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Vigil Tree for Newtown, Connecticut

In remembrance of the victims of the tragedy in Connecticut, Supervisor Cortese’s office has partnered up with community leader Megan Williams, the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations, the Office of Women’s Policy, the Human Relations Commission, American Muslim Voice Foundation, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Santa Clara Valley, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, Carry the Vision, and the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council to provide our community the opportunity to join together in honoring the victims of the Sandy Hook School shootings.

Community Vigil Tree:
A tree will be placed in the lobby of the County Government Center (70 W. Hedding St., San Jose) from December 20th-31st. We are asking community members to create paper ornaments in remembrance of the victims. We will provide the paper ornaments next to the tree where there will be pens for you to write and share your thoughts and well wishes and han…

Tyler Diep Failed Bid to Gain His Old Seat

Wesminster City Council this week, appointed former mayor Margie Rice, 83, to the city council seat vacated by Tri Ta.   Tyler Diep was lobbying hard to have a special election so that he could use his $100,000 war chest to win back his city council post. 

He will have to wait until 2014 to try to win the election from either his nemesis Andy Quach or Margie Rice. 

Many Vietnamese-Americans in Little Saigon felt good riddance, first of former assybleman Van Tran and his lieutenant, Tyler Diep.  

There is a fresh air of politics in Little Saigon.   With Dina Nguyen unable to run in 2014 for city council in Garden Grove, the Van Tran's underlings are basically  either out of power or outright and some are distancing themselves from him.   Andy Quach told Quang Pham (the ex-congressional candidate in 2010) that he had not talked to Van Tran after his defeat and he and Van Tran are not close anymore.

So what is next for Wesminster politics -  Is there a pediastrian brigde on Bolsa…

Supervisor Janet Nguyen and Viet Khang


Tyler Diep Asking for Appointment?

The rumor in Little Saigon right now is the newly elected Mayor Tri Ta  will appoint Tyler Diep to replace the seat vacated by the form councilmember Frank Fry.  Tyler Diep lost his re-election bid this month after serving 4 years.   It was an embarrasing loss considering that he had $130K to spend and also was an incumbent.

 If the rumor is true,  Tri Ta shows that he is loyal to Van Tran and his aide than to Margaret Rice.   Of course, it was Margarat Rice and her support and endorsement that got him elected mayor. 

A lesson for Vietnamese-American Candidates in San Jose

The Vietnamese-American community in San Jose still felt cheated after the election as a lot of them were led to believe by Jimmy Nguyen's supporters that he would have a chance against the incumbent Rose Herrera. 

If it wasn't for Herrera running a terrible campaign and her husband getting caught stealing campaign signs,  Jimmy Nguyen would be trounced by wider margin instead of the 10% difference.

With roughly $500K spent on his behalf and with all the biggest names in San Jose politics campaigning for him, including Supervisor Dave Cortese (the dean of District 8 politics), Assemblywoman Nora Campos,  her brother San Jose Councilmember Xavier Campos and Labor Unions, everybody was predicting that the race would be much closer.

So what do we learn from this campaign?  A negative campaign that based on lies does not work, especially when the candidate is a newcomer with no ties in the community.   Spending $500K on mailers and other media  under the advise of high power con…

For Tyler Diep - Decision, Decision?

It does not look good for Tyler Diep.   With a couple of days left before all the ballots counting are officially done,  Tyler Diep is still trailing Diana Carey by 213 ballots. 

What will he do?  He can ask for a recount but this will only delay the inevitable and it also makes him look less attractive for the city council to appoint him to replace the seat occupied by Frank Fry.

Diana Carey certainly would not want to have Tyler Diep on city council so that he could screw her with three Vietnamese-American votes.   Sergio Contreras got elected because of the huge endorsement and support of former Mayor Rice.  And she does not give a damn about Tyler Diep.

Whatever the case may be, this will go down as one of the biggest upsets in Little Saigon politics.  Granted Wesminter is a small town and city council seat is a part time position but it shows that Tyler Diep is vulnerable in the Vietnamese-American community.  

He is young and he can always come back but for him to step into a…

The Saga Continues for Tyler Diep and Diana Carey

With only a few hundred ballots left, does Tyler Diep have enough to catch up the 235 ballot deficit?

