About Trần Đình Hoành

I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

The best attractions in Nha Trang

Last update 08:00 | 24/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The best attractions in Nha Trang are set against a stunning backdrop of white sandy beaches, verdant mountains, and untouched islands.

Great for history buffs, Nha Trang is home to remnants of the Champa Kingdom, Buddhist temples, and gothic-style Catholic churches while natural hot springs, salt fields, and unique waterfalls offering a myriad of sightseeing and recreational activities.

Here are the top attractions in Nha Trang.

Po Nagar Cham Towers

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Po Nagar Cham temple complex was built between 8th and 11th centuries by the Cham people who once ruled the central plain of Vietnam. Tiếp tục đọc

The places to come at night in Saigon

Last update 09:00 | 23/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Nightlife in HCM City means very different things depending where you are in the city. 

Saigon’s best live music bars

Downtown in District 1, rooftop bars, high rolling casinos and smooth jazz bands are the choice forms of nightlife entertainment in Saigon. But move a few kilmoetres west into District 3 and the backpacker street of Pham Ngu Lao, with its boisterous street bars, cheap eats and good time vibe, is certainly the place to be when night falls.

Here are some places for you to try.

Lush Nightclub

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Lush Nightclub is a premier nightlife hotspot in the city. It is the place to see the young and beautiful of Saigon, dressed to impress and not afraid to spend a little cash. Tiếp tục đọc

Saigon’s best live music bars

Last update 15:20 | 22/06/2017

VietNamNet Bridge – Live music in HCM City is never far away. Whether you are looking for relaxing background melody or a rip roaring rock session, Vietnam’s largest city has a place for you. And here are the best live music bars in the city.

Acoustic Bar

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The Acoustic Bar is the venue of choice for Vietnam’s up and coming rock musicians. This is the place where legends never die and you can hear amazing renditions of – amongst others – Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and John Lennon. But it’s not limited to the classics; the international roster of musicians is free to rock on with anthems from any era. Tiếp tục đọc

Deforestation haunts Vietnam’s Central Highlands

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Updated : 06/23/2017 18:00 GMT + 7

Severe deforestation in Quang Son Commune, Dak G’Long District, located in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong


Countless hectares of forest in Vietnam’s Central Highlands are being destroyed as the result of industrial and agricultural activities conducted by local businesses and residents at such a rate that authorities are unable to prevent the situation.

Businesses, residents, and even immigrants in the Central Highlands region are exploiting the local forests for its natural resources.

Meanwhile competent authorities have been unable to manage the excessive exploitation, with some even caught abetting the harmful activities. Tiếp tục đọc

Corrupt traffic inspectors in Can Tho spend ‘protection fee’ on job promotion

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 06/23/2017 17:05 GMT + 7

A group of former traffic inspectors in Can Tho City in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region previously arrested for demanding ‘protection money’ from local businesses claim the cash was used to ‘buy’ promotions.

At a trial held for seven of the corrupt traffic inspectors at the municipal People’s Court on Thursday, some of the defendants admitted that the extortion money was used to pay for job promotions.

Duong Minh Tam, a former deputy chief traffic inspector in Can Tho, said he spent VND370 million (US$16,240) for his position. Tiếp tục đọc

Shipbuilders flout contracts in fishing boat scandal in central Vietnam: inspectors


Updated : 06/23/2017 11:31 GMT + 7

Two shipbuilders responsible for 18 fishing boats which suffered damage shortly after delivery were found to have violated the technical specifications listed in their contracts with fishermen in the south-central province of Binh Dinh, inspectors said Thursday.

The steel-clad vessels, ranging from VND12 billion (US$528,634) to VND20 billion ($881,057) in value, were delivered to Binh Dinh fishermen in September 2016.

Thirteen of the vessels were built by Nam Trieu Co., run by the Ministry of Public Security, while the remaining boats were built by Dai Nguyen Duong Co.

However, in April 2017, ten of the ship owners filed a complaint to local authorities that their boats were experiencing damage after only a few fishing trips. Tiếp tục đọc

Sand exploitation vessels on Chu River a grave concern


Update: June, 23/2017 – 18:30

An illegal sand exploitation vessel on Chu River. — Photo dantri.com.vn

THANH HOÁ — Several illegal sand exploitation vessels have been found operating along Chu River in the central province of Thanh Hoá.However, local authorised agencies are finding it difficult to deter vessels owing to inadequate and weak human resources.As a result, banks along the river have suffered serious erosion, narrowing the cultivable area of residents and threatening people’s safety.

