before they departed for the flight that would take them back to their home province of Can Tho, located in the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam. This was no simple […]

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Beauty and Lost Innocence

October 15, 2008

Vietnam may be experiencing the highest inflation rate in the last two decades, a whopping 28 percent year-on-year in August, but of late the country is consumed with a different crisis. The latest beauty to be crowned Miss Vietnam on Aug. 31, 18-year-old Tran Thi Thuy Dung, was discovered to not have finished secondary school, […]

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Inflation, Miss Vietnam, and Modernization

September 24, 2008

Vietnam may be experiencing the highest inflation rate in the last two decades, a whopping 28% year-on-year in August, but of late the country is consumed with a different kind of crisis.  The latest beauty to be crowned Miss Vietnam on August 31, 18-year-old Tran Thi Thuy Dung, was discovered to not have finished secondary […]

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From Vietnam: A Report on Combating Human Trafficking

September 17, 2008

On September 9, 2008, a workshop in Vietnam drew more than a hundred participants from government agencies, ministries, National Assembly, international and national organizations, and representatives from 12 provinces. The workshop, “Strengthening Cooperation and Effective Implementation of Anti-Human Trafficking Programs in Vietnam,” was organized by Vietnam’s Executive Office of the National Committee to Combat Trafficking […]

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From Vietnam: Generation 8X

June 25, 2008

In a country of 83 million, one third of Vietnam’s population is between the ages of 10 to 24. It is popular now in Vietnam to refer to the young generation as “Generation 8X” for those who were born in the 1980s, which means that they grew up in a country that was fully unified […]

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In Vietnam: Grow First, Clean Up Later – the Sad State of To Lich River

June 11, 2008

“If you clean up the river, we will be forced to buy chemical fertilizers.” The leader of the village’s Party work unit smiles, and settles back in her chair, waiting to hear what we will say. She knows we are hoping to build on the early successes of an Asia Foundation program focused on water […]

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