Sep 3, 2017

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Letter from Hanoi: A Complicated Story of Academic Burden (Lắc léo ngoằn ngoèo của cái nợ “cầm thư”)

Letter from Hanoi: A Complicated Story of Academic Burden (Lắc léo ngoằn ngoèo của cái nợ “cầm thư”) Letter from Hanoi: A Complicated Story of Academic Burden   I had just arrived at the office when I got a phone call from my cousin K.L this morning. She informed that she had passed the entrance exam for Ph.D. program in economics. I sighed in relief and sent her my heartiest congratulation.   “How about tuition fee? Will your parents pay fully or part of it? Wanna support from me?” I asked like an elder sister who cares much about her younger sister   “Entirely, of course. But your support will be welcomed,” K.L replied in a thrilled voice.     I was sure that a sum of between $200 and $500 from mine plus the rest covered by her parents would be enough, given the maximum cost for a Ph.D. program often stays at just around $2,000. Upon hearing my suggestion, K.L jolted out: “Good heavens! It’s not worth


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