"Under the light of the Asian moooon…" drawled the radio. I’m remembering a bus ride we took while near the Mekong Delta.

"He doesn’t know what the words mean; he just likes the sound," said Hue, referring to our bus driver.

"I love those dark haired ladies and the things they say," twanged the melody.

It was some American country western singer. There seems to be a recurring soundtrack in Vietnam — an eclectic selection of western songs that are popular here. We’ve heard this song several times, along with a saccharine selection of George Michael, Richard Marks and Vanessa Williams tunes, as well as part of the soundtrack from Top Gun. At first it seemed like a completely random combination of tunes, but at one hotel, they actually played Kenny G-like easy listening versions of all these songs on one album. The plot thickens…