April 2015 News and Events

What happened in April 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

South Vietnamese fleeing• For many Vietnamese Americans, “the war has not ended.”

Black April commemoration“How can we leave the past behind? . . . We think about it in the present.”

Last chance“The plain fact that the American war in Vietnam was a mistake and a crime . . . is about the only plain fact there is.”

Vietnamese refugees off Malaysia in 1978Looking back: Over 80,000 Vietnamese immigrants came to Australia following the Vietnam War.

Vietnamese refugees in 1979Vietnamese refugees in England recall their ordeals.

Vietnamese-American High school studentsLa Quinta High has the highest concentration of Vietnamese-American students of any high school in America.

Earthquake victim Vinh B. TruongA Vietnamese-American is among the dead in Nepal earthquake.

Stacy Thuy MedirithA Vietnamese-American woman returned to Vietnam to visit her Vietnamese mother’s tomb and reunite with relatives.

A street marker in Little SaigonLittle Saigon in Orange County is “a world within a world.”

Scene from 'Ride the Thunder'Little Saigon residents watch their story on screen.

Nguyen Qui Duc's Whose War?Whose war?

Tent cityLooking back at Vietnamese refugees in Camp Pendleton’s 1975 ‘tent city’

To be Vietnamese“I’ve learned that to be Vietnamese American is to accept a mixed legacy of incredible survival and unspeakable pain. “

Gen. Viet LuongGeneral Luong recalls, “I knew right back then that I want to serve our country.”

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News about Viet Nam

South Vietnamese soldiers• “We traded millions of lives for independence and equality . . . [only] to strip Vietnam’s people of their money and their rights while a tiny elite fills its pockets and hides behind the rhetoric of the revolution.”

Pres. Truong Tan Sang and Barrack ObamaRelationship between Vietnam and the US is “on par with those of other Southeast Asian nations.”

Unexploded US bombsThe dangerous search for undetonated bombs by the U.S. is still ongoing.

Msgr Petro Nguyen Van TaiVietnamese Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai will be remembered for serving the church in Asia for decades.

2015 ASEAN People's forum• At ASEAN People’s Forum (APF) Vietnamese civil groups raise issues concerning freedom of religion and expression.

Water conservation chart• Three Vietnamese researchers specializing in water resource management have concluded that “Vietnam is currently among the countries deficient in water.”

PEW Study• Four decades after the Vietnam War, the Vietnamese public sees its former foe as a “helpful ally.”

Amerasians' stories• Forty years after the fall of Saigon, Amerasians–soldiers’ children–are still left behind.

Other News

North Vietnamese troops• How the American War is seen by the North Vietnamese.

April 1975 US Marine evacuation“When it comes to Vietnam, we have all learnt to forget.”

Fiery Cross ReefASEAN expresses concerns about Chinese land reclamation projects in the South China Sea risk.

Allegation against Korean troops Newly-found evidence may provide proofs that Korean troops not only committed civilian massacres in Vietnam, but that they also pimped out Vietnamese women.

Australian shipThe Australian government returned almost 50 asylum seekers to Vietnam.

Vietnamese war victimsVietnam veterans of Korea force cancellation of event with survivors of civilian massacres by South Korean troops during the Vietnam War.

Doomed Operation Babylift flight• Three individuals talk about the doomed Operation Babylift.

Prof. Christopher Giebel• The 40th anniversary of the war’s end “should be occasion for more self-reflection and less finger-pointing on all sides.”

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

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