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

12-year-old Cambodian waitress. Click to enlarge

Rolling Into Cambodia

Linh Dinh reflects on how the weak have survival skills that may allow them to outlast the smug and fleetingly powerful

A baby ritualistcally abandoned in Saigon. Click to enlarge

A Common Culture Makes the Nation

A people can endure any travails if they still have a common culture and history. With these snuffed out, there’s no nation left to save.

Tet Offensives, Hungry China and Dumbed Down Americans

Tet Offensives, Hungry China and Dumbed Down Americans

Drugged, decadent, easily manipulated, narcissistic and ignorant of history, how will Americans deal with the existential storm awaiting them?

Vinh Chau Chinese at the Seven Wonders Restaurant, Saigon, 2018. Click to enlarge

The Chinese in Southern Vietnam

Linh Dinh on the lessons of history and why there is no Chinese version of Howard Stern or Jerry Springer

Postcard from the End of America: Palmyra, NJ

Postcard from the End of America: Palmyra, NJ

Linh Dinh visits three adjacent boroughs. One redolent of a quaint past. Another a setting for liberal hypocrisy and the third an ominous portent for the future

Postcard from the End of America: Point Breeze

Postcard from the End of America: Point Breeze

Linh Dinh visits some local bars on a tour of a gentrifying ghetto

Practical Vietnam, Imploding America and China as Beacon

Practical Vietnam, Imploding America and China as Beacon

Linh Dinh on China, Vietnam and why America is deformed, drugged and dying

Hanoi Jane urinal target in Cookie's Tavern, 2017. Click to enlarge

Communists vs. Fascists

Overweening state power, as epitomized by both Communism and Fascism, is the common threat that should unite all

Postcard from the End of America: West Scranton

Postcard from the End of America: West Scranton

Linh Dinh on his encounters with down-at-heel blue-collar America and seemingly miraculous religious icons

Postcard from the End of America: Pennsport

Postcard from the End of America: Pennsport

Linh Dinh charts America’s decline as he tours the local pubs and go-go bars

Back to the USA

Back to the USA

Returning from his native Vietnam, it’s clear to Linh Dinh that just about everything Americans hear, see or notice is bullshit or propaganda.

Dak Lak

Dak Lak

“It’s all about lebensraum”, writes Linh Dinh, as he travels a highlands province 200 miles from Saigon

Hanoi Jottings

Hanoi Jottings

Linh Dinh returns to his native Vietnam. Where, he jokes, he stayed in the John McCain suite at the Hanoi Hilton

Wombward

Linh Dinh returns to his native Hanoi to find it transformed, complete with high rises and gated communities. Some things remain the same however

Empire Idiots

Empire Idiots

From 9/11, Charlie Hebdo, Paris’ Bataclan, Berlin’s Christmas Market to Barcelona, etc., Muslim terrorists seem expert at leaving behind their I.D. papers