Although we’re still in the beta phase of this new site, we’ll publish new content periodically. Now it’s September, Tháng 9, and contributor Julie Nguyễn offers a recap of August happenings in the general interest of a Vietnamese American. She most likely missed a few things, Vietnamese and not, so if you come across something you think should be shared, please send them to Julie via this email: ngujle [at] gmail [dot] com.
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This is a short one. August saw riots in London, Libyan rebels in Tripoli, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Dedication in DC, and Hurricane Irene, to name a few.
Vietnamese in the News
Rescued victims of human trafficking from the Việt Nam-China border has forced some communities to question their rigid mores and the ‘value’ of their women. And one woman making that happen, one thread at a time. NYT
A pro-democracy French-Vietnamese dissident journalist was jailed in Việt Nam on account of subversion. He’s been given a ‘lenient’ sentence of 3 years for being a Frenchman. BBC
Profile: Tuyet Le working against the Model Minority Myth and organizing the Asian American communities of Chicago. Chicago Tribune
And apparently it’s Agent Orange’s 50th anniversary after its first use in Viet Nam in 1961. Saigon-GP Daily
And I should just mention that in the helicopter crash over Afghanistan, where 30 US troops were killed, among them was a fellow SEAsian, a Laotian-American. Sioux City Journal
(thx VTN for many news items! ^_^)
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