In the Diaspora: December 2019


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

■ News from the Diaspora ■

DNA tests of the confirms the identities Of all 39 Vietnamese found dead inn truck in October.Truck where 39 Vietnamese migrants died

Thich Nhat Hanh travels to Bangkok for check-ups and “the results were very promising.”Thich Nhat Hanh, at 93, passes health checkup

The image of ‘The Girl in the Picture’ came to symbolize the “meaningless brutality of the war” and to recall the horrors of the Vietnam War Phan Thị Kim Phúc

■ News from Việt Nam ■

Vietnam has a legal 48-hour, six-day work week: Communist Vietnam Fights for a 40-Hour Work WeekBlue collar workers

Vietnamese men’s football team wins historic SEA Games gold: Vietnam’s long road to SEA Games football triumph Vietnam wins match against Indonesia

Uniqlo “can help drive regional growth”: Uniqlo enters Vietnam, Southeast Asia’s growth engineFirst Uniqlo store in HCMC

The “delta will sink beneath the East Sea”: Rising Sea Levels And Disappearing Mangrove Forests Spell Trouble For VietnamWaste in mangrove

“The world is watching and waiting:” Vietnamese Dissident Dies of ‘Stroke’ in Prison, Police Refuse to Give Body BackDissident Dao Quang Thuc

Vietnam ranks sixth hardest hit by extreme weather events: Vietnam among six nations worst hit by climate changeClimate change affecting Vietnam

As pork has become a staple for more people in Vietnam: Pork Shortage Worries Vietnam Wet food market in Vietnam

■ Other ■

Undernutrition is widespread among ethnic minority children in Vietnam: Persistent Malnutrition in Ethnic Minority Communities of VietnamReport: Malnutrition in ethnic minority children

■ More ■

Vietnam Free Expression Newsletter No. 50/2019 – Week of December 9-15

To keep China in check amid its growing maritime presence in the region: JMSDF chief calls for stronger ties with Vietnam

“Vietnam has been consistently rated ‘Not Free’ in the areas of internet and press freedom”: China, Vietnam Lead Asia in Jailed Journalists

ENJOY: Bóng Nhỏ Đường Chiều – MV Bolero với Acoustic Guitar mới nhất của Sầu Nữ Thuý Huyền

■ Some 2019 News Recap ■

►Ha Van Thanh, who spoke out about the Formosa toxic spill in Vietnam, sought asylum in the U.S. but is deported back to Vietnam. Back in Vietnam he was detained and beaten.

STUDY shows unhealthy food habits, consuming sugary drinks, and sweet food products are factors contributing to Vietnamese children being overweight.

DOCUMENTARY called Nailed It shows how Vietnamese Americans came to dominate the nails business in the U.S.

1) Fifty Years After, A Daunting Cleanup of Vietnam’s Toxic Legacy
2) How U.S. Chemical Warfare In Vietnam Unleashed a Disaster
3) The U.S.’s Toxic Agent Orange Legacy

As a senator in 1975, Joe Biden adamantly insisted that “the United States has no obligation to evacuate one — or 100,001 — South Vietnamese.”

SURVEY reveals 44 percent of the respondents cites health as their key concern.

Another incident of domestic violence against Vietnamese women in South Korea makes the news. But, will there be any change?

Vietnam has one of the highest shares of women in the work force in the world.

Suboi, Vietnamese rap queen, says, “Vietnamese people are basically poets.”

Jailed since 2017, Doan Thi Huong, who’s accused in Kim Jong Nam’s killing, is finally released after questions arose concerning bias treatment by the Malaysian court.

Ex-addicts formed a club to save drug overdose victims.

►Many young Vietnamese workers commit suicide in Japan. A Vietnam Temple offers spiritual and practical support to the Vietnamese community in Japan. ASIAN BOSS interviews two Vietnamese men to understand why many Vietnamese workers die in Japan


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