My best friend and his wife welcomed their baby boy into the world recently. He’s their first child. After speaking to them about an hour before the procedure, my best friend video called me almost as soon as he got back to the room with his son. The little guy was so cute. As his […]

Day 10

I don’t like Snickers but I should have bought more. We bought four months’ worth of food and other stuff in the three days leading up to home imprisonment, August 23rd. Among what we normally buy are items that were bought with starvation in mind. Whereas your mother ensured that we had an adequate amount […]

Day 1

Vietnam’s version of China’s Wuhan-style lockdown has begun. The Communist Party of Vietnam has brought Sài Gòn, a once bustling Southeast Asian metropolis, to a halt. Everything, now including food and convenience stores, pharmacies and delivery services, have been closed and everyone has been ordered to stay at home. Outside of China, I don’t know […]

Food Isn’t Necessary

The shit hit the fan. So, we think. Yesterday morning, the Communist Party of Vietnam announced that Sài Gòn will ban everyone from leaving their home beginning on August 23rd, in two days, and that the military will be responsible for providing food and essential items city-wide. However, it mentioned the exact details are still […]

Acceptable Risks

Without regard to guidance from many of the world’s leading health agencies, the Communist Party of Vietnam vaccinated as many people, aged 18 to 65+, as it could with the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine during its country-wide vaccination efforts that had begun in June despite its mostly youthful populace. Due to an unexpected number of post-vaccination […]


My cousin and her family planned a trip to South Florida several months ago when it seemed the COVID-19 outbreak was finally under control. She wanted to visit her parents for the first time in over two years. But as COVID-19 cases began rising again, my cousin questioned whether taking the trip was worth the […]

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Come on, Viet Commies! Did you really have to order VnExpress to retract one of yesterday’s articles? Is the truth really that damning? Are you losing control of your own propaganda machine? I think that I’ve already established some of my feelings concerning some of the failures of your family’s government with its handling of […]

Hometown Thinking

No matter how many times your mother has asked your grandmother to register to get a COVID-19 vaccine, she has adamantly rejected her. Your grandmother is more afraid of getting the vaccine than getting COVID-19. Her logic doesn’t make much sense to me knowing that she still sees videos, as recently as yesterday, taken from […]

Food Shortage

And while the Communist Party of Vietnam, specifically those in charge of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), also boasts about its adequate food supply and noteworthy effort to feed those in and around containment zones, many people, including us, are calling out their bullshit. From July 8th, the day when the HCMC Party Committee announced […]

Minimum Basic Care

While the Communist Party of Vietnam boasts about the breadth and commitment of its frontline medical workforce and effective triage and treatment strategies, among other things, videos are being shared on chat apps, such as Zalo, WeChat and Messenger, of inhumane conditions from inside of Vietnam’s critical care facilities for COVID-19 patients. For example, in […]