What happened in December 2014: news and events relating to Vietnamese at home and in the diaspora. Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Viet nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.
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Viet Kieu in the news
• For the Vietnamese diaspora, the South Vietnamese flag remains a symbol that represents them “as Vietnamese people.”
• California will launch its first Vietnamese-English immersion program in the fall of 2015.
• The territorial dispute in the East Sea is also being fought by the Vietnamese immigrant community in Orange County.
• The Vancouver Vietnamese community holds a vigil for Tony Du, who was shot and killed by police.
News about Viet Nam
• Twelve Vietnamese workers trapped for nearly four days in a collapsed tunnel have been rescued.
• Experts warn Vietnamese farmers’ overuse of pesticide “will affect plants, soil, water sources and humans.”
• The Vietnamese police arrest another prominent blogger who’s critical of the government.
• Recent Vietnamese films depict gay characters grossly exaggerated, which viewers dislike.
• Doctors from the Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation provided free surgery to sixty children born with cleft lip and palate.
• Two of the eight Asian-American authors in 2014 on the recommended must-read list are Vietnamese Americans.
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.