DiaCRITICS News & Events: February 19, 2018: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora. Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.
► 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.
► Art of Struggle, Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art, Charlotte NC. February 1 – 28, 2018. In the midst of a nationwide racial and gender reckoning, North Carolina artists MyLoan Dinh, Susan Brenner, and Charles Farrar address how contemporary art challenge us to confront our fractured reality, and what role does the artist play in this challenge.
► 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.
■ News from the Diaspora
► DC has recruited Minh Lê and other authors for a new series of Young Reader Graphic Novel.
► Danh Vo‘s Take My Breath Away exhibition addresses imperialism, war, and terrorism often with dark humor.
► The beaten and enslaved life of a Vietnamese trafficked victim is recounted.
► After pursuing a dream for twenty years, Kequyen Lam at 38 goes to the Winter Olympics.
■ News from Việt Nam
► Families of kidnapped girls suffer from fluctuating emotions of distress, confusion, anguish, despair, sadness, frustration, helplessness, hope.
► Seventeen Vietnamese women sold as brides to men in China were rescued from a cross-border human-trafficking network.
► Vietnamese martial arts, Vovinam, is being used to wean kids off screens and addictions to booze and drugs, and to ease depression.
► The government is trying to nurture solar power generation instead of nuclear power as the country’s main source of electrical power. [No doubt, some of you will miss that glowing three-eyed fish delicacy. Well, that’s the price of clean energy, eh?]
► A very funny advertisement features delightful and beautiful singer Bích Phương.
[WARNING: Laughing out loud may result from watching this video.]
■ Human Rights
► CBS News Poll compares opinions taken in 1985 and in 2018 relating to U.S. involvement in Vietnam
Peace! [or not]