August 2013 News and Events

August 2013 news and events updates relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora.

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Viet Kieu in the news

Restauranteur Lien Pham The evolution of several Vietnamese restaurants in the Atlantic City area are recounted. [Photo: Jessica Kourkounis]

Vanessa Pham Released details of the Vanessa Pham’s death reveals how her kind gesture to a stranger ended her life.

Entrance to Zone 9 Art District An abandoned factory at Zone 9 is transformed into the new art hub in Hanoi. [Photo: Julie Vola]

Nha San Collective in Zone 9 Art District Many art lovers in Hanoi hope Number 9 Tran Thanh Tong will become an arts district.

U.S. Counsel General Le Thanh An The U.S. Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Le Thanh An, ended his 3-year term.

Nguyen Quoc Quan of the Vietnam Reform Party The Vietnamese American communities push for improved human rights and free speech in Vietnam. [Photo: Bethany Mollenkof]

Detained Vietnamese immigrants in Moscow Behind the Moscow police government campaign that detained over 500 Vietnamese immigrants is “the xenophobia that is so prevalent in Moscow.” [Photo: Sergey Ponomarev] [IHT]

America is willing to overlook much of Vietnam’s human right violations in order to advance America’s political and economic positioning.

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News about Vietnam

Man found living in jungle A Vietnamese father and son have been discovered living in a tree house deep in the jungle. See more photos, including the tree house. [Photo: Tuoi Tre][HP]

Vietnamese rapper Suboi Vietnam’s queen of hip-hop, Suboi, has found ways to get around censorship.

Map of Vietnam 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 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]

Decree law will affect internet use The US responds to the proposed internet law that will restrict online uses for Vietnamese citizens.

Vietnamese bloggers enter Swedish Embassy Five Vietnamese bloggers voiced their concerns about government restrictions of political expression to a Swedish diplomat in Hanoi. [Photo: Le Hong Phong]

Farmer hero sentenced 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 Reporters Without Borders petitions for the immediate release of 35 imprisoned human rights activists.

Religious toleration Rival religions don’t incite attacks against each other.

LGBT celebrates 2nd Gay Pride Parade Many LGBT members held the second gay pride parade with the hope of reducing prejudice and discrimination against their community.

Dissident Pham Van Hai Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent jailed dissidents, has ended his five-week long hunger strike.

Farmers cheated by inferior Chinese seeds Dishonest seed providers cheated hundreds of farmers by substituting U.S.-grade seeds with inferior Chinese seeds.

Happiness poll Contrary to polls in recent years, news reports indicate Vietnamese “appear to be less happy and less optimistic than they were.”

Arsenal marketing 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]

Dug-out canoes VNN presents ten unique means of transport for tourists in Vietnam.

Decree 72 censors internet uses 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.

Other News

Stem cells Research findings suggest a cure for cancer may be found in the gastrointestinal tract. [Photo: Dr. Wei-Jie Zhou]

Oil tanker As Asia gains global dominance, energy is its Achilles’ heel.

Adoptee columnists to Gazillion 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.

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