diaCRITICS News & Events: March 19, 2018

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.


Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 9 to May 9, 2018. Danish artist Danh Vo dissects the public forces and private desires that define individual experience and that the self is plural and inherently fluid, yet decisively shaped by larger power structures.

Take My Breathe Away

Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project at the University of California, Irvine announces the opening of VIET STORIES: Recollections and Regenerations, an art, history, and oral history exhibition in the Rose Hills Foundation Gallery at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California from February 17, 2018 to May 28, 2018.

VAOHP - Viet Stories

News from the Diaspora

Two men who tortured, raped and dumped Quyen Ngoc Nguyen’s body in a burning car have previous convictions for murder.

Quyen Ngoc Nguyen

The Vietnamese expat population in Japan quadruples over five years, but unfortunately these Vietnamese nationals are already Japan’s main criminal minority.

Vietnamese in Tokyo Vietnamese population in Japan quadruples over five years

A group of Vietnamese immigrants filed a lawsuit against U.S. officials alleging the government is violating federal law by indefinitely detaining them.

Filmmaker Long Tran’s films deal with “the essence of identity and how identity is perceived from the outside.”

Long Tran and crew work on a scene depicting the protagonist’s love interest as played by Annie Treux (Photo courtesy of Meiling Sproger UW Tacoma Film Club)

News from Việt Nam

Multi-talented and beautiful singer Nguyễn Hương Giang wins the Miss International Queen beauty pageants for transgender women. [After the pageant Nguyen pleas for transgender people to be given “a chance”.]

Nguyen Huong Giang wins Miss International Queen in Thailand at the beauty pageants for transgender women

Survivors of the 1968 US massacre in My Lai spoke about the murders of up to 504 civilians at the hands of US soldiers during the war in Vietnam.

50th anniversary My Lai massacre

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholic couples from around the world gathered to celebrate a Jesuit program that helped their marriage.

Vietnamese Catholic couples

Vietnamese-German writer Isabelle Muller’s best-seller about a Vietnamese woman from the central province of Ha Tinh has been published in Vietnamese.

Civic-minded Trân Phương Anh and her like-minded army of volunteers use their love of singing to help raise money for those who cannot afford medical expenses. [Their Youtube Channel: HÁT RONG TỪ THIỆN]

Tran Phuong Anh and volunteers raise money for those who cannot afford medical expenses

Thirty years after Vietnamese soldiers died defending Spratlys from China, their families still search for their sons’ remains. [China massacres Vietnamese soldiers on Spratly islands]

families of soldiers still search for their sons' remains Spratly reefs

Popular “thánh nữ Bolero” Jang Mi releases her rendition of a classic.


Vietnam ranks 95 out of 156 countries surveyed (Figure 2.2) in the newly released World Happiness Report 2018. In terms of changes in happiness, Vietnam overall decreased by a factor of -0.258 (Figure 2.3).

World Happiness Report 2018

Thousands of US sailors have taken part in a “charm offensive” while on a port call to the Da Nang.

US navy charm offensive in Da Nang

A Japanese association mediating internship programs for foreign students allegedly ripped off pay from Vietnamese nationals.




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