diaCRITICS News & Events: February 5, 2018

diaCRITICS News & Events: February 5, 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.

■ News from the Diaspora

Poet Ocean Vuong► Prize-winning poet Ocean Vuong wins the TS Eliot prize.

Tommy Le's family filing lawsuitFamily members of murdered victim Tommy Le filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against county officials.

Yummy sandwichDanny Chau reflects about life and foods.
[WARNING: Do NOT view this page on an empty stomach.]

Vance McElhinney Vance McElhinney reunited with his birth mother more than 40 years later.

A victim of forced laborA child victim of trafficking has been ordered for deportation from England back to Vietnam.

VA delegate Kathy Tran► Virginia’s first Vietnamese-American elected official, Kathy Tran becomes the 42nd District’s representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates. [From a refugee camp to public office]

Bich Minh NguyenBich Minh Nguyen: 1) “[It] would be easier to list what doesn’t make me angry.” 2) “The racism and xenophobia I experienced and witnessed in my childhood has not changed.”

■ News from Việt Nam

Midfielder Nguyen Quang HaiVietnamese midfielder Nguyen Quang Hai tops AFC U23 top list in two matches.
VIE vs UZB: Quang Hai received 64% (139,704) of the votes.
VIE vs QAT: Quang Hai received 25% (53,970) of the votes.
Quang Hai received 88% (193,674) out of 100% of the votes.
Excited Vietnamese fans must have been the majority of voters.

The CBC Band performing► Formed in the early 1960s, the CBC band was popular with the U.S. troops.

Pan Sorasak and Vu Quang MinhVietnam and Cambodia open border market to facilitate trading.

Fist flagIs the Communist Party reasserting central command in a reversal of the đổi mới reforms that began in 1986 which allowed free markets and limited local democracy?

► Vietnamese rapper Karik and singer Orange release their new collaboration, Người Lạ Ơi! Nice!

■ Other

Opposing racial classification.“We need to stop any attempt to divide Americans to ‘Real Americans’ and ‘Less Real Americans’.”

Displaced Vietnamese from 'pacification' programMai Elliott: “The act of pacification is violent.”

U.S. soldiers► A contributor opines that the U.S. is ignoring the lessons of Vietnam. [Is it “ignoring” or “denying”?]

Frances FitzGerald’s 1972 Fire in the Lake was “a prime example of Edward Said’s Orientalism . . . a work of pseudoscholarship.”

Teflon carcinogen► A new documentary reveals how Dupont hid the dangers of chemical C8 found in Teflon, which has now been linked to six diseases, including testicular and kidney cancers.

■ Obituaries

Actress Hiep Thi Le Hiep Thi Le’s life could have been a movie but instead she tumbled into a career as an actress.

Bishop Dominic Luong► The first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic bishop in the U.S., Bishop Dominic Luong dies at 77.




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