June 2014 News and Events

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

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Viet Kieu in the news

Police Officer Tu Tran•Police officer Tu Tran speaks Vietnamese “so they trust” him.

Gov. Hieu Van Le•With only an “invisible suitcase filled with dreams,” former refugee Hieu Van Le will be the next governor of South Australia.

Fr. Lam Minh Hua• Recently ordained, Father Hua heads for mission work in Africa.

Suicide note protesting China's occupation• Thu Hoang sets himself on fire to protest China’s occupational forces on Vietnam’s territory.

Working in HCMC• Vietnamese Americans and others are drawn to Vietnam because of “more jobs, cheap living and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure overseas.

Nguyen Ngoc Minh ThanhAn orphan from Operation Babylift locates his paternal father.

Dustin NguyenDustin Nguyen has a cameo role in the movie, 22 Jump Street.


News about Vietnam

Nguyen Thanh Phong's 'Dragon General'Vietnamese-made comic books face a tough challenge in a field dominated by Japanese manga.

Vietnamese diplomat Ton Nu Thi NinhThe EU countries “should speak with a clearer and louder voice” by stating that the Chinese actions are dangerous for regional peace and security.

Chinese Coast Guard ship invading Vietnamese waters•China’s Xi Jinping: “There is no gene for invasion in Chinese people’s blood.” Translation of doublespeak: “China don’t invade other countries; we just like to ignore international laws, ram defenseless fishermen’s boats, move oil rigs into Vietnamese territorial waters, takeover other countries’ islands, construct our buildings on them, and populate their islands with Chinese military “tourists.”[VNB][B]

Vietnam needs to reduce trade with China•Economists urge Vietnam to reduce its trading dependence on China, the sooner the better.

Other News

Vietnamese nurse trainees in Japan•Vietnamese trainees start nurse program in Japan.

Street lined with flags• Vietnam continues its fight for national independence against China.

Toward the East Sea• An associate professor of political economy discusses the conflict between Vietnam and China.

Tofu• Enjoy your tofu, but also know about the different types.

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

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