Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Return to Vietnam

I first moved to Vietnam as a wide-eyed and highly putative English teacher, an 18-year-old on my first-ever trip to Asia.

Nine-and-a-half years later I'm returning to live in Hanoi once more, having been appointed Vietnam correspondent for the Financial Times.

It's a great opportunity to report on the change that rapid economic growth is bringing to this incredibly dynamic country and the many challenges that are arising as a result.

I've now left Jakarta and am back in my home town of London, waiting for the paperwork to be completed in Vietnam.

In the meantime, I'm reading as widely as possible about Vietnam and the region and trying to rekindle my Vietnamese language skills.

I will continue to blog for Asian Correspondent and look forward to helping drive the site on to bigger and better things.


  1. Welcome back - it's a wonderful city but then I'm biased.

    Hope it works out for you.

  2. Thanks Steve - can't wait to get back, although the height of summer probably isn't the best time to arrive.

  3. Congrats on the gig, richly deserved.

  4. Congrats! Remember to stay in touch. g

  5. As I explained in the comments on the Guardian story, I've been appointed the Vietnam correspondent for the FT but haven't started working for the FT yet.

    In the meantime, I'm continuing to freelance for a number of publications.