Want to light up a cigarette in public? Not anymore, say lawmakers in Vietnam. Yesterday, it was confirmed that Vietnam has passed a law banning smoking in all public places. The law also prohibits tobacco advertising and bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18. The law is set to go into effect in May 2013. High tobacco use is certainly an issue in … [Read more...] about Health Brief: No More Public Smoking in Vietnam
Are you more likely to be happy living in Vietnam than in Switzerland, Norway, the U.S. and even Bhutan (the only country to measure "gross national happiness")? That's what the results of this year's Happy Planet Index (HPI) suggest. Designed by the New Economics Foundation (motto: "economics as if people and the planet mattered"), the HPI sets forth to be the "leading global … [Read more...] about Vietnam is the 2nd Happiest Country in the World?
The Global Peace Index, an initiative of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), recently released the 2012 Global Peace rankings. The Index compares 158 countries according to their "absence of violence" across 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators (see below). This year, Vietnam came in 34th, putting it in the first tier of the world's most peaceful countries. … [Read more...] about How peaceful is Vietnam, anyway?
Congratulations to our mother ship's co-founders James Bao and Uyen Nguyen for winning the Migration Policy Institute's Young Innovators Awards! At MPI's 10th anniversary, James and Uyen were honored alongside Alan K. Simpson, a former US senator, and Ron Mazzoli, a former member of the US house of representatives for their work in public policy; Aryeh Neier, president of the … [Read more...] about OneVietnam Co-Founders Honored With Young Innovator Awards by Migration Policy Institute
There will be an upcoming symposium on Vietnamese American writers and artists at Stanford University's Stanford Humanities Center at the end of this month. Here's the event blurb: We have gathered together a group of the most prominent and important Vietnamese and Vietnamese American artists, poets, film-makers, and essayists for a one-day symposium. These artists are core … [Read more...] about [Event] California and Beyond: A Symposium with Vietnamese American Writers and Artists