September 2013 News and Events

September 2013 News and Events: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese diaspora (Việt Kiều).

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Filmmaker Bao Minh Nguyen• Bao Minh Nguyen’s web series about the Viet kieu returning to Vietnam to work will be released in early 2014.

Viet Kieu in the news

Michelle Phan with her ssiter and mother• Michelle Phan talks about her how she got started with Youtube and how her dream to save her family led her to her success today.

Vince Tran connects with his customers• A story of how Vince Tran went from boat person to owning a 7-Eleven store in Arlington, virginia.

Anti-Vietnamese Sam Rainsy• Many Cambodian-born citizens of Vietnamese descendant are still treated like immigrants. [Photo: Nicolas Axelrod]

Huan Le bottles cà phê sữa đá • A Vietnamese American bottles cà phê sữa đá, called Calphin, and plans to distribute it nationally.

Dustin Nguyen's film, Lửa Phật• Justin Nguyen’s awesome-looking film, Lửa Phật, will be released worldwide.

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News about Vietnam

Geriatric nurse A shortage of geriatric nurses in Japan and Germany has caused the two countries to look to Vietnam for training prospective students.

UK plastic surgeon helps children• A team of top London plastic surgeons travelled to Vietnam to help disfigured children of Agent Orange.

Coffee beans• As supplies of coffee beans decreases, prices of the Vietnamese coffee increases.

Vietnam• “Recent political, social and economic circumstances” in Vietnam indicate its civil society may be undergoing vital changes.

Injured Catholic protester• Police-thugs, in a violent religious crackdown, attacked hundreds of Catholics who were demanding the release of two parishioners.

Decree 72 affects internet users• Vietnam’s controversial law, Decree 72, goes into effect banning Vietnamese online users from discussing current affairs.

Impressions of Vietnam• A BBC correspondent gives his impressions of Vietnam.

More Vietnamese are developing “a sense of responsibility for society, for the environment.”

Two Vietnamese Americans are arrested for loan sharking activities in Westminster.

Other News

Kim Phuc and other children running from Napalm• A professor opines on what American exceptionalism should be.

Thich Quang Duc The Associated Press will reprint some 250 Vietnam photographs in a book titled “Vietnam: The Real War.” See more photos. [Photo: Art Greenspon]

Polish diplomat Janusz Lewandowski• Janusz Lewandowski, the Polish diplomat who was sent to Vietnam to explore ways to negotiate peace, dies.

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

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