On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam

VnExpress By Mark A. Ashwill   February 7, 2019 | 11:03 am GMT+7

On the outside looking in: A US American in Vietnam

Vietnamese women at a wet market in Hanoi. Photo by VnExpress/Valentina Aru

 
An ‘other’ reflects on the ways in which he and many others feel they belong, why Vietnam is home.

I have spent over 40 percent of my adult life outside of my home country, never content with having my soul controlled by geography, to paraphrase George Santayana. I carry a U.S. passport but it doesn’t define me. I am a U.S. ex-patriot and global citizen who calls Vietnam home.

It was during my first visit to Hanoi 23 years ago this month that this country – with its tragic yet inspirational millennia-long history – cast its spell on me.  After moving here in 2005, I joined a select group of expats – an estimated 100,000 of them, according to official sources – who live in the midst of 97 million Vietnamese.

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From dispensing toilet paper to shaming jaywalkers, China powers up on facial recognition

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The country has one of the world’s most powerful facial recognition systems, which is being used in various ways, but concerns have been raised, as the programme Why It Matters finds out.

Even as Facebook’s #10yearchallenge sparks concerns that the social media giant is mining data for facial recognition AI, China’s facial recognition systems are already a reality in everyday life. Why It Matters host Joshua Lim finds out how public restrooms use it to prevent people from taking too much toilet paper; and how jaywalkers are identified, then publicly shamed on a digital billboard.
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