Category: South Asia

Mr. Duong, Translator

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam January 10, 2008 I met Duong Van Ngo this morning in Saigon’s ornate colonial era post office. He was sitting, as he apparently does just about every day, at the …

Tea and Poverty

Kandy, Sri Lanka January 6, 2008 Tea requires poverty. That is the main conclusion I reached after a visit today to the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea growing region in the hill country around the …

Fishmarkets and Nativity Scenes

Laying fish out to dry, Negombo Negombo, Sri Lanka January 2, 2008 Today we headed north, out of Colombo and along the coast to the town of Negombo. We passed by some of Colombo’s poorer …