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City CouncilNumber To Vote For: 2Completed Precincts: 57 of 57

Vote CountPercentageSERGIO CONTRERAS11,40825.9%DIANA CAREY8,75819.8%TYLER DIEP8,53519.3%CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI7,50117.0%HELENA RUTKOWSKI2,8856.5%KHAI DAO2,5845.9%AL P. KRIPPNER2,4535.6%

Will Tyler Diep Ask for Recount?

With less than a thousand ballots left to count,  Tyler Diep is trailing Diana Carey by 258 votes.   The clock is about to strike at midnight for Diep.  What would he do?  It is understandable that he would lose the Sergio Contreras but to an unknown Diana Carey.  Even worst, he lost the seat as an incumbent.

On the bright side,  he is young, has a lot money,  so he can always bounce back 2 years from now.  However, by losing, he just opens doors to other Vietnamese-American candidates in 2014.

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City CouncilNumber To Vote For: 2Completed Precincts: 57 of 57

Vote CountPercentageSERGIO CONTRERAS11,32425.9%DIANA CAREY8,70319.9%TYLER DIEP8,44519.3%CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI7,43217.0%HELENA RUTKOWSKI2,8686.6%KHAI DAO2,5545.8%AL P. KRIPPNER2,4365.6%

300 Votes Separate Carey from Diep

With 2,600 ballots left to count,  the incumbent Tyler Diep is closing the gap on Diana Carey.   This race will go down to the wire with now only 300 votes separate the two candidates

CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City CouncilNumber To Vote For: 2Completed Precincts: 57 of 57
Vote CountPercentageSERGIO CONTRERAS10,97126.0%DIANA CAREY8,45420.0%TYLER DIEP8,14419.3%CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI7,11116.8%HELENA RUTKOWSKI2,7916.6%KHAI DAO2,4225.7%AL P. KRIPPNER2,3615.6%

Tyler Diep Lost City Council Race - A Shocker

With little more than four thousand ballots left,  the incumbent Tyler Diep (Diep Mien Truong)  is trailing Diana Carey by 650 votes.

The chances for him to pull out a last minute miracle is slim since his Vietnamese-American votes are being diluted with Charlie Nguyen and Khai Dao. In the last 5 days after the election, he hardly gains any ground against Carey.

If the trend holds, his lost would be an out of this world shocker for he is an incumbent with a loaded campaign chest of $150,000.   LSI could not remember when a last time an incumbent city council lost in Westminster.   But on the other, Tyler Diep probably knew he is not popular already when earlier this year he dropped out of the state assembly race in a district where Asian-Americans make up a strong voting bloc. 

This unexpected event then begs the question  whether he would be appointed by the city council to replace the seat left open by Tri Ta as he becomes the newly-elected mayor. 

Tri Ta owed his mayoral victory to…

Majority of Asian-Americans voted for Obama

There is a myth that most Asian Americans tend to vote for Republican candidates.  Well, in the last two elections, the polls showed that they overwhelmingly voted for Democratic candidates to the tune of 64% and 79% respectively.   Being the fastest minority voting bloc, this is a troublesome sign for the future of the Republican party in a nation-wide election.   Hispanics actually have less affinity for Democratic candidates than Asian-Americans in the 2012 election.   They voted 74% (in 2008)  and 76% (in 2012) for Democratic candidates.

Jimmy Nguyen Lost by 10%

Unexpectedly,  Jimm Nguyen's  young political fortune ended for now at the hand of Rose Herrera.   He lost by 10% point in a bitterly fought campaign pitting Labor Unions against Rose Herrera.  

Jimmy Nguyen was an unknown in his own Vietnamese-American community as well as in the community-at-large.  He bursted into the scene as an opportunist, hoping that he could be a pawn for the proxy battle between Chuck Reed and Dave Cortese and his labor backing.   His inexperience, and limited in-depth knowledge of issues due to lack of participation in the community where he resides and immature campaign staff were shown throughout the campaign

A more mature candidate could have taken Herrera to the task.  Live and learn.

"Thin Skin" Rose Hererra vs. "Lucky Boy" Jimmy Nguyen

With a campaign reaching $1 million spending mark and probably the costliest city council race in the history of San Jose,  it will come down to this -  Should the citizens of San Jose vote for a candidate that support pension reform  to show that they really care how  their hard earned money being taxed and spent by the local government?

