December 2014 News and Events

What happened in December 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.

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Viet Kieu in the news

Stacy Nguyen• After decades of nightmares, a Vietnamese refugee finds solace through painting.

Mayor Bao Quoc NguyenBao Nguyen, the “young rabble rouser [who] has found his own center” takes office as mayor of Garden Grove. [NV2]

Operation Babylift• A Vietnamese orphan from the controversial airlift, Operation Babylift,“has spent his life questioning who he is and what could have been.”


News about Viet Nam

Catholic churchThe canonization of Father Francis-Xavier Truong Buu Diep “has given the green light.”

Abortion clinic• Vietnam’s high abortion rate suggests problem stems from conflicting contraception advice.

Metal coffee filterVietnamese coffee is known for its thick sweetened condensed milk.

Offshore Spratly Islands• Through formal submission to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague, Vietnam supports the Philippines’ arbitration case. [Reuters][Bloomberg]

Writer Nguyen Quang LapVietnamese writer, Nguyen Quang Lap, has been arrested for reportedly publishing criticism of the Communist government on his blog.

Theater director Le Quy DuongLe Quy Duong has become the first Vietnamese to elected to the executive council of the International Theater Institute (ITI).

Contestant Nguyen Thi LoanContestant Nguyen Thi Loan is
in the top 25
of the Miss World 2014.

Hu tieuHu tieu is setting the Vietnam’s Mekong Delta on a path to prosperity.

Other News

U.S. Amb. Ted Osius III• Ted Osius is sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam . [State]

Brothers Trinh Ba Phuong and Trinh Ba TuThe lingering issue of land rights remains a difficult problem.

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


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