October 2014 News and Events

What happened in October 2014: Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Viet nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.


AIA Vietnam tour• The Archaeological Institute of America’s Art & Architecture of Vietnam & Cambodia (land tour) starts in November 2014.

Idealist: ELI VietnamVIETNAM: ELI Youth Initiative at Idealist Fair in various cities from November 3 to 12.

Viet Kieu in the news

Nina PhamNina Pham “is getting the best treatment possible and will pull through”

Refugee sisters visit churchRefugee sisters renew ties with the church that sponsored them in 1979.

Michelle Phan new bookMichelle Phan’s book, Make Up details how she achieved “her unconventional career success.”

Gia Lai cars• The Gia Lai Team car rally raises awareness to help the needy children of Vietnam.

Yongah Hill detention centreFifty Catholic Vietnamese asylum seekers will be released from the Yongah Hill detention centre.

Former model Ngoc Thuy_199x149Former Vietnamese model submitted U.S. documents as part of her anti-defamation lawsuit against a Vietnamese news website.


News about Viet Nam

The Chapel wins WAF 2014• Vietnamese firm a21studio wins the World Architecture Festival 2014 best building award.

Bloggers demonstrateVietnamese activists are rallying for demonstrations against the government’s planned wasteful spending instead of invest ing the “money in education or health care, which are essential for life.”

Online users in Hanoi• Compare to other southeast Asian counties, Vietnam leads in video Consumption.

Pirated ship location• Missing Vietnamese oil tanker has been released by pirates.

Flapping in the Middle of NowhereNguyen Hoang Diep’s film, Dap Canh Giua Khong Trung (Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere) won the best film category at the International Critics’ Week

Motorbikes overcrowdingMotorbikes remain the most convenient means of transportation for most Vietnamese and its number is rising quickly.

Other News

Lifting arms embargoThe US may partially lift its decades-old lethal weapon embargo to help Vietnam boost its maritime security.[Reuters][Economist]

Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.


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