diaCRITICS News & Events: January 18, 2018

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.



THE CIRCUIT – A Movement Scenario

Durational Performances
18/01/2018 6 PM
OVAL SPACE – 29-32 The Oval, London E2 9DT
25/01/2018 3 PM
THE ROORSTEIN HOPKINS PARADE GROUND – 16 John Islip St, Westminster, London SW1P 4JU

The Circuit, A Movement Scenario by Moi Tran performing art

News from the Diaspora

Massachusetts’ 1st Vietnamese-American lawmaker, Dean Tran, a former refugee, to serve in the Massachusetts Legislature.

Senate victory another first for Dean Tran

Threats against Vietnamese-American Kelly Marie Tran highlight a fear of women who break sexist stereotypes.

Actress Kelly Marie Tran

Vietnamese trafficked victims are being “hidden in plain sight” in nail bars.

Nail-bar manager had £60,000 hidden inside soft toy as vulnerable girls forced to work without pay

News from Viet Nam

Vietnam’s hip-hop queen Suboi on the importance of stamina in the game.

Vietnam’s hip-hop queen Suboi

Mai Khoi, a courageous Vietnamese artist, celebrity, and dissident musician is featured in PEN America.

Mai Khoi, Vietnamese artist, celebrity, and dissident musician

Traffic accidents kill over 8,000 people in Vietnam in 2017. View the site’s feature video to see the different dangers that caused these deaths.

Traffic accidents kill over 8000 people in Vietnam in 2017

Vietnamese Catholics protest authorities’ interference in the life of their community.

Vietnam's Thien An monastery

Vietnam’s garment sector targets $34 bn export in 2018. [Yay! More clothes made in Vietnam and less clothes made in China.]

Vietnam's garment sector targets $34 bn export turnover


Vietnamese-American actress, Hiep Thi Le, of “Heaven & Earth” and other films, dies of cancer at 46. She was also in Timothy Linh Bui’s Green Dragon and Minh Duc Nguyen’s Touch.

Hiep Thi Le, ‘Heaven & Earth’ Actress

Heaven and Earth movie poster

Green Dragon movie poster

Touch movie poster

Vietnamese-American filmmaker Stephane Gauger passed away at the age of 47. He was director and writer of Owl and the Sparrow and Sài Gòn Yo!. Last October, He said in an interview:
“I just want to make a good film, which can touch audience’s hearts.”

Vietnamese-American filmmaker Stephane GaugerOwl and the Sparrow movie poster

Saigon Electric movie poster





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