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Stanford prof’s Vietnam observations trigger social media backlash

Saturday, February 2, 2013

“You don’t have to spend much time in Vietnam before you notice something unusual. You hear no birds singing, see no squirrels scrambling up trees or rats scurrying among the garbage. No dogs out for a walk.”

That’s because, says Stanford professor and Pulitzer Prize winning former New York Times foreign correspondent Joel Brinkley, the Vietnamese like to eat them, which helps explain Vietnam’s “aggressive tendencies.” His piece was posted Tuesday on the Chicago Tribune’s website. Mercury News writes about the social media backlash.


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