Joe Ruelle, a Canadian expat well-known in Vietnam with the nick name Dau tay has just published Nguoc chieu vun vut (Zigzagging against traffic), his second book in Vietnamese language, Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper reported.
Ruelle, 33, has studied Vietnamese, hosted a weekly television show, appeared in comedy skits and maintained a newspaper column in Vietnamese, according to the report.
Famous movie director Le Hoang says he is a foreigner who "writes better (in Vietnamese) than Vietnamese."
The latest book is a collection of more than 60 articles he wrote, most of which were published in newspapers and magazines, in the last four years.
Ruelle has edited the book himself.
He told a newspaper that the difference between his second book and first was the same as that between a 12-year-old and six-year-old.
The first was about love stories while the second is about the thoughts of a person of marriageable age who prefers to remain single.
Among the stories in the latter are those on an expat's angst during Lunar New Year, the life of single women, and positive culture shocks -- like when an expat, who is scared of banh chung, the square sticky rice cake, is confronted by a Vietnamese family that wants to share its culture with him by sharing a cake.
He says culture shocks are sometimes a good way to get to know other cultures.