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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• 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 talks about her how she got started with Youtube and how her dream to save her family led her to her success today.
• A story of how Vince Tran went from boat person to owning a 7-Eleven store in Arlington, virginia.
• Many Cambodian-born citizens of Vietnamese descendant are still treated like immigrants. [Photo: Nicolas Axelrod]
• A Vietnamese American bottles cà phê sữa đá, called Calphin, and plans to distribute it nationally.
• Justin Nguyen’s awesome-looking film, Lửa Phật, will be released worldwide.
News about Vietnam
• A shortage of geriatric nurses in Japan and Germany has caused the two countries to look to Vietnam for training prospective students.
• As supplies of coffee beans decreases, prices of the Vietnamese coffee increases.
• “Recent political, social and economic circumstances” in Vietnam indicate its civil society may be undergoing vital changes.
• Vietnam’s controversial law, Decree 72, goes into effect banning Vietnamese online users from discussing current affairs.
• 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.
• A professor opines on what American exceptionalism should be.
• The Associated Press will reprint some 250 Vietnam photographs in a book titled “Vietnam: The Real War.” See more photos. [Photo: Art Greenspon]
• 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.