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David Calleja
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David Calleja is an independent writer based in Melbourne, Australia. You can email him at davidjcalleja@gmail.com

Vietnam: How I Almost Bought the Reunification Palace

Vietnam: How I Almost Bought the Reunification Palace

On a mission to secure a piece of Vietnam's history. …

Encounters With Rogue Monks in Ho Chi Minh City

Encounters With Rogue Monks in Ho Chi Minh City

Damn my stupid generosity and wanting to make a difference in Tet. …

Book Review: Escape From Camp 14

Escape From Camp 14 rates as one of the best books ever written on the indignity of life and death in North Korea’s vast labyrinth of political prisons.…

A Visit to The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Museum

My destination was The Killing Fields, a lasting legacy of the auto-genocide planned and executed by the Khmer Rouge and its psychotic leader Pol Pot. …

Review: This Is Not A Film

What do you get when two directors get bored and cannot agree on what they want to do? They record each other filming and send a powerful message in the…

A Night at the Theatre With Vietnam’s Water Puppets

A Night at the Theatre With Vietnam’s Water Puppets

On a warm evening in Hanoi’s Thanh Long Theatre, the best way to cool off and be entertained is watch a few wooden characters tell a story while floating in…

Film Review: The Lady

Watch this film to be inspired by an outstanding woman whose life work has met and overcome extraordinary obstacles, but will only be complete when the long-held military myth of…

Burma: To Dream the Impossible Dream… A Future with Prospects

With reports in the media referring to a possible change in Burma’s political landscape under President Thein Sein, the future for Burmese refugees in camps like Nupo remains unclear.…

Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Art Diary by Antonio Graceffo

Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Art Diary by Antonio Graceffo

American author Antonio Graceffo traverses Cambodia to reveal Bokator in Khun Khmer: Cambodian Martial Arts Diary.…

Cappuccino with a Country Monk

On Good Friday, Christians connect with God. But as I ran across Flinders Street station and raced down the stairs while clutching a bag of donuts and a take-away cappuccino…

Hanoi, Quy Nhon and My Bargaining Curse

Hanoi, Quy Nhon and My Bargaining Curse

From the moment I arrived at Hanoi’s main bus depot late at night after a 27 hour bus ride, I had a bad feeling about what would transpire. The only…

Postcard from Soweto, January 1999

My doctor tried to persuade me to change my mind about going to South Africa in November 1998. He told me about an acquaintance whose friend had been shot while…

Burmese Army ‘Demoralized’ and Under ‘Great Strain’

Burma’s pro-military parliament has passed a new law paving the way for compulsory service in the Burmese Army for up to five years in the case of a state of…

Meeting Elvis in Vietnam

Meeting Elvis in Vietnam

Elvis is not dead. The King has come back as an elephant and lives in one of Vietnam’s most famous nature reserves. I have experienced riding bareback on an open…

Challenges facing Burma with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

Challenges facing Burma with the release of Aung San Suu Kyi

In Charlie Chaplin’s satirical look at World War 2, The Great Dictator, the comic genius lampoons Adolf Hitler in his memorable role as Adenoid Hynkel, leader of the Double Cross.…

A day visiting Uncle Ho and my new Hanoi family

A day visiting Uncle Ho and my new Hanoi family

Be honored to learn about Vietnam’s past, embrace the local people you meet, and encourage them to achieve their future goals as if they were your own. That will provide…

Book Review: Warrior Odyssey

Book Review: Warrior Odyssey

Warrior Odyssey is a wonderful book to read because it provides new insights into appreciating culture from an angle not ordinarily covered.…

The Diaries of My Lai Orphan Tran Van Duc

The Diaries of My Lai Orphan Tran Van Duc

Here is Tan Van Duc's story, in his own words.…

Australia’s Political Stalemate Set to Continue

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard held a media conference in Canberra on Monday, declaring that an end to the country’s political deadlock may take some time.…

Australian Election Produces First Hung Parliament in 70 Years

Australian Election Produces First Hung Parliament in 70 Years

Four independents and a Greens MP will determine who governs Australia in the coming weeks as the nation's election points towards a hung parliament for the first time since World…

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