February 2014 News and Events

What happened in February 2014: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora.

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Vietnamese Arts & History 2• March 2: Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center’s “Vietnamese Arts & History 2” event features a variety of performances and demonstrations, including Vanessa Van-Anh Vo.

Viet Kieu in the news

LGBT members march in Tet Parade• Members of the LGBT community marched in the Tet parade in Little Saigon.

Queen of Vietnam Shrine• In Texas, the Queen Of Vietnam Shrine is vandalized.

Author Bich Minh Nguyen• Vietnamese-American author, Bich Minh Nguyen, talks about her book, “Pioneer Girl.

Ham Tran's horror film, 'Hollow'• See the trailer for Ham Tran’s horror film, ‘Hollow’.

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News about Vietnam

McDonald's opens in Vietnam The first McDonald’s in Vietnam opens in Ho Chi Minh City, introducing the populace to Chicken McNuggets and other McFat foods. [Economist][ TNN][BBC][CNN]

Vaccinating chicken Vietnam bans import of Chinese poultry due to the new and virulent H7N9 bird flu strain in China.

Eco-friendly FDI Vietnam aims to attract eco-friendly foreign direct investment (FDI) projects

Rescued dog• Vietnam issues a directive to crack down on the illegal trafficking of dogs for human consumption.

Vietnamese government foiled anti-china protest• The Vietnamese government uses new tactic to prevent demonstrations by anti-China protesters. [VOA]

Hmong Christians Hanoi hospitals deny medical treatment to an ailing Hmong Christian leader.

Game developer Nguyen Ha Dong The “Flappy Bird” game is very encouraging for the future of the games industry in Vietnam.

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

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