July 2013 News and Events Updates

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

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Memorial for Gabriella Gi-Ny Luong An infant tragically dies in a family car. [Photo: Frank Couch]

An American soldier in Vietnam A reflection on how the Vietnam War could have been shortened. [Photo: AP]

Agent Orange victim Military scientists had known that the Agent Orange herbicides shipped to Vietnam were contaminated with dioxin and would harm human health. [Photo: AP]

• California State University Fullerton will launch a program offering classes for a bachelor’s degree in Vietnamese language and culture, as well as training teachers to teach the Vietnamese language.

An extortion attempt revealed details of a bizarre plot involving Vietnamese Americans.

News about Vietnam

Billionaire Pham Nhat Vuong, Chairman of Vingroup Vietnam’s only billionaire opens a mega mall in Hanoi. [Photo: Justin Mott]

Fertilizer factory polluting locals villages Excessive exploitation of rivers and lakes in Vietnam has lowered the down water levels and polluted water resources of local communities.

Presidents Sang and Obama U.S. President Obama and with the president of Vietnam, Truong Tan Sang, pledged to deepen trade and military ties. [BBC][Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP]

Vietnamese demonstrating for human rights As the U.S. beds with the poliburos and tries to maximize profits in Vietnam, Vietnamese pro-democracy activists “no longer look to the United States as their major supporter.”

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LGBT members demonstrating for their rights Vietnam’s lawmakers are discussing expanding LBGT rights.

Work on cleaning Agent Orange The BBC’s reports on a strategy at repairing the damage caused by Agent Orange.

Second generation Agent Orange victims Four decades later, Agent Orange continues to poison the land in Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. [Photo: Tish Wells/MCT]

Worries over care for Agent Orange victims Many parents of Agent Orange victims worry about their care. [Photo: Tish Wells/MCT]

Dissident Nguyen Van Hai Dissident Nguyen Van Hai is in a “very weak state” as he continues his hunger strike in prison.

Workers transporting goods In Vietnam, 15-17% of its the population have hepatitis B or C.

McDonald's will open in HCMC McDonald’s will open its first branch in Vietnam. This can only portend that more unhealthy food will be introduced into the Vietnamese diet. [Photo: Jeff Roberson/AP]

Other News

Kooskia internment camp An American internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry was discovered deep in the mountains of northern Idaho.

• I’m including this article because I know some of you have been itching to know this bit of information.

Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.

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