Saigon, 2018

Sunstroked Observations from the Orient

For an endlessly bullying, bombing and chest-thumping nation, the US has produced a staggering number of books and films about its own demise, writes Linh Dinh

Trotsky's study in Mexico City, 2017. Click to enlarge

Blacks, Jews and You

More incisive, insightful commentary from Linh Dinh

Reading Crimes

Reading Crimes

Philly is much more dangerous than Saigon, writes Linh Dinh. There are entire areas that are best avoided, even in daylight. No such menacing ghettos exist in all of Vietnam

Ỵ, a domestic servant in Saigon, 2018

A Servant’s Tale

Listening to tales of poverty and want in downtown Saigon, Linh Dinh wonders if similar tales of material woe will soon be heard in the U.S.

Of Ants and Asskicking

Of Ants and Asskicking

The myth of American invincibility means that many Americans are still willing to be sent anywhere to fight anybody, for any reason, no matter how bogus

Genitalia as Social Constructs

As Stalin said, “Education is a weapon,” and there is a concerted effort by the state, media and academy to neuter the American mind.

Philadelphia, 2018. Click to enlarge

Last Philly Glimpses

Linh Dinh takes leave of a purposely imploding nation and bids farewell to some colourful characters

Jenny's Place. Click to enlarge

Obscured American: Chang the Owner of Jenny’s Place and Dollar City

Linh Dinh visits New Jersey and talks to bar owner Chang Liu, who has some interesting things to say about America and the world

Shooters Crossing, 2018

Postcard from the End of America: Lancaster County, PA

Linh Dinh travels through some Pennsylvania and New Jersey towns as he reflects on the Amish and a country of rootless cosmopolitans.

Today's Daily News, 2010

Postliterate America

In this accelerating speed culture, there is no time to think, or even feel as we blunder into a mindless void

Donna's Bar regualrs 2018. Click to enlarge

Obscured American: Benny the Landlord, Casanova and Covert Operator

Linh Dinh tours the bars and diners in the northeast corner of North Philly, where locals regale him with their stories

Postcard from the End of America: Callowhill, Philadelphia

Postcard from the End of America: Callowhill, Philadelphia

Believing in America shouldn’t equate to cheerleading her wars but that’s where too many Joe Sixpacks have erred. Linh Dinh explains

Dreamers, Opioids and Involuntary Celibates

Dreamers, Opioids and Involuntary Celibates

Linh Din returns to America where he’s met by familiar faces and a land where enforced paranoia has become the norm.

Tokyo Dreaming

Tokyo Dreaming

The US has destroyed societies to save them, with Iraq, Libya and Syria only the latest examples. Without any violence, perhaps Japan can return the favor

Quy Hop, Nghe An, 2018

War, Wedding and Wine in Nghe An

Having gone through the worst of war and state, the folks of Nghe An will survive whatever comes next. Will you?

Vietnamese church in Chanthaburi, Thailand, 2018. Click to enlarge

Melting Pots, New Identities and Flowering Barbarism

With population and sense of entitlement constantly rising, against resources rapidly depleting, a state of constant war, nearly everywhere, is the best we can hope for

Chanthaburi, Thailand. Click to enlarge

National Identity, Great Thais and Eyes Rolling

All countries have been built on war and conquest, and the bigger a nation, the more wars it has fought, so an empire, by definition, is a war machine

Alley Culture, Zoning Laws and Anomic Americans

Alley Culture, Zoning Laws and Anomic Americans

From Saigon’s labyrinth of alleys, Linh Dinh reflects on a world far removed from America

Vietnamese children in Akreiy Ksatr, Cambodia, 2018

Cambodia’s Illegal Immigrants

Linh Dinh follows the paths of migrants in south-east Asia

Phnom Penh, 2018. Click to enlarge

Language and Empathy in Cambodia

Their ancestors built the greatest city in the world, Angkor, under a king, Jayavarman II. Now, the Cambodians are sneered at by even the Vietnamese