At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
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Donald and Melania Trump shared a front row pew in the National Cathedral with past presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and their wives as an honor guard brought Bush's flag-draped casket into the prayer hall filled with dignitaries. George W. Bush tapped the casket twice when he walked up to deliver a rousing eulogy, fighting through tears as he sang the praises of his father and predecessor as commander-in-chief, who died Friday at age 94. Former president George W. Bush weeps after delivering his eulogy at the state funeral for his father George H.W. Bush at Washington National Cathedral. Photo byFP/Alex Brandon "He showed me what it means to be a president who serves with integrity, leads with courage, and acts with love in his heart for the citizens of our country," Bush said. "He was born with just two settings -- full throttle, then sleep," he said. "To us, his was the brightest of a thousand points of light," he said in a reference to his father's signature … [Read more...] about Washington sets aside divisions as US bids farewell to Bush
Following a California district court ruling on October 18, thousands of Vietnamese immigrants who came to the U.S. as legal residents before 1995 have been spared from the risk of deportation by the federal immigration agents, the New York Times reported last week, citing an unnamed official in the Department of Homeland Security. The shift followed an agreement reached with Vietnam last August under which "the removal of pre-1995 Vietnamese is not reasonably foreseeable," the Times report said. However, the Trump administration has still asserted that it has the right to detain and re-detain immigrants who have criminal records even if they have already served their sentences. Last year, former citizens of Vietnam, Cambodia and several other countries were caught up in a hardline immigration policy adopted by the Trump administration that sought to deport immigrants with criminal records who have green cards but never became naturalized U.S. citizens, even if … [Read more...] about US abandons effort to deport Vietnamese immigrants
Four immigration officials at a busy Bangkok airport have been demoted after a probe found they were taking bribes from Chinese tourists to fast-track their visa applications, an official said on Tuesday (Oct 9). Chinese visitors make up about a quarter of Thailand's 35 million tourist arrivals a year, making them the kingdom's largest visiting bloc by nationality. (AFP/CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT) The Chinese make up about a quarter of Thailand's 35 million tourist arrivals a year, making them the kingdom's largest visiting bloc by nationality. They usually wait in long lines at busy immigration booths at Don Mueang - one of the two international airports in Bangkok - where they pay 2,000 baht (about US$60) for visas upon arrival. But Major-General Surachate Hakparn, the newly-installed chief of the immigration bureau, told AFP he was tipped off on how some are able to jump the queue. "We recieved the allegations from tourists that they can fast-track their application services … [Read more...] about Thai officials removed for taking ‘tips’ from Chinese tourists
US Fed warns of 'consequential' risk from escalating trade disputes But with the US economy continuing to grow and the job market strengthening further, many Fed members said they likely will need to raise the benchmark interest rate again "soon," according to the minutes of the Fed policy meeting early this month. The renewed warning about trade came just as US and Chinese officials began trade talks in Washington to try to defuse the spiralling disagreement, with a new round of punitive tariffs on US$16 billion in goods from each country just hours away. The United States has imposed tariffs on hundreds of products, mostly from China, and Fed officials said they are seeing the impact of trade disputes on the ground, as businesses across the country face higher prices for necessary inputs and the uncertainty has caused some to delay investments. All participants in the Fed meeting "pointed to ongoing trade disagreements and proposed trade measures as an important source of … [Read more...] about US Fed warns of ‘consequential’ risk from escalating trade disputes