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.
►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.
■ 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.
► The Vietnamese expat population in Japan quadruples over five years, but unfortunately these Vietnamese nationals are already Japan’s main criminal minority.
► 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.”
■ 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”.]
► Thousands of Vietnamese Catholic couples from around the world gathered to celebrate a Jesuit program that helped their marriage.
► 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]
► 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]
► 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).
► Thousands of US sailors have taken part in a “charm offensive” while on a port call to the Da Nang.
► A Japanese association mediating internship programs for foreign students allegedly ripped off pay from Vietnamese nationals.