November 2013 News and Events

What happened in November 2013: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora.

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Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen A Vietnamese American muslim convert pleads not guilty to terrorism charges. [KCAL][LAT][Image: Mona S. Edwards]

Red chilis• Huy Fong Foods, maker of Sriracha hot sauce, is being sued.

Tet parade protesters• The organizers of the Little Saigon Tet Parade in Westminster have voted against allowing the Vietnamese LGBT group to participate in the 2014 Tet event.

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News about Vietnam

A bridge damaged by flooding caused by a storm Severe floods triggered from a storm in south-central Vietnam have killed at least 31 people and left many thousands homeless. [WSJ]

Vo Nguyen Giap's funeral General Vo Nguyen Giap’s death may “signals the final disappearance of moral decency” in Vietnam. [Photo: Doan Ky Thanh]

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Truong Tan Sang Russia will continue to supply military hardware and will build Vietnam’s first nuclear power plant. Also, Russia and Vietnam signed 15 cooperation agreements that are expected to double their trade by 2015. [Photo: Na Son Nguyen]

A saola, known as an "Asian unicorn"• Environmentalists successfully photographed an “Asian unicorns” in a remote Vietnam forest.

Computer use is increasing, but security is lacking The progress of Vietnam’s digital economy is thwarted by an “‘epidemic’ of malware attacks.”

Vietnamese money• Two Vietnamese businessmen are sentenced to death for embezzling $25 million. [BB]

Le Duc Trung, director general of the Vietnam National Mekong Committee Vietnam joins Cambodia in questioning Laos’s Don Sahong dam project on the Mekong River in southern Laos.

Same-sex wedding A draft law proposes to lift ban on gay marriage but to not formally recognize it.

Scammer Ngo Minh Hieu A Vietnamese national has been indicted in the U.S. for allegedly stealing and selling hundreds of thousands of Americans’ personally identifiable information. [TD]

• For many students, their future hangs on a single test.

Other News

Activists demonstrates against China Campaign groups protest the election of the five countries, including Vietnam and China, to the U.N. Human Rights Council. [RFA][[VOA]

Maid cafe in Vietnam• I recently discovered this interesting story from May 2013 that reveals another socio-cultural aspect of young Vietnamese.



Here’s a few more news items from previous months that I had missed concerning:

Agent Orange cancer rates among Asian Americans• Vietnamese Americans and Agent Orange,




Vietnamese Americans' political engagement • Vietnamese Americans and political engagement, and




Soldier paying tribute to Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap Vietnamese Americans’ reactions to Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap’s death.

Kidney cells• Researchers and scientists have developed a way to study kidney diseases that may yield new strategies for restoring kidney function.

• A professor of English and journalism opines about Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap.

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

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