The Meanings of Words – What is Colonialism, Communism

Understanding words. What exactly happens when we learn a word? The most basic explanation is that a verbal sound is applied to an object or idea which represents the object or idea in question. Therefore, as children when we are first learning language, we must first visually see a chair and then we learn how…… Continue reading The Meanings of Words – What is Colonialism, Communism

A Night in Saigon – Debate at a Bar

Last night was an interesting one. I attended a “Software Solutions” companies opening party at the Sofitel and met a few guys in the computer industry. It was only Japanese and Vietnamese except for me and one other guy. The presentation was also only in these two languages and it reminded me of my extremely…… Continue reading A Night in Saigon – Debate at a Bar

Nationalism and Integrating with the Host Culture

Controversy for the whole family! By tok_matthew January 19th, 2005 @ 1:19 PM  I just had a chat with someone we shall refer to as “the patriot,” which got me thinking about this subject. Most of us hard core ex-pats who truly try to integrate with the host culture often find ourselves in a complex situation.…… Continue reading Nationalism and Integrating with the Host Culture