This is an extended version of me in a new location, with some stories to add and a past to reckon on. Anyway, it is still me in writing.
1. An old me
My name is Hoa Nguyen, a journalist from Vietnam who had spent 16 years on reporting, editing, and managing jobs. At that time, just like most of those who are familiar with the news industry, I was always busy and often brought pressure home after a long enough day of work.
Well, I was traveling quite extensively then. I have been to the UK, Germany, France, Turkey…
I was walking past Peet’s Coffee along East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Maryland reckoning back and forth between hilly pads of blossoming coffee trees in Vietnam’s highlands and its products on a shelf at an Asian Mart elsewhere in the US. Vietnam dominated the coffee industry as the second-largest producer in the world. Brazil is still the number one, no offense!
The connected sphere with its most vibrant keyword, digitalization, has brought Vietnamese coffee worldwide.
In 2020, during a health crisis, the country projected output of 32.2 million bags. Aloha, there is something to that.
Digitalization is about as sexy…
My name is Hoa Nguyen, but I love to go by Henry Nguyen because it is much more comfortable to pronounce and familiar to most people in the United States. ( I have tested this with my friends at UMD Campus, and it works, actually.)
I worked in the media industry in Vietnam for 16 years before embarking on an academic journey to acquire a Ph.D. in Journalism and Communication Studies. Believe me, and you would not want to listen to how I have survived all of its ups and downs over the last five years.
It could be almost outdated going back one year to talk about computer science these days. There is so much happening in those 365 days, big and small. However, I could not find a better way without going back almost a decade/decades to learn more about the concept of Cognitive Computing.
First of all, let me flashback to a news article on The New York Times interviewing the then Chief Executive and newly appointed chairwoman of I.B.M, Virginia M. Rometty in 2012. She mentioned a room-size computer that defeated its human rivals, called Watson. …
Unlike any other time in my life, this Lunar New Year, I stayed at home and read a bit about information technology and investments in Vietnam. The Tet festival was a mix of good and bad news. While some provinces and cities had been applying strict measures to cope with Covid-19 spreads, the good news came with new projections for the country’s development in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) in tandem with new economic priorities road-mapped by the 13th National Party Congress.
Tết, tết, tết đến rồi
Lẵng lặng 365, tết rồi cũng đến
Nghe rỗng rang như lòng giếng
Nhân thế tình tang,
Triệu chiếc khăn tang
Thế giới tang hoang
Nguyệt quế thiên đàng
Tiếng gió reo vui
Lác đác lá rơi một chút phận người
Thương áo trắng áo xanh cười gượng
Chút niềm riêng
Bóng mây trôi
Soi bóng nước
Nhẹ như tơ trời
Khắc khoải cánh chim
Sương vinh gió nhục hằng hà sa
Gạch đá vô thường vô úy thân
Thập phương nhất chúng vô nhất vật
Before earth, before the sky came no mine
Space goes its way and no time to fly
No up no down ten directions embrace the sun
No fate no date nothing to be done
Since a coincidence, hence life becomes
A single leave starts from a chain of predestined some
A no-self sees everything as none
In a sea of none sparks a light of one.
Humans see through their eyes, ears, tongue and nose
They act on behalf of greed, anger and delusion
The roots of all come from attachment to the impermanence
In a jungle of ignorance trapped…
GROUP 6: THE IDENTITY PROJECT
Tuesday, July 24th, 2018:
We held a meeting at Parker Hall to assign five interviewers for the project. Guess how the conversation went? It was kind of an interesting exchange of ideas and discussion of the processes. The interviewers were Lindsey, Alex, Victoria, Rawad, Gaby and Josh.
We ran a pilot interview with one of the participants to see if the set of questions we had compiled were germane to the requirements of the project.
So far so good!
I love to tell stories. My stories cover issues in digital economy, content creation and sometimes, data science.