What happened in October 2013: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora.
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Viet Kieu in the news
• A Vietnamese Americans anthropologist investigates the myth about gay people in Vietnamese culture and history.
• The Vietnamese Community Association in Perth, Australia, unveiled a monument commemorating refugees who died after the end of the Vietnam (American) War.
• The demand for foreign-grown marijuana in Vietnam involves the Vietnamese diaspora in North America.
• Here’s some more interesting tidbits about your favorite hot sauce, Sriracha.
News about Vietnam
• The authoritarian government in Vietnam is attempting to stomp out religious worship by ethnic minorities.
• Hundreds of participants took part in a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples.
• Vietnam brushes aside safety concerns regarding its seven planned nuclear plants.
• Vietnamese authorities continue to suppress religious practice throughout the country.
•Seven Chinese charlatans were found practicing as doctors at a clinic in HCMC.
• Another boy in central Vietnam is killed by UXO.
• As the coffee harvest starts, coffee buyers are paying a lower premium.
• Increased air travel in Vietnam “is growing by double digits.”
• A new device helps bicyclists with their daily work commute.
• Green Berets commander who was involved in a scandal during the Vietnam (American) War dies.
• An international study on Alzheimer’s disease has identified 11 new genes that may help understand the causes of the disease.
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.