August 2013 news and events updates relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora.
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Viet Kieu in the news
• The evolution of several Vietnamese restaurants in the Atlantic City area are recounted. [Photo: Jessica Kourkounis]
• Released details of the Vanessa Pham’s death reveals how her kind gesture to a stranger ended her life.
• An abandoned factory at Zone 9 is transformed into the new art hub in Hanoi. [Photo: Julie Vola]
• Many art lovers in Hanoi hope Number 9 Tran Thanh Tong will become an arts district.
• The U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Le Thanh An, ended his 3-year term.
• The Vietnamese American communities push for improved human rights and free speech in Vietnam. [Photo: Bethany Mollenkof]
• America is willing to overlook much of Vietnam’s human right violations in order to advance America’s political and economic positioning.
News about Vietnam
• Vietnam’s queen of hip-hop, Suboi, has found ways to get around censorship.
• Leaders of the Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Cao Dai and Hoa Hao faiths in Vietnam are calling on Hanoi to keep its pledge to fully respects human rights.
• Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, in a move to further repress bloggers and social media users, signed a decree limiting the exchange of online information. [Photo: HP]
• The US responds to the proposed internet law that will restrict online uses for Vietnamese citizens.
• Five Vietnamese bloggers voiced their concerns about government restrictions of political expression to a Swedish diplomat in Hanoi. [Photo: Le Hong Phong]
• An appeals court upheld the sentences for a Vietnamese shrimp farmer-turned-folk hero and for three of his family members. [Photos: Reuters]
• Reporters Without Borders petitions for the immediate release of 35 imprisoned human rights activists.
• Many LGBT members held the second gay pride parade with the hope of reducing prejudice and discrimination against their community.
• Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent jailed dissidents, has ended his five-week long hunger strike.
• Dishonest seed providers cheated hundreds of farmers by substituting U.S.-grade seeds with inferior Chinese seeds.
• Contrary to polls in recent years, news reports indicate Vietnamese “appear to be less happy and less optimistic than they were.”
• Arsenal fans have been petitioning to end the club’s association with the HAGL (Hoang Anh Gia Lai) Group–which has been accused of human rights abuses. [Photo: AFP]
• VNN presents ten unique means of transport for tourists in Vietnam.
• The meeting between presidents Truong Tan Sang and Barack Obama did little to ease Hanoi’s repressive stance.
• The United Nations criticizes Vietnam for its execution of a convicted murderer.
• Research findings suggest a cure for cancer may be found in the gastrointestinal tract. [Photo: Dr. Wei-Jie Zhou]
• As Asia gains global dominance, energy is its Achilles’ heel.
• A new magazine for adult adoptees “challenge[s] the traditional narrative” by discussing race in the adoption experience. [Photo: Jennifer Simonson]
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.