March 2016 News and Events

What happened in March 2016: 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]


Viet Kieu in the news


Viet Thanh Nguyen• diaCRITICS’ editor, Prof. Viet Thanh Nguyen, is now also one of the ten Critics-at-Large for the L.A. Times books pages. Read his essay on being a writer.


Dr. Nhung Tran-DaviesNhung Tran-Davies, a former Vietnamese refugee, pays it forward by sponsoring a Syrian refugee family.


Quynh Paris at Style Fashion Week• International fashion designer Quynh Paris unveiled her Fall/Winter 2016-2017 collection at the Style Fashion Week in West Hollywood. See more photos. More.


Vietnamese refugees rescued in 1978Some refugees rescued in 1978 tell their stories.


Uber's CTO, Thuan PhamThuan Pham, once a refugee, is now Uber’s Chief Technology Officer.


Trang Thu PhamPolice arrests Trang Thu Pham, who had been vandalizing and stealing from two Santa Ana Buddhist temples.


Thinh Nguyen's 'Constructions of disquiet'• An exhibit by Vietnamese American artists explores ideas of “cultural identity.”


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News about Viet Nam


VietJet flight attendantsNguyen Thi Phuong Thao‘s strategy to use bikini-clad models on VietJet flights has helped make her Vietnam’s first self-made woman billionaire.


Low cost, quality prosthetic• Australian researchers are trialling to deliver low cost, quality prosthetic limbs to patients in Vietnam.


LIVW 1st Literary award ceremonyThe League of Independent Vietnamese Writers’ members and supporters gathered for the group’s first literary award.


Treating tuberculosisVietnam’s progress against tuberculosis may be reversed due to depleting funds.


MTTS neonatal equipmentNga Tuyet Trang developed medical equipment and practices that helped treat newborn babies in developing countries.


South Vietnam flag• Three women in Vietnam who demonstrated with the South Vietnam flag in 2014 have been sentenced.


tombs of unknown soldiersGerman companies will help the Vietnamese government to identify the remnants of an estimated 500,000 dead.


Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan• Vietnam’s parliament elects Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the first woman to lead the Communist-dominated legislature as its chairwoman.


Other News


Journalist Cath TurnerLet us look back and not forget: Cath Turner, a correspondent for Al Jazeera English, tells her story.


US-China perspectives• Pew Research updates its findings on how Americans and Chinese see each other.


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