Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926-2022)

Today, I woke up with light tears and heart upon the news that my master, Thích Nhất Hạnh, has passed away at Từ Hiếu Temple in the homeland of Huế, where his spiritual journey began in 1945. It is also the homeland of my in-law family, a Buddhist heartland. Light, in the sense that he… Continue reading Thích Nhất Hạnh (1926-2022)


Reflections on Vietnam’s 35 years of reform

In the past week, Vietnam's 13th Communist Party Congress has been taking place. It is also 35 years ago since the country's reform era (officially termed "renovation" or Đổi mới) was launched during the 6th Communist Party Congress. A former editor-in-chief of Communist Review, the party's flagship journal, said that this congress should be viewed… Continue reading Reflections on Vietnam’s 35 years of reform

Milton Friedman in China

A revealing account of Milton Friedman's influence on China's reform and opening from the early 1980s written by the historian Julian Gewirtz, author of the book "Unlikely Partners: Chinese Reformers, Western Economists, and the Making of Global China" that depicts in much greater detail the influence of not just Friedman and other Western liberal economists,… Continue reading Milton Friedman in China