July 2015 News and Events

What happened in July 2015: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Viet nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. [Note: Comments (in brackets “[ ]”) are the opinion of the poster and does not reflect the view of diaCRITICS.]

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Viet Kieu in the news

Thay Thich Nhat Hanh• Plum Village issues an update on Thich Nhat Hanh‘s health condition.

Vietnamese artists exploring• Vietnamese Americans Trinh Mai, Lan Tran, and Cara “TK” Le are “using art to explore new territory.”

Social activist, poet Bao PhiBao Phi talks about his background and his work.

Vietnamese emigre communityU.S. ambassador to Vietnam speaks to Vietnamese Americans about the Obama administration’s desire to strengthen relations with Vietnam.

MMA fighter Ben NguyenBen Nguyen: “It was probably one of the best feelings getting that approval from my parents.”

Nguyen Phuong AnhGoogle appoints Nguyen Phuong Anh as its new Head of Marketing, Google Asia Pacific for Vietnam.

Tri NguyenA short film documents refugee Tri Nguyen‘s story.

Lynda Trang DaiLynda Trang Dai: “I’m . . . a total Vietnamese traditional girl” who takes care of her family.”

Anh Minh on Paris by Night• Internet piracy threatens Thúy Nga’s future.


News about Viet Nam

A Vietnamese consumer• A survey finds majority supports the country’s market economy.

Vietnamese currency• Vietnam uses name-and-shame strategy to make businesses pay their taxes. [They should also use this strategy to expose corrupt government officials.]

Suboi (Hang Lam Trang Anh)• Constraint by the VCP’s suppression of sensitive information, Vietnamese rappers still find ways to express themselves.

Oversea students• Survey reveals Vietnamese parents spent around $1.8 billion In 2013 for their children’s overseas education.

Vietnam Writers’ Association (VWA)Some writers sidestep CPV dogma and publish online or in private presses.

Thuy Dung and the un-ao-dai• Former Miss Vietnam, Thuy Dung, is criticized for “wearing a dress that is ‘too Chinese’.”

Tech sectorVietnam attempts to “transform itself into a more technically savvy hub of innovation.”

Damaged Vietnamese fishing boatChinese ships continue to attack Vietnamese fishing boats.

ALternative teaching method• Vietnamese teachers continue using alternative teaching method.

Saigon, a bastion of capitalismSaigon “is voraciously capitalistic [and] seems firmly planted in the present.”

Other News

Wake 'Em Up! posterWriter/artist LeRon L. Barton discusses his participation in the “Wake ‘Em Up! Explorations of Asian Pacific Islander Solidarity in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement” event.

Marian Palaia's The Given World• “This novel is not so much about finding oneself but about the many ways of being lost.”

US soldiersA study published in JAMA Psychiatry finds former soldiers of the Vietnam War suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mental ill health.

Nguyen Phu Trong and Barrack Obama• US President Barack Obama held historic talks with Vietnam’s Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong.

Asylum seekers• The Australian government is urged to provide information concerning the Vietnamese asylum seekers.

Worl Bank's IDA projectThe World Bank reports on its International Development Association’s project in the cities of Dong Hoi, Quy Nhon and Nha Trang.

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


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