In the Diaspora: February 2016

What happened in February 2016: socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Vietnam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. [ Comments (in brackets “[ ]”) are the opinion of the poster and does not reflect the view of diaCRITICS]


Announcement


Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Cao announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate race in Louisiana. [2016.03.01]Joseph Cao


Viet Kieu in the news


Amanda Nguyen is the force behind the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act.Amanda Nguyen


• More than 30 years later, five Vietnamese new wave pioneers reunite to form the New Wave Tour.New Wave Tour


Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran is cast in the Star Wars: Episode VIII, The Force Awakens.Kelly Marie Tran


• On returning to Vietnam, Nguyen Van Tan, an orphan from the Operation Babylift: “I’ve got ghosts I need to lay to rest.”Nguyen Van Tan


• Speculations about a possible replacement for Justice Scalia include Judge Jacqueline Nguyen.Judge Jacqueline Nguyen


• A former hostage, cab driver Long Ma, forms an unlikely bond with his former captor.Cab driver Long Ma


News about Viet Nam


“Đội bay toàn nữ đã thực hiện 4 chuyến bay thành công.”phi công và các tiếp viên


Climate-smart practices and technologies should help to improve Vietnam’s white gold industry.Vietnam's white gold


Koreans and Vietnamese commemorate the mass killing by Korean troops of over 1,000 civilians in 1966.Commemorating mass killing by Korean troops


Canada launches a new visa program “to make it easier and faster for Vietnamese students” to study in Canada.Canada Express Study


An Amnesty International report cites, “Vietnam in 2015 was characterized by severe restrictions on freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.”Nguyen Van Hai (L) and Ta Phong Tan


Other News


• In agreement with the Vietnamese government, the Catholic Church will officially open a Catholic university in 2016.Catholic University in Vietnam


While ASEAN leaders and President Obama call “for peaceful resolution of the region’s maritime disputes,” China deploys its missiles on contested islands.2016 ASEAN


U.S. President Barrack Obama plans to visit Vietnam in May 2016.President Obama at ASEAN summit


A World Bank Group‘s report recommends steps to help “lift Vietnam to upper-middle-income status.”World Bank Group


Chinese President Xi Jinping wants to develop bilateral ties for the “fundamental interests of the two countries.” [Translation: Beijing will continue to illegally build up its military forces in the contested islands to make sure Vietnam submits to China’s imperialist interests.]Chinese HQ-9 missiles


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


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