December 2013 News and Events

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

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Viet Kieu in the news

Thanh Campbell writes about tracing his root A former “Operation Babylift” toddler, Thanh Campbell now traces his family root and writes about his experiences.

MK Nguyen works for VAYLA MK Nguyen works for the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans, an organization that supports East New Orleans’ Vietnamese community. See the fourth section in article.

Vietnamese community donates to typhoon victims in the Philippines The Vietnamese community in Edmonton donates money for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Huy Fong Sriracha“Sriracha,” the film, not the hot sauce, premieres on the internet. [HP]

Nước mắm used in American dishes• Vietnamese’s favorite sauce, nước mắm, is being used in American dishes.

Westminster City Council approves Tet parade even though it excludes LGBT members.

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News about Vietnam

Crossing the street is dangerous in HCMC• Crossing the streets in HCMC is a life-threatening activity. [Photo: Bach Duong]

Charity show raises money for typhoon victims in the Philippines• The Tuoi Tre newspaper’s charity show raises money for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

A scene from the film, 'Underground'• The online short film festival, YxineFF, has been maturing and gaining viewers.

Using social marketing to combat malnutition

• The Vietnamese government and international donors are looking into using “social marketing” to fight malnutrition.

Police searching for illegal Chinese products Chinese copycat products are flooding Vietnam’s market, which has resulted in Vietnam’s trade deficit to China increasing to US$20 billion. [TTN]

Real estate market seeing growth• The real estate market may be moving but its Achille’s Heel remains the banking sector.

Nguyen Tan Dung bows to China• MUST READ: Once again, to the detriment of its people, the Vietnamese government bows to China’s “soft power.

Other News

Asian Americans' shopping preference A report confirms that Asian Americans now rank as the “most prolific and impulsive buyers” in the United States (and yet they are still discriminated against by U.S. retailers).

Lidar mapping of Angkor Wat• Airborne laser technology reveals more details of the area surrounding the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia.

Digestive system• New research points to probiotic supplement or regulated diet as potential ways to prevent colon cancer.

Cpt. Howard Levy• Excerpts from Howard Zinn’s book, People’s History of the United States, summarize events relating to the Vietnam (American) War from 1964 to 1972.

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

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