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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

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NO BRA CLUB--Luang Prabang











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Zurich cafe--Luang Prabang









Zurich Bread Artisan Bakery, a Thai chain. This bakery/cafe is truly superb. I never had such good bread in my 30 plus years in the US. Again, we have an instance of Asians selling white culture to other Asians, although at this location, most of the clientele are white tourists.



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Saffron cafe--Luang Prabang









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Display at Chinese built railroad line under construction--Pha O









Display near Chinese rairoad bridge and tunnel under construction. Notice that it's only in Chinese. No Lao!



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Display at Chinese built railroad line under construction--Pha O 2









[display near Chinese rairoad bridge and tunnel under construction]



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Chinese worker dormitory--Pha O











Chinese worker dormitory--Pha O (detail)









Chinese worker dormitory. I've seen quite a few of these across Laos.



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Chinese built railroad tunnel under construction--Pha O 2









Chinese built railroad tunnel under construction. That's Mark Barrett, a Canadian engineer and urban planner who was heavily involved with the development of Lao infrastructure. Employed by the United Nations, Mark advised the Lao government on road building, water treatment plants, waste management, community banking, slum upgrading, housing development, on and on, and Mark also supervised foreign companies here. When Mark arrived in Laos in 1994, the country had but one streetlight, and no highway. Mark has also worked in Thailand, Bangladesh and Iraq.

This week in Luang Prabang, I'm staying at Mark's house, so thank you very much, Mark!



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Monday, January 27, 2020

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Chinese built railroad tunnel under construction--Pha O 3









[Chinese built railroad tunnel under construction]



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Chinese built railroad bridge under construction--Pha O 3









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Chinese built railroad bridge under construction--Pha O 2









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Chinese built railroad bridge under construction--Pha O









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Rambo on tuk-tuk mudflap--Luang Prabang











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Utopia Cafe--Luang Prabang 4









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Utopia Cafe--Luang Prabang 3









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Utopia Cafe--Luang Prabang 2











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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I lived mostly in the US from 1975 until 2018, but have returned to Vietnam, where I live in remote Ea Kly. I've also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of a non-fiction book, Postcards from the End of America (2017), a novel, Love Like Hate (2010), two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), and six collections of poems, with a Collected Poems apparently cancelled by Chax Press from external pressure. I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). My writing has been translated into Japanese, Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in Tokyo, London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.