Showing posts from August 19, 2012

Olympic Medalist Marcel Nguyen and Jade Hilde

Here is a funny excertp from Jade Hidle on her take of Marcel Nguyen and his Vietnamese-heritage.   The rest of the article can be read on

Go Marcel Nguyen! diaCRITIC Jade Hidle gives us an Olympic take on Vietnamese identity using Marcel Nguyen, the Olympic silver medalist in gymnastics, as the launching point. At the same time, Hidle turns inward and and gives us a beautiful reflection on her own struggles as a mixed Vietnamese.
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On August 2nd, Vietnamese German gymnast Marcel Nguyen won a silver medal at the London Olympics in the men’s Individual All-Around. Straightaway, a friend—one who jokingly, tenderly calls me “halfer” for being Vietnamese and Norwegian, or “Viking,” as he would say—sends me a text message that asks, “What’s up with a German named Nguyen?”

 I know he i…

Jimmy Nguyen Consolidating his Vietnamese-American Base

You cannot blame the incumbent Rose Herrera  for not trying but apparently her effort is meeting with stiff resistance from the Vietnamese-American voters.   She has been asking some of her supporters to reach out to the Vietnamese-American voters in District 8.  So far,  Jimmy Nguyen used that to his advantage by telling them to as Vietnamese-American you have no choice by to vote for him.

Jimm Nguyen has been active in the community for the last 2-3 months.  He was at every Ly Tong events, including his release.   He is determined to win this race by winning at least 90% of the Vietnamese-American votes.  There are about 8,300 Vietnamese-American registered voters in District 8.  It wil be a close city council race for sure.   Chances are looking good for him to win it.

Vietnamese Diasporic Film Festival & DVAN

Dear friends of DVAN,

When we say that we are nonprofit organizations, we mean it. There’s no
profit. Every dollar we’ve ever raised via ticket sales, auctions, and
donations has gone to fund our events and projects. These are however not
enough to cover the cost of our events and projects. When we write grants,
we are requested to show community support. To continue to promote
writers, filmmakers and visual artists from the Diaspora, we need you to
show us your support.

DVAN has been selected by OneVietnam ( to be on their
fundraising platform. We need to receive a minimum of 50 donations of at
least $1 in the next four weeks to remain on that platform. Can you help
us by donating to this website:

For this month of the fundraising campaign, we are setting a goal of
$1,000.00 to help pay for the 2nd San Francisco Vietnamese Diasporic Film
Festival (scheduled for late Ap…

Ly Tong is Free

Ly Tong, after serving about 2 months for his assault of the singer Dam Vinh Hung, is finally free.  He was release from jail last Saturday.  About 75 people came to welcome him.  He spoke at lenght about his sentencing and how it was political motivated.  He later asked everybody to join him for Bun Bo Hue.

Can you find Ly Tong in this picture?  Can you find Jimm Nguyen, the candidate for city council in District 8 in this picture?