What happened in September 2015: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. [Note: Comments (in brackets “[ ]”) are the opinion of the poster and does not reflect the view of diaCRITICS]
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Viet Kieu in the news
• Vietnamese writer Vo Phien, who was endeared by fellow expatriates, dies at 89.
• Orange County’s DeMille Elementary offers the state’s first Vietnamese/English dual-immersion program.
• Vietnamese Americans persuade shopping center to replace Vietnam’s communist flag with the pre-communist flag.
• Formerly refugees themselves, Vietnamese Americans sympathizes with the plight of the Syrian refugees.
• Cynthia Trinh‘s photographs “[push back] against the stereotypes that frame the modern Asian-American experience.”
News about Viet Nam
• Victor Vu‘s movie, “Hoa Vang Tren Co Xanh” (Yellow Flowers on the Green Grass) won the best film award at the Silk Road International Film Festival.
• Police imprisons land-rights petitioner who protested against the government’s confiscation of her land.
• Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang talked about China violating international law and endangers maritime security and urged the U.S. to lift a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.
• Led by the manufacturing and the foreign-invested sectors, Vietnam’s economic growth accelerated in the third quarter with GDP up an estimated 6.81% from the year-earlier quarter.
• Vietnam’s stocks resume gains making it Asia’s best performer this year.
• Vietnam prepares for integration into the Asian Economic community.
• The illegal contamination of food with chemical substances is causing a surge of cancer patients in Vietnam.
• A Pew Research Center report predicts “Asians are on pace to become the largest immigrant group in the the United States.”
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.