Bubble tea has stirred up quite a controversy in recent weeks as netizens argue whether its frequent consumption is wasteful or simply a matter of personal choice. Last month, Swedish fast fashion brand H&M also made headlines as thousands of shoppers lined up for its first store opening in Saigon. These are just some signs of rising consumerism in Vietnam. When describing professional middle class youth in Vietnam, a research paper published in 2007 in the Journal of Modern Asian Studies stated: "The evidence that is available suggests a greater interest in consumption, leisure activities, accessing information and news, and the maintenance and achievement of social status." Yet, "there does not seem to be a significant political identity emerging among middle class Vietnamese or an interest in mobilizing political resources, although there is some evidence of involvement in topical … [Read more...] about Is it right to channel Vietnam’s brimming youthful energy into consumerism?
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As he rubs shoulders with leaders of the world's other major economies, Donald Trump is in a bullish mood about the U.S. recovery even if there are clouds on the horizon. "Stock Market at all time high, unemployment at lowest level in years (wages will start going up) and our base has never been stronger!" the U.S. president tweeted at the start of a week which ends with his attendance at the G20 summit in Hamburg. "No matter where you look, the economy is blazing," he said in a July 4 Independence Day speech, a day before heading to Europe. Trump, who frequently complains the US media refuses to give him credit, can point to some heady figures since his unexpected election which was greeted gleefully on the stock markets. The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged 17.2 percent since last November's election, while the broader S&P 500 gained 13.7 percent, and the tech-dominated Nasdaq 18.4 percent. Banking stocks in particular soared amid promises the sector would … [Read more...] about Trump bullish on ‘blazing’ economy but whose recovery is it?
Your Say (28-08-2009) Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN? Viet Nam News asked its readers about the Ministry of Transport’s proposal to allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right-hand side in Viet Nam. Last week we asked readers for their opinions about the Ministry of Transport’s proposal that would allow foreigners to drive cars with steering wheels on the right while they visit and stay in Viet Nam. Anucha Kwantientong, Thailand, Bangkok I like travelling to other countries in my own car. Many countries allow cars with the steering wheel on the right to use their roads. When I go to these countries, I practise for a short time in order to get used to their traffic signals and laws. I have never had any trouble driving in foreign countries. Fortunately, the procedures for taking my car to other countries are not complicated. All I need is to do is show a valid copy of my driving licence and car registration. It would be really … [Read more...] about Is it unwise to let foreigners drive right-hand cars in VN?
For governments in the Baltic states of Latvia and Lithuania, Russia has invaded Ukraine and the two countries are now at war. Head further west, and they’re less sure what to call it. While all agree that a line has been crossed, U.S and NATO officials prefer to speak of an “incursion,” the word used by President Barack Obama at a White House press conference yesterday. French and German leaders have warned President Vladimir Putin of further sanctions without defining what Russian forces have done. “In the past 48 hours, we have tipped into a formal invasion,” Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, said in a Bloomberg television interview. “Russia and Ukraine as sovereign countries are now at war and it’s going to be very difficult for the United States and Europe to deny that reality.” Calling it war or an invasion would force the U.S. and European Union to consider steps they’ve been unwilling to take, short of … [Read more...] about Is it war? Ukraine conflict definition softens in West
Is it time for Vietnam to introduce water restrictions along the lines of other nations with similar problems? >> An audio version of the story is available here I read in Tuoi Tre News one day a prediction that the heat wave and drought conditions across central Vietnam looked set to continue until September. Whether that becomes a reality or we get those gigantic thunderstorms with the lightning spanning the evening sky – rather awesome and another reason to visit central Vietnam – is a manner of conjecture. In other words... who knows? Vietnam’s water resources are shrinking, particularly in the central region. Crop failures and damage to waterways are already happening. The other problem has always been to bring potable water to the majority of the population – water contamination, untreated wastewater, and poor control of groundwater resources also threaten the nation. Other nations … [Read more...] about It’s time for water restrictions in Vietnam