Excellent thoughts on Vietnamese “brain circulation” from Mark Ashwill in Hanoi.
Over the years, I’ve known and helped many young Vietnamese who have studied overseas. Some I knew in passing; others became friends. Quite a few made the decision to remain overseas either in the country in which they studied or a third country. By doing so, they slowly but surely began the transformation from Vietnamese national to Việt kiều (overseas Vietnamese).
I think of the implications of this more now that I am living in their (home) country, some in mine and others elsewhere. I have the gnawing feeling that another country’s (brain) gain is Vietnam’s loss and on glass is half empty days I can’t help feeling that Vietnam would be a better place in some ways, if some had remained.
On the other hand (and perhaps from a more rational perspective), I know that many would not be where they are now, academically, personally and professionally, were it not…
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