By Kathy Kemper Published on 8/7/2008 Bangkok Post Hanoi, Vietnam August 7, 2008 — Three decades ago, China was a mystery to Americans.  Its society and economy were closed, and we viewed it as an appendage of the biggest and baddest of them all, the Soviet Union.  Today, the situation couldn’t be more different.  I,…

By Kathy Kemper Published on 8/4/2008 Bangkok Post Hoi An, Vietnam August 4, 2008 — There’s a buzz about Vietnam, and I’m not talking about 24 million mo-ped engines.  Vietnam is hot, and the word is spreading fast.  Continuing my tour of Southeast Asia en route to the Olympics, I see a country that’s vibrant and…

By Kathy Kemper Published on 7/29/2008 Bangkok Post Siem Reap, Cambodia July 29, 2008 — Thailand and Cambodia are once again disputing 1.8 square miles of land that surround the Preah Vihear temple, a spectacular Hindu shrine that was built in the 11th century.  The conflict has been all over the news, and it got…

Thirty-one year old Justin Gimelstob, who retired from professional tennis in 2007 after twelve years on the pro tour, is now playing on Washington DC’s first pro tennis team, the Washington Kastles, the newest franchise of the World Team Tennis Pro League. Gimmelstob holds two Grand Slam Championship trophies in mixed doubles. Q. Tell me…

  By Kathy Kemper – 07/24/08 08:42 AM ET I’m taking a breathtaking tour of Southeast Asia en route to Beijing for the upcoming Olympic Games. The Thais and Laotians are in awe of the United States. They want to emulate us in all respects — fashion, movies, trade, you name it — and be…

For 52 years, the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation has been keeping local kids off the streets by providing them a safe haven to do homework, play tennis and set personal goals. WTEF has a 100 percent graduation rate in which kids frequently achieve athletic and academic scholarships. When tennis legend and world-class philanthropist Andre…

  By Kathy Kemper – 06/27/08 07:20 AM ET Is he coming to our capital city over the Fourth of July weekend? Will he welcome fans, players, military, families, kids and media at opening ceremonies on July 2? Will he be on crutches? How long will he stay? Will he tool around Congressional Country Club’s…

By Kathy Kemper – 06/16/08 04:09 AM ET So many things come to mind in the wake of the passing of the great and gifted Tim Russert. But two are fitting for this column. First, what a small town our capital city still is, isn’t it? Nearly everyone has a Tim Russert story — about…