I have never been very enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day. Before you write me off as a misanthrope or a bitter old maid, let me assure you: I’m not that old. Just bitter. And I do like people, for the most part. Also, in second grade I found out that the holiday has its possible origins in the decapitation of a guy called St. Valentine (it was an act of martyrdom). Even … [Read more...] about A Valentine to Sriracha
The scenario: You're a tech savvy youngin' with the next billion dollar internet idea tucked in your pocket. It could be the next Groupon or Twitter. Maybe even the next Facebook. Whatever it is, it’s big. But you're in America and you're worried the market is getting saturated. Everyone and their 12-year-old cousin is developing apps and designing sites. There's something … [Read more...] about Vietnam to Internet Entrepreneurs: Come Hither
Over at Slate.com, a new post by Michael Ahn Paarlberg posits that Asian and Asian Americans have now become the lifeblood of classical music. Himself a Korean American hapa, Paarlberg points out that fewer adults are attending classical concerts than before, and the median age of those who still attend the high culture affairs is constantly rising. The one demographic still … [Read more...] about Dead Classical Composers Have Asians to Thank for Keeping Their Music Relevant
At OneVietnam and VTP, we love social media, philanthropy, and having fun. When any two of the three interersect (as in our iStory initiative), we’re ecstatic. When all three combine, we’re over the moon. That’s why we’re so excited to see what Nick Kristof and Games for Change have in store with what’s being touted as the humanitarian Farmville. In an interview with … [Read more...] about When FarmVille Met Philanthropy
When Director Ngoc Dang Vu released his movie "Lost in Paradise" late last year, he knew he was not only depicting an on-screen forbidden romance, but challenging ossified Vietnamese views on homosexuality as well. Though the country has gradually grown more accepting over the years, the LGBT community in Vietnam still faces widespread discrimination. Same-sex marriage is … [Read more...] about Can an LGBT Film Help Change Attitudes About Homosexuality in Vietnam?