February 2016 News and Events

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]

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

Viet Kieu in the news

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

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

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

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

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

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


News about Viet Nam

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

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

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

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

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

Other News

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

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

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

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

Chinese HQ-9 missilesChinese 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 fundamental interests.]

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


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