Category: Vietnam

Refugee Stories

Thanks to the Transatlantic Outreach Program and the Fulbright fellowship I participated in, I’ve been able to bring many lessons

One Year Later: What I Miss Most about Vietnam

I was recently asked to write a reflection on my time in Vietnam for Chào Fulbright, the newsletter of the

Lessons Learned from A Year Abroad

It doesn’t seem right to condense a year-long experience into an hour-long presentation, but that’s what I did. I spoke

Tạm Biệt Việt Nam

I returned to Hanoi for an amazing workshop with Eric Kim, an internationally recognized street photographer.  Eric and his wife,

Tim’s Travel Tips, Part Two

Here are the rest of my current travel tips.  This is what works for me, but clearly not for everyone.

Chúc mừng năm mới

Tết in Vietnam Tết, or the Lunar New Year, began on January 28 in Vietnam, but I have been hearing

Tim’s Travel Secrets

“You should start a travel agency,” said my travel companion as I navigated two apps and three websites to book

A Word from Vicky Ann

Here’s a note from Vicky Ann, written in her little black book on Saturday. Dear Me, Nothing electronic can replace

“This is not my beautiful wife”

My friend, Vicky Ann, arrived with the rain and cooler temperatures.  It would be a week before she saw the

I Want a Motorbike (Don’t Tell My Sons)

“I could do this for the next six months.”  That’s what I said at one of the coffee stops on

And Now A Word from Mr. Rogers

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”  – Fred Rogers

Luc Bat

Learning Luc Bat “Luc bat” is a traditional form of Vietnamese poetry that I have been researching.   I chose to

Coffee and Comaraderie

I finally had the experience of seeing my name on a sign as I passed through the wide doors of


If you don’t read any further, just watch this 13-second video of 10th graders reacting to your comments on the

Where I’m From

The time has come to share the poems my students have been working so hard to write.  I have taught