Thursday, April 9, 2009


You can't drive/walk/ride a block in Hanoi without seeing a sign for AIG. Well, not a sign per see, but a jersey with AIG written on it. For those of you who don't know, AIG is a sponsor of the Manchester United football club. Man U, as my students often call it, is by far the most popular football team among the Vietnamese. It is no exaggeration to say that at least three students in all of my classes own a Manchester United jersey.

I'm definitely no financial wiz and can't claim to be that smart when it comes to the financial bailouts that are happening in America BUT doesn't the USA kind of own AIG these days? And if that is the case, does that mean the USA is sponsoring Manchester United?