Sunday, July 7, 2013

Linkedin Vietnam

I've found Linkedin's capabilities as a website for networking and jobs always a bit lackluster, but lately my own email notifications have been getting stranger and stranger from Vietnamese sources.

I decided to take to the website to investigate after posting this to Twitter last week:

Someone on Linkedin has either a serious sense of humor or has been learning strategies from my Tweets as no sooner than a day later I got invitations from these two:

What are the odds? Both managers of the Fishing Group! Very fishy...or phishy? Or just all coincidence?

Ever since the first tweet, I've wondered to what degree do these people "exist" if pictures are being used with different names and different jobs and the same picture or with the same position but different people. A little Google image searching and we find that Pham Thu Hai is either 1.) Mingyin Tan's doppelganger (see below), 2.) so hideously ugly that she had to borrow someone else's picture...for Linkedin marketing purposes. And yes, these are the only 2 options.

Chinese architect who has gone rogue by becoming...Vietnamese HR manager under witness protection program (foiled by Google)

Needless to say I'm torn between not connecting with these folks or connecting with them and endorsing them for skills they are grossly unqualified for (take that!)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuoi Tre vs TurnItIn

I've been helping students with their research papers lately and one of the biggest issues (both theirs and mine) has been citation. It's a whole new concept for them, but it is further compounded by the fact that while they would like to use good Vietnamese primary sources, those sources themselves are notoriously bad at citation.

To illustrate this, I decided to take an article from local newspaper, Tuoi Tre, from their English publication website and see how it stacked up against, a plagiarism detection client.

Let's see how they did:

To start, their picture credit is faring better than most of their counterparts whose sole credit for photographers usually looks a little like this:

Oh! Now I know where to find it!

And a quick Google search reveals that indeed, Reuters does own this photo, which originally appeared here, although a credit to the photographer themselves would be a bit better (Benoit Tessier to be specific). Whether Tuoi Tre has a photo agreement with Reuters we will not worry about for now.

Now down to the article. The article itself does fine until we start getting into the final paragraphs where Tuoi Tre starts listing the dangers of shisha addiction. Here we now have 23% of the article, which is pulled directly from Quit Shisha, a website devoted to providing resources for overcoming shisha addiction.

They seem to try to rectify this in the last sentence.

The only problem is, despite the likely scientific backing for Quit Shisha's information, they are not a medical website.

So Tuoi Tre is committing several academic (and dare I say journalistic) errors here:
1. Not citing a source of information
2. Plagiarizing - taking the direct words of others without proper citation
3. Using sources that would fail analysis like CRAAP in which we evaluate primary sources (failing the Purpose category in my opinion)

If Tuoi Tre was in my class, they would get a 0 and a note to see me after class.

Friday, July 6, 2012

New Blog - Saigon Quarters

I've been spending most of my time delving into matters of historical interest as part of the Old Saigon community.

In the meantime, I have been accumulating lots of pictures and background on the fate of BEQ (Basic Enlisted Quarters) and BOQ (Basic Officer Quarters) located in Saigon during what is called the "American War" in Vietnam. Old Saigon is generally focused on French-period architecture so my new blog Saigon Quarters is looking at the 60's & 70's period with a particularly military slant.

Darryl Henley Collection. Virtual Vietnam Archive.

Most of the buildings won't be very pretty to look at, especially considering their current state, but I hope those interested in the historical significance will give it a visit.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Ho Chi Minh City implements more 1-way streets

Update: Thanh Nien News provides a little more information on what direction everything will be for some of the streets here
Ho Chi Minh City traffic authorities will be implementing more one-way streets in town beginning this month and extending over the next few months. Here is a brief summary of the changes.

Visit Tuoi Tre news for a full breakdown.

