December 2014 News and Event Updates

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

Photographer Benjamin Vu• For the Vietnamese diaspora, the South Vietnamese flag remains a symbol that represents them “as Vietnamese people.”

Vietnamese school children• California will launch its first Vietnamese-English immersion program in the fall of 2015.

Anti-China protester• The territorial dispute in the East Sea is also being fought by the Vietnamese immigrant community in Orange County.

Phuong Na (Tony) Du• The Vancouver Vietnamese community holds a vigil for Tony Du, who was shot and killed by police.

Actor Dustin NguyenSee Dustin Nguyen in a trailer of “The Man with the Iron Fists 2”.


News about Viet Nam

Rescued workersTwelve Vietnamese workers trapped for nearly four days in a collapsed tunnel have been rescued.

Pesticide overused in Viet Nam• Experts warn Vietnamese farmers’ overuse of pesticide “will affect plants, soil, water sources and humans.”

Online newsThe Vietnamese police arrest another prominent blogger who’s critical of the government.

Overt gay characterizationRecent Vietnamese films depict gay characters grossly exaggerated, which viewers dislike.

Children with cleft lip• Doctors from the Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation provided free surgery to sixty children born with cleft lip and palate.

Other News

Vietnamese American authors• Two of the eight Asian-American authors in 2014 on the recommended must-read list are Vietnamese Americans.

Reading literatureReading literature transform us.

APIs support BlacksAsian Americans support #BlackLivesMatter.

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


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