On the river between Thiệu Toán and Thiệu Vũ communes in Thiệu Hoá District, some vessels were caught exploiting sand from the riverbed. Upon being chased by the inspectors’ vessel, they sped away at their fastest speed. Tiếp tục đọc

Three arrested for eight dialysis deaths


Update: June, 23/2017 – 17:00

A doctor provides emergency aid to one of the victims of the incident. — Photo news.zing.vn

HÒA BÌNH — Police in Hòa Bình Province have arrested three people suspected to be responsible for the deaths of eight patients who underwent kidney dialysis treatment at a local hospital in May.

They are Bùi Mạnh Quốc, Trần Văn Sơn and Hoàng Công Lương.

According to investigators, they will be charged in a criminal case involving one of the most serious medical incidents in recent years. Tiếp tục đọc

VN netizens mobilise to save foreign volunteer


Update: June, 23/2017 – 09:00

Eldniz Nasabli on his bed at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion. The 25-year-old Azerbaijani volunteer discovered he had leukemia at the beginning of the month while teaching English in the northern province of Sơn La. — VNS Photo Bảo Hoa

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HÀ NỘI — A Thursday morning at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) is just like every other weekday morning at a hospital: crowded, noisy with patients awaiting medical examinations.

A group of four women standing by the reception desk near the hospital’s entrance, are busy writing wishes on a stack of envelopes. They are here to visit a 25-year-old Azerbaijani patient who came to Việt Nam as a volunteer, fell sick while teaching English to children in the northern mountainous province of Sơn La, and discovered he had acute myeloid leukemia. Tiếp tục đọc

In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

During a trip through China’s violence-plagued Xinjiang, the Guardian witnesses dramatic security surge as Communist party fights to ‘pacify’ region

Shopkeepers perform daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, in March.
Shopkeepers perform daily anti-terror drill outside the bazaar in Kashgar, in March. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards People’s Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping “anti-terror” rallies to be held here in the heartlands of China’s Muslim Uighur minority this year. Tiếp tục đọc

US defense contractor accused of spying for China

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The Justice Department said Kevin Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia had sold classified documents to Chinese intelligence agents on trips to Shanghai in March and April.

He could face up to life in prison if found guilty. Tiếp tục đọc

South Korea: Choi Soon-sil handed three-year jail term


Seoul court finds longtime friend of ousted President Park guilty of bribing daughter’s professors.

Choi is also being tried alongside Park for allegedly taking bribes from electronics giant Samsung [Lee Jin-man/AP]
Choi is also being tried alongside Park for allegedly taking bribes from electronics giant Samsung [Lee Jin-man/AP]

A South Korean court sentenced Choi Soon-sil, a longtime friend of ousted President Park Guen-hye, to three years in prison for bribery in the first of a string of criminal cases against her.

Seoul Central District Court on Friday found Choi guilty of obstruction of duty by using her presidential ties to get her daughter admitted to Seoul’s prestigious Ewha Womans University and receive good grades. Tiếp tục đọc

Royal costumes of Nguyen Dynasty on show

Last update 14:45 | 19/04/2017

 Seventy royal items dating back to the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) are being showcased at the Museum of History of Ho Chi Minh City, giving an insight into the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam.

Costumes of Nguyen kings and queens are displayed at the centre of the exhibition hall Tiếp tục đọc

As number of students rises, HCM City hurries to recruit teachers

Last update 08:06 | 22/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The number of students in the 2017-2018 academic year will reach a record high, especially at preschool and primary education, raising concerns about the lack of teachers and classrooms.vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, MOET, high school students, school violence

According to the HCM Education Department, HCMC will have 19,833 more students at preschools, 20,199 at primary schools, 12,741 at secondary schools and 6,319 at high schools. Go Vap, Binh Tan and 12 are the districts with the sharpest increases in the number of students. Tiếp tục đọc

HCM City calls for private investment in waste water treatment

Last update 08:20 | 22/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – As state and local budgets are limited, calling for private investment in waste water treatment is considered the most feasible solution for now. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, waste water, mekong, private investment

Experts participating in a workshop on water drainage and waste water treatment management in mid-June agreed that investment in the sector is coming in dribs and drabs.

Nguyen Kim Hoang from the Can Tho City Construction Department said except for the KfW-funded concentrated waste water treatment plant with capacity of 30,000 cubic meters per day, which is under execution, other waste water treatment projects in the city still have not received capital. Tiếp tục đọc