As the COVID-19 virus spread from China to Europe, the spread of new cases has become one of the biggest health, lifestyle and economic threats to the globe and financial markets. The pandemic has also birthed a new round of racism and animosity toward Asians. Today's governments want to strictly control migrants, tourists and even multinational corporations. Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna Ivan Vejvoda calls into question the current state of the world and its functions.
Another year has passed and America begins to rush again, busy wrapping up the festivities of the new year. However, in Eastern Asia, people anticipate two New Year celebrations: New Year's Eve and Lunar New Year’s Eve, unlike the singular New Year celebration many western countries participate in, Jan. 1. The first difference between New Year’s Eve and Lunar New Year’s Eve is the day of celebration. Western countries often consider January 1 on the solar calendar as the start of a new year. Meanwhile eastern countries, including Vietnam, often use the lunar calendar, meaning the new year will start later between January and February.
The daily life of residents of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) gives me a very familiar and simple feeling. The lifestyle and pace in Vietnam is always bustling. At only six in the morning, traffic is crowded, the voices of people's laughter bounce between the tall buildings and bartering echoes in the streets.
“Alone and abroad.” While this term may scare many international students, I still thrive. I thought of life abroad as filled with colors and opportunities, but nobody told me about the difficulty of fitting into American life.