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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Gov’t urged to ease home-buying for foreigners

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HCM City People’s Committee has asked relevant departments to tackle problems in granting house ownership certificates to overseas Vietnamese to encourage their investment into the real estate market.

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Statistics of the municipal Department of Construction revealed that only 15 Viet kieu (overseas Vietnamese) and foreigners were granted house ownership certificates in the city during the past two years. Continue reading “Gov’t urged to ease home-buying for foreigners”

Foreign employees to get work permits online from October 2017

Last update 14:40 | 20/09/2017

Foreign nationals who want to work in Vietnam will be able to acquire employment permits online, via the web portal http://dvc.vieclamvietnam.gov.vn, starting from October 2, 2017.

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The aforementioned regulation was stipulated in the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs’ (MOLISA) recently issued Circular No. 23/2017 on guiding the granting of permits to foreign employees working in Vietnam, via an electronic network. Continue reading “Foreign employees to get work permits online from October 2017”

Saigon pet owners in expat neighborhood lose sleep over mass poisonings

The culprits remain at large with Thao Dien residents demanding action to be taken

By Tuoi Tre News

August 28,2017, 14:46 GMT+7

​Saigon pet owners in expat neighborhood lose sleep over mass poisonings
A poster made by Fernando Ruizbo
A series of cat and dog poisonings took place in Thao Dien, a popular neighborhood for expats in Ho Chi Minh City, over the past week, with pet owners calling on local authorities to start an investigation to find the culprit.

The pet poisoning in Thao Dien, located in expat-heavy District 2, was posted online by Fernando Ruizbo, a 38-year-old Colombian. Continue reading “Saigon pet owners in expat neighborhood lose sleep over mass poisonings”

Only 15 foreigners, Viet Kieu own houses in Ho Chi Minh City

Vague regulations on foreign property ownership continue to put off non-resident homebuyers.

By Tuoi Tre News

August 06,2017, 14:35 GMT+7

​Only 15 foreigners, Viet Kieu own houses in Ho Chi Minh City
Foreigners look for an apartment in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Only 15 foreigners and Viet Kieu (overseas Vietnamese) were granted certificates of house ownership in Ho Chi Minh City as of May 15, according to statistics from the municipal Department of Construction.

The reality is in stark contrast with a government decree and new housing laws enacted in 2015, which relaxed requirements for foreigners to own properties in Vietnam. Continue reading “Only 15 foreigners, Viet Kieu own houses in Ho Chi Minh City”

International fest for expats kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City

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Updated : 09/11/2015 16:15 GMT + 7

Visitors pass by a culinary booth at the “Ho Chi Minh City: Development and Integration 2015” festival on September 10, 2015.
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Thousands of people, including locals, tourists and expats on Thursday gathered in downtown Ho Chi Minh City for the opening of an international festival.

Titled “Ho Chi Minh City: Development and Integration 2015,” the fest held by the municipal Department of External Relations is an annual event for those foreigners living and working in Ho Chi Minh City to introduce their special cultural characteristics as well as to boost mutual understanding and cooperation among different countries. Continue reading “International fest for expats kicks off in Ho Chi Minh City”