diaCRITICS News & Events: May 21, 2018

diaCRITICS News & Events: May 21, 2018

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

■ Events

VAOHP - Viet StoriesVIET STORIES: Recollections and Regenerations is an art, history, and oral history exhibition at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California from February 17, 2018 to May 28, 2018.

Opposite of LookingHương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s work The Opposite of Looking is Not Invisibility will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from March 18 to August 19, 2018.

■ News from the Diaspora

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Democracy Now!Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses migration, US Wars, and more with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Shopping strip Village de l'EstVietnamese who forged a Community, Village de l’Est, in New Orleans are worried it now may be fading.

7 Leaves foundersSonny Nguyen and his family “are constantly lighting the way” for other small businesses.

■ News from Việt Nam

Dr Nguyen Thanh Liem► Called “the father of pediatric medicine in Vietnam,” Dr. Nguyen Thanh Liem says “My mission is to help as many suffering children as possible.”

VNHelp Program's Phi NguyenNon-profit VNHELP has been helping the poor for 30 years and wants “the kids to have a stable life with a real job where they can make a living.”

#MeToo VietnamThe #MeToo movement in Việt Nam has seen little progress because sexual harassment and violence against women are “often regarded as a normal way for men to treat women.”

Pham Doan TranPham Doan Trang’s book, Politics for the Masses, is banned in Vietnam; nevertheless, she continues reporting on politically forbidden topics related to environmental concerns, freedom of religion, and matters of online civility.

Chay Ngai Di► Young Vietnamese pop star, Son Tung M-TP, breaks YouTube record in Asia with his song, Chạy Ngay Đi, or Run Now.

► The US Agency for International Development and the Vietnam Air Defence – Air Force Service signed an agreement for a project on dioxin remediation in Bien Hoa.

Chinese-invaded Woody IslandImperialist China has landed bombers on disputed territory in the East Sea, demonstrating that their bombers are now within attack range of all Southeast Asian countries.

New music video with Bích Phương singing Bùa Yêu
by Tiên Cookie, Phạm Thanh Hà, and DươngK.

■ Human Rights in Việt Nam and in the Diaspora

Tran Hoang PhucVietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 20/2018 – Week of May 14-20. “There are concerns for young activist, Tran Hoang Phuc, as he suffers from hepatitis C in prison; Phuc is being denied medication and visits from family . . . ”

Nuns protestingPlainclothes policemen and thugs beat nuns belonging to the St. Paul de Chartres convent.

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