diaCRITICS News & Events: February 5, 2018

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

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News from the Diaspora

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

TS Eliot prize goes to Ocean Vuong's debut collection "Night Sky With Exit Wounds"


Family members of murdered victim Tommy Le filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against county officials.

Tommy Le’s Family Sues King County Over the 20-Year-Old’s Death, Claiming Racial Bias


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

Danny Chau reflects about life and foods


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

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


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

A child victim of trafficking


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]

Kathy Tran, Virginia’s first Vietnamese American elected official, is one of several new female delegates and senators that plan to change the makeup of Virginia’s General Assembly.


Bich 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.”

Angry Reader of the Week Bich Minh Nguyen


News from Việt Nam

Vietnamese 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.

Vietnamese midfielder Quang Hai tops AFC U23 best goal list


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

In the early 1960s, the CBC band was popular with the U.S. troops.


Vietnam and Cambodia open border market to facilitate trading.

Mr. Pan Sorasak, Cambodia's minister of commerce (left) and Vietnamese ambassador to Cambodia Vu Quang Minh


Is 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?

The drive to recentralize Vietnam


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


Other

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

Vote NO on Bill H3361


Mai Elliott: “The act of pacification is violent.”

Mai Elliot The New York Times Op-Ed


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

Lost Lessons Of The Vietnam War


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

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


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.

A new documentary reveals how Dupont hid the dangers of chemical C8 found in Teflon


Obituaries

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

Actress Hiep Thi Le


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

Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese American bishop in U.S., dies at 77


Peace!
RP

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