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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Thanks for a $20 from a long-time supporter in Charlottesville!




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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Obscene drawing on road sign--Si Ma Cai











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Cartoon soldiers--Si Ma Cai











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A NEW WAY OF LIFE WITH A CLEAN BATHROOM--Si Ma Cai









A different elementary school from below.

"A NEW WAY OF LIFE WITH A CLEAN BATHROOM

"A CLEAN BATHROOM, A HAPPY COMMUNITY

"LET'S WORK TOGETHER FOR A CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL VILLAGE"



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Vegetable garden at elementary school--Si Ma Cai









Vegetable garden at elementary school. It's a great idea, but many of these rural kids already know how to plant crops. Though this would be more useful to city kids, urban schools don't have the space for it.



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Chalk written numbers on side of house--Si Ma Cai











Chalk written numbers on side of house--Si Ma Cai (detail)












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Garbage just west of town--Si Ma Cai









Just in case you think it's all bucolic here. There is way too much garbage, so the government must do something. There are laws against littering, but I haven't met anyone who's been fined for it. In Cambodia, the garbage situation is getting out of control, and in Laos, it's bad too. By contrast, Thailand is very clean, so it can be accomplished. The Chinese used to have a reputation for being dirty, but look at Singapore today, or Hong Kong.



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Route 153 just west of town--Si Ma Cai











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Cow southwest of town on 2-18-20--Si Ma Cai











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Countryside southwest of town--Si Ma Cai











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Boy leading water buffalo while looking at smart phone--Si Ma Cai











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Vietnames pho joint on Route 153--Si Ma Cai 2









Same Vietnamese pho joint as below. Owner's daughter fixated on a smartphone. Now, that's an unprecedented pandemic.



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Vietnames pho joint on Route 153--Si Ma Cai









[Vietnamese pho joint]



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Hmong pho joint on west side--Si Ma Cai. 2tif









[same Hmong pho joint as below]



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Hmong pho joint on west side--Si Ma Cai









Hmong pho joint. Everything looks kinda kosher except they're wearing coats. That's because there's no indoor heating here, and no fireplaces. Forty degrees feel worse than freezing.



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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. 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.