January 2015 News and Events

What happened in January 2015: 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

Overseas Vietnamese in LondonThe overseas Vietnamese community in London have been gathering every Saturday to practice Vietnamese and learn about Vietnamese culture.

Nguoi Viet DailyJury awards $4.5M to Nguoi Viet Daily News in slander lawsuit.

Mass murders in Edmonton, CADomestic disputes lead to mass murder in Edmonton.

Cung Kim wins Miss Nebraska• NBC reporter Cung Kim, a Vietnamese American, is crowned Miss Nebraska and will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant.

Woman vandalizes  Huong Tich TempleAsian-American woman vandalizes statues of Buddha at the Huong Tich Temple.

Soccer midfielder Lee Nguyen• New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen is bing courted by Hanoi T & T of the V-League.


News about Viet Nam

Archbishop Nguyen Van NhonNewly appointed Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon says there is still much to be done for the estimated 6 million Catholics in Vietnam. [VOA]

Flappy Bird is showcased• The Victoria and Albert Museum in the U.K. showcases Nguyen Ha Dong’s popular mobile game ‘Flappy Bird’ as “an influential innovation.”

Planned Hoang Sa Museum• Vietnam will begin work on a museum to house artifacts and documents pertaining to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.

Vietnamese rice export• Being the world’s second-largest rice exporter in the world in 2014, Vietnam is in urgent need to develop a national rice brand.

A woman artisanVietnamese women do well in male-dominated crafts.

Vietnamese fishermanChinese coast guard ships attacked and pillaged several Vietnamese fishing boats that were operating around the Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands.

Other News

Scammer wanted by policeA woman who had been scamming the Memphis Vietnamese community is wanted by the police.

Racist Mark Wahlberg• Judith Beals, a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general, says violent racist Mark Wahlberg “should not be pardoned because he did not acknowledge the racial nature of his crimes.” Compilation of Walhberg’s crimes

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


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