Bùi Thị Xuân - Sương Nguyệt Anh (Q.1)
One-way for all vehicles
Cao Thắng - Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai - Nguyễn Thiện Thuật - Phạm Viết Chánh - Cống Quỳnh (Q.1, Q.3)
One-way for Cống Quỳnh,
Phạm Viết Chánh.
Phó Ðức Chính - Calmette - Ký Con - Yersin và Nguyễn Công Trứ - Nguyễn Thái Bình - Lê Thị Hồng Gấm (Q.1)
One-way for all vehicles
Nguyễn Cảnh Chân - Trần Ðình Xu - Hồ Hảo Hớn - Ðề Thám (Q.1)
One-way for all vehicles
Hai Bà Trưng - Lê Văn Sỹ - Cách Mạng Tháng Tám (Q.1, Q.3)
One-way for cars only (2-way for motorbikes)
Thành Thái - Sư Vạn Hạnh (from Ba Tháng Hai to Tô Hiến Thành, Q.10)
One-way for all vehicles on both routes and all branch roads
Trần Tuấn Khải - Nguyễn Văn Ðừng - An Bình - Nguyễn Thời Trung (Q.5)
One-way for all vehicles
Lạc Long Quân - Ni Sư Huỳnh Liên
(Q.Tân Bình)
One way from Hồng Lạc (in the direction of Lạc Long Quân to Ni Sư Huỳnh Liên) and Ni Sư Huỳnh Liên (from Hồng Lạc to Lạc Long Quân).
Ngã tư Bốn Xã (Q.Tân Phú)
Phan Anh will become one-way (from ngã tư Bốn Xã to hẻm 252 Phan Anh)
Trường Chinh - Tân Kỳ Tân Quý - Tân Sơn Nhì (Q.Bình Tân)
One-way for cars on Tân Kỳ Tân Quý, Tân Hải,
Trường Chinh, Tân Sơn Nhì
Tân Thành - Âu Cơ - Lũy Bán Bích
(Q.Tân Phú)
One-way for cars in select areas
Ngã sáu Gò Vấp (Q.Gò Vấp)
Nguyễn Văn Nghi will become one-way
Nguyễn Thái Sơn - Nguyễn Văn Nghi - Lê Lợi - Nguyễn Văn Bảo (Q.Gò Vấp)
Nguyễn Văn Nghi, Lê Lợi, and Nguyễn Văn Bảo will become one-way.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Quotes about Vietnam #1

 On musician Pham Duy's ability to transcend the politics between overseas Vietnamese (Viet Kieu) and those within Vietnam:

"Meanwhile more and more expatriate Vietnamese are starting to ignore the voices of the hard right and seek exchanges and relationships with people within Vietnam. The yearly expatriate commemoration of the loss of the southern republic, originally called the “Day of National Bitterness” (Lễ Quốc Hận) is now being referred to in a less emotionally charged way as the “Day of National Upheaval” (Lễ Quốc Biến). The changes now occurring on the two sides, are all of a small, random, individual nature, like the shifting of grains of sand on a beach or the falling of leaves in autumn, but there can be little doubt as to the eventual outcome. And when the two sides finally make their peace with each other, Phạm Duy, who foresaw the outcome throughout his life, will be waiting for them." - Pham Duy and Vietnamese History by Eric Henry

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vina-This, Vina-That

If you need a company name in Vietnam, the safest bet is to use the ubiquitous "Vina" label. Vina, from the pronunciation of the single letters of V and N in Vietnamese is found everywhere.

Here's a yearbook-style coverage of some of the best:

Most likely to be misinterpreted: Vinashin
Is it a prosthetic company? Soccer guard supplies? Ah no, it's the biggest and most-floundering SHipbuilding INdustry company.

Most ominous: Vinacontrol
Is it a wing of the Minsitry of Public Security and an arm of the propoganda branch? Nope, they just inspect machinery and equipment

Most likely to form rockin' hair band: Vinametal

Most Vietnamese: VinaNguyen
It's hard to get more Vietnamese than that.

Most likely to be confused for cuisine style: Vinatex
Soon to be usurped by my company Vinatexmex.

Most nearly redundant: Vinawine
If only they had gone with Vinavino.

Even better is that you can tell where products are from based on their name: Halida, Habaco (Hanoi), Sabaco (Saigon), Cholimex (Cho Lon), Agifish (An Giang), Huda (Hue-Danish technology beer) and so on.