January 2015 News and Event Updates

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

Sony PE and Descender• Sony Pictures Entertainment acquires film rights to comic book series by bestselling author Jeff Lemire and bestselling comic artist Dustin Nguyen. [CA]

Supervisor Andrew DoAttorney Andrew Do’s win in the O.C. supervisor race represents a rise of Asian American politicians.

Vietnamese American protestersvietnamese American protesters demand that Riverside sever its city ties with Can Tho, Vietnam.


News about Viet Nam

Dissident and journalist Doan TrangDissident journalist and blogger Doan Trang says, “It is time for us to build our society, our economy, and not abandon it.”

Kilo-class HQ-182 attack submarine• The third of six planned Kilo-class attack submarine arrives in Vietnam.

Forbes VietnamForbes Vietnam unveils its “30 Under 30” list, featuring 30 Vietnamese individuals who stand out in their industries.

Mime artist Nguyen Hoang TungVietnamese mime artist Nguyen Hoang Tung performs in the hope that pantomine makes a comeback in Vietnam.

Mil;itary shipsVietnam and the Philippines have banded together against China.

Vietnamese Embassy in ThailandVietnam opens its first hotline service to help protect Vietnamese citizens abroad.

Gay pride parade in VietnamWhere gay rights are concerned, Vietnam is progressing faster than some U.S. states.

Other News

Atmosphere of disrespect• Andrew Lam opines on the “atmosphere of disrespect” for teachers in the U.S.

Gaven Reefs, Spratly Islands• Ignoring international laws, China continues construction of port and other facilities in disputed waters in the East Sea.

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


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