What happened in August 2015: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. [Note: Comments (in brackets “[ ]”) are the opinion of the poster and does not reflect the view of diaCRITICS]
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Viet Kieu in the news
• Kathy Nguyen announces on her Youtube channel that “LILCDAWG is BACK?!”
• Vietnamese Americans in Louisiana: “We did it together.”
• Marian Days 2015 Reflection: “They don’t want to lose their identity or their value that they have in Vietnam.”
• Seattle police delays responding to minority-owned businesses.
• Inspired by their parents, five siblings chose “a lifetime of helping others.” [In contrast, Jennifer Pan wanted her parents dead.]
• Vu Tran on his first novel, Dragonfish: “I thought . . . that a noir or crime framework allowed me to say a lot of other things.”
• Exhibit in Santa Ana tells the story of the Vietnamese community’s 40-year history in Orange County. [OCW: more photos]
• Ex-Vietnamese refugees and former sponsors reunite after 40 years.
News about Viet Nam
• A Vietnamese man was injured in the Thailand bomb explosion.
• Officials estimate 10 per cent of the population suffer from mental illness and mental disorders.
• A Chinese oil rig will continue bullying strategy in the South China Sea by drilling close to Vietnam’s coast.
• In a pre-emptive move to make the dong more competitive, Vietnam’s central bank has said it will not devalue the dong for the rest of the year.
• Truong Duy Nhat, a recently-released rights campaigner and blogger, has re-launched his website, which scrutinizes Vietnam’s one-party communist government.
• Singapore has turned away 2,000 Vietnamese nationals during a 7-month period at cost to Vietnamese airlines. [Simplest solution is don’t go to a country that doesn’t welcome us.]
• Nguyen Quoc Cuong, an 18-year-old, uses his cobbling skills to help customers from poor or disadvantaged backgrounds.
• Britain’s prime minister visits Vietnam to discuss doing business.
Special thanks to Viet Thanh Nguyen for providing many of the news items.