May 2016 News and Events

What happened in May 2016: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. [Comments (in brackets “[ ]”) are the opinion of the poster and does not reflect the view of diaCRITICS]

Viet Kieu in the news

Thuy Thi Nguyen Thuy Thi Nguyen becomes the first Vietnamese American president of a California community college, Foothill College.

Congregants protestingCongregants are divided by allegations concerning sexual and financial misconducts by the temple’s spiritual leader.

Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen• Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, a former refugee, has been appointed to lead the Australian Diocese of Parramatta.

Maxine Hong Kingston and Viet Thanh NguyenViet Thanh Nguyen and Maxine Hong Kingston, his former professor, met to discuss writing about war and peace.

Lip service is damagingAndrew Lam: “This seeming indifference to the Vietnamese struggle for true political reform while giving public lip service to human rights is damaging.”


News about Viet Nam

Suboi rapsSuboi raps for U.S. President Obama. See the whole speech.

President ObamaPresident Barack Obama urged Vietnam’s government to ease their human rights abuses.

Rice for export• Thailand’s plan to sell its rice stockpile will mean “harsh competition” for Vietnamese rice exporters.

Barrack Obama and Tran Dai Quang• President Barack Obama lifts the U.S. embargo on selling arms to Vietnam.

Honoring Pres. ObamaWith the U.S. arms embargo lifted, Vietnam will have access to the latest US military technologies and equipment to counter China’s martial aggression.

Tran Thi Hong• Vietnamese authorities interrogate Tran Thi Hong, wife of pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, because she met with a U.S. religious freedom delegation.

Long House• The Central Highlands’ ethnic minority groups in Vietnam have maintain “extraordinary native architecture.”

Grave site of massacre• Ex-US senator’s role in new university opens wartime wounds due to his involvement in a massacre of civilians.

Other News

ASEAN Health Care SpendingVietnam’s developing healthcare sector provides investors and foreign healthcare businesses exciting growth opportunity.

Tech in Asia: Anh-Minh DoFew people understand the “so-called Southeast Asian startup ecosystem.”

Trans-Pacific Partnership• The 26 January 2016 release of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text is available at this site.

Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing some news items.


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