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boston bombersAN FRANCISCO -- As the story of the Tsarnaev brothers unfolds – from asylum, to attempts at assimilation and finally to terrorism -- I hear echoes of another set of brothers from my own country, Vietnam.

On April 4, 1991 three Vietnamese brothers and a friend – all teenagers – took over an electronics store in Sacramento, California. The group held forty-one people hostage, garnering national attention as journalists flocked outside the store. Inside, the boys prowled about with their guns, the hostages tied up.

What did the Nguyen brothers want?

dinnerDOHA (April 25, 2013) - During a recent flight from Rome to Doha on the award-winning Qatar Airways, I was impressed, as I usually am with carriers from the Gulf, with their approach to in-flight service.

While other carriers make it clear that flight attendants (perhaps trying to shake their, unfair, reputation as "flying waiters and waitresses") are there for passengers' safety and downplay the hospitality element, airlines like Emirates and Qatar understand that comfort is key to customer satisfaction.

immigration billPonte Al Día, Op-ed, Ponte Al Día Editorial Staff, Posted: Apr 17, 2013

If there are any winners in the immigration reforms set out by the bipartisan Senate “Gang of 8” in the 844-page bill they released Tuesday night, it would have to be big business — which will see a significant increase in visas allotted to high-skilled workers and a new system of temporary visas for agricultural workers and low-skill laborers — and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — which not only is entrusted with all aspects of border security but gets a hefty chunk of the bill’s $17 billion price tag to do it.


Ah youth, that flower that we hope never fades, that excitement, that joy, that fearlessness, that devil-may-care attitude towards life, that fleeting flame that flickers but for a moment and then fades.

But until then, youth is to be enjoyed, and as George Bernard Shaw said, “The joys of youth are wasted on the young.”