September 2014 News and Events

What happened in September 2014: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora. Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Viet nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.


AIA tour• The Archaeological Institute of America’s Art & Architecture of Vietnam & Cambodia (land tour) starts in November 2014.

Viet Kieu in the news

Nguyen Xuan HoangHoang Xuan Nguyen, editor of Viet Tribune and former managing editor of the Viet Mercury, dies at 74 of cancer.


News about Viet Nam

Artist/curator Tran LuongVietnamese visual artist Tran Luong along with eight other artists received the Netherlands’ Prince Claus Award.

Stock banner in HCMC • Outstripping Hanoi in investment and growth, HCMC is “key to Vietnam’s efforts to revive a national economy.

Vietnamese CatholicsVatican and Vietnamese officials meet to improve “bilateral relations.”

Consumers prefer luxury goodsVietnamese under 30 years old prefer foreign branded goods, but this would adversely affect domestic goods production.

Orphanage in Bac Ninh province• After a six-year ban, Vietnam and the United States will soon resume limited inter-country adoptions of children with “special needs and those over 5 years of age.”

Fighting in Cambodia• Twenty-five years after withdrawing from Cambodia, Vietnamese veterans are still haunted by their experiences of the war with Pol Pot’s army.

Trade with ChinaMany Vietnamese worry about the trade deficit with China and want to Vietnam to expand trades with other countries.

Other News

Fleeing Saigon in April 1975Rory Kennedy’s documentary, “Last Days in Vietnam,” recounts the desperation of Vietnamese fleeing Saigon in 1975.

U.S. President Gerald Ford• The Fall of Saigon: “We Americans want to wake up as fast as possible from our historical nightmares, whatever the cost to other people.” It’s the American nature.

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


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