Focus Asia-Pacific

Asia's business, history, technologies and trends.

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Focus Asia-Pacific

Covering Asia's business, technology and trends so you can travel and do business with ease.


7 days ago

Tin Nguyen had a typical immigrant story growing up in America, where early in life he pursued academics which lead him to attending The Citadel, a prestigious military college in South Carolina. After a brief military career fighting in Afganistan and Iraq, he worked as an FBI agent. His police work lead him into cybersecurity, and Tin ended up moving to Saigon to co-found a Polarisec, a cybersecurity company in Southeast Asia. I sat down with Tin to learn more about his intriguing story.  

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

Long-term Saigon residents must decide what's the most suitable area to live. Most foreigners choose to live in Thao Dien, the expat community. Some people hate it; some people love it.  Today, Guillaume and I discuss the pros and cons to help you decide if its the right place for you.

Sunday Jul 24, 2022

Despite attending high school and college in the USA, Huy Le decided to move back to his native Saigon, Vietnam after college graduation. Hear why he chose to move back, rather than stay and look for a job in the US. Huy also discusses what he likes and dislikes about each country.

Sunday Jul 17, 2022

Phan Thiet and Mui Ne are two coastal towns over overlooked by many tourists. Guillaume and I discuss what is there to see and do.

Saturday Jun 04, 2022

May witnessed the White House's full-court outreach to Asia, first with the US-ASEAN special summit held in Washington D.C., followed by President Biden's overseas trip to South Korea and Japan where the US unveiled the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework. What does all of this mean and will it be effective? Andrew Hupert of Globalization2.0 and I discuss these issues and what recent events mean for US-Asian relations.    

Sunday May 15, 2022

US President Joe Biden hosted the US-ASEAN special summit last Thursday and Friday, May 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Here are my key take aways and analysis from the two-day conference.  

Sunday May 08, 2022

Since becoming a digital nomad in 2015, CJ explains why Saigon is the best city in Southeast Asia. He discusses the pros and cons of living in Vietnam's largest city and gives his advice for those just starting their journey.

Sunday Mar 20, 2022

Thai Binh and nearby Nam Dinh are two provincinces and towns near the Red River valley, the birthplace of Vietnamese culture nearly 2,500 years ago.  I took the two hour car ride from Hanoi and stayed over night to conduct a factory too. The following is a summary of trip and impressions of this city and region.    

Saturday Feb 12, 2022

If you come to Saigon, Nguyen Hue Walking Street is not to be missed. This modern-day pedestrian street comes alive in the evening where you people-watch crowds of people. However, the current street you see today wasn't always like this and has an interesting history behind it.  

Saturday Feb 05, 2022

Chuc mung nam moi! Happy Year of the Tiger! ' Vietnam has announced major reopening plans including international flights after Tet holiday with more restrictions lifted by March 31st.

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