Communist Leadership and a Vietnamese Prison

Nhiem, (Chairman) Dihn, and Friends

Nhiem, (Chairman) Dihn, and Friends

Today, I wake up and meet Nhiem, the man with whom I spent Christmas evening. This morning, he is taking me out for coffee to meet his brother. He is the recently retired district Party Chairman.

Hammer and Sickle

Hammer and Sickle

As in “Communist Party”.

Yep, one of the senior leaders of the Communist party. Responsible for 1.1 million Vietnamese people. Continue reading

Christmas Dinner

DSC01407I roll into Tay Ninh on December 24th largely to see what this Vietnamese Cao Dai religion is all about and to see their Temple. I’d been in town for only 15 minutes, when walking through a park, I meet a local man named Nheim. We walk through the park and talk for about 30 minutes and he is great company and eager, it seems to practice his English.

He is great fun to talk to, has a very engaging personality, and is forthcoming with all kinds of information on his town, things to do, and Cao Dai. As we say our goodbyes, he invites me to his house the next day to meet his wife and have dinner. Christmas dinner with a Vietnamese couple…count me in! Continue reading

December 25th: Merry…..something….?!?

Child at Carnival on December 24th - Tay Nihn, Vietnam

Child at Carnival on December 24th – Tay Nihn, Vietnam

On this day, arbitrarily picked by Romans during a forced conversion from Paganism to Christianity, I am an American in a communist country, touring a Cao Dai Temple, then attending their midnight mass in Tay Nihn, Vietnam..

Main Altar and the All-Seeing Eye at the Cao Dai Temple

Main Altar and the All-Seeing Eye at the Cao Dai Temple

So, for these reasons, I’ll simply say, “Happy December 25th everyone!” Continue reading