What happened in January 2015: 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
• The overseas Vietnamese community in London have been gathering every Saturday to practice Vietnamese and learn about Vietnamese culture.
• Jury awards $4.5M to Nguoi Viet Daily News in slander lawsuit.
• Domestic disputes lead to mass murder in Edmonton.
• NBC reporter Cung Kim, a Vietnamese American, is crowned Miss Nebraska and will go on to compete in the Miss USA pageant.
• Asian-American woman vandalizes statues of Buddha at the Huong Tich Temple.
• New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen is being courted by Hanoi T & T of the V-League.
News about Viet Nam
• Newly appointed Archbishop Pierre Nguyen Van Nhon says there is still much to be done for the estimated 6 million Catholics in Vietnam. [VOA]
• The Victoria and Albert Museum in the U.K. showcases Nguyen Ha Dong’s popular mobile game ‘Flappy Bird’ as “an influential innovation.”
• Vietnam will begin work on a museum to house artifacts and documents pertaining to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
• Being the world’s second-largest rice exporter in the world in 2014, Vietnam is in urgent need to develop a national rice brand.
• Chinese coast guard ships attacked and pillaged several Vietnamese fishing boats that were operating around the Hoang Sa (Paracel) islands.
• A woman who had been scamming the Memphis Vietnamese community is wanted by the police.
• Judith Beals, a former Massachusetts assistant attorney general, says violent racist Mark Wahlberg “should not be pardoned because he did not acknowledge the racial nature of his crimes.” Compilation of Walhberg’s crimes
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.