The incumbent Rose Hererra has a checkered personal history of fiscal irresponsibility and of course a second rate temperament.   She is legendary for her prima donna behavior among the Asian communities.  " I am a city councilwoman therefore, I should be treated like a queen to all events" .    She needs to remember that she is nothing but a low level public servant that can be kicked out of office anytime.   If it was not for her support of the pension reform, this race would not be even competitive.

Now the Vietnamese-American's "Lucky Boy"  Jimmy Nguyen of course happens to be at the right place at the right time.   His c…

Jimmy Nguyen and Duc Lam - "Gotcha Game"

In a brilliant political "Gotcha" move,  Jimmy Nguyen and his supporters decided to see if they could embarass Rose Herrera.    The high paid political consultants, Tom Saggau and Dustin DeRollo were staking out at a park in District 8 to see if they could catch the person who supposedly has been dumping Jimmy Nguyen's campaign signs.    Accompanying  them is Duc Lam, a friend of Jimmy Nguyen and a video camera.    According to the Mercury News -

"...Software engineer Matt Wahlin, 58, admits he did remove some Nguyen signs, which he said someone repeatedly placed on the couple's front lawn in recent days. He said he also removed signs that had been on public property in the area, which he said is a violation of city rules.

But Wahlin said he was attacked Monday night as he was about to throw the signs away in a garbage bin, located in a small park less than a mile from the home he shares with Herrera.

"I was going around the corner and I was blindside…

Fire and Bronze Lửa Đông Sơn Concert

The Sound of Fire and Bronze, an enchanting blend of jazz, traditional Vietnamese folk-inspired music and original scores performed by internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Nguyên Lê and Đàn Tranh [Vietnamese Zither] virtuoso Vân Ánh Vanessa Võ.

A small exhibit of ancient Đông Sơn drum and several drum rubbings will be open to the public on Saturday Nov 3, 2012 at the Rose Center.

Lửa Đông Sơn Cultural Exhibit & Concert
Rose Theater Center, Westminster, CA
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012
Đông Sơn Culture & Bronze Drum Exhibit: 2:00-4:00 PM.
Special talk at 2:30 PM by Drs. Chan and Quynh Kieu – complimentary

Concert at 7:30

Concert Ticket Prices:
$25 Student (ID required, spaces limited)
$40 General
$100 Bronze (Preferred seating)
Tickets Available:
1. By Credit card or PayPal
2. At Lee’s Sandwiches on Beach/McFadden: 15440 Beach Blvd., Westminster, CA 92683
3. At Bolsa Tickets ( 714.418.2499, 10161 Bolsa Ave, Ste B-207, Westminster, CA 92683

2012 MacArthur Fellow - An My Le

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards five-year, unrestricted fellowships to individuals across all ages and fields who show exceptional merit and promise of continued creative work. It is limited to U.S. citizens and residents.  

The fellow program is usually referred to as the Genius Grant with the award of $500,000.   Previously two other Vietnamese-Americans had received the award

Dr. Huynh, Sanh Thong, Yale University (1987).  The award is for his exceptional work in literary study.

Dr. Huynh, My Hanh, High Explosives Technology Group,  Los Alamos National Lab (2007).  The award is for her work in high energy chemical reactions and its practical application.

This year, Le, My An, at Bard College, NY, was given the award for her talent in documentary photography.

In given her the award,  the foundation stated the following -

An-My Lê is an artist whose photographs of landscapes transformed by war or other forms of military activity blur the boundaries between fact and fiction and…

Romney Leading Obama Among Viet-American Voters

Just out of sheer luck as Asian-American Poll Media was doing some polling projects, the foundation was gracious enough to do an unofficial survey for LSI to see what is the presidential election landscape within the Viet-American community in the Bay Area in general.  

The unofficial survey was done with 235 likely voters in Santa Clara County.   The result is not surprisingly in favor of Romney at 54% vs. Obama at 44%.   This of course is propably the reverse of the general electorate in the Santa Clara and elsewhere in California where Obama is so overwhelming ahead that neither Romney or Obama even show up to campaign.

The fun race to watch is in Virginia where the Asian-American voters will help decide a very close race for the 13 electoral votes.  Romney are actively courting the Asian-American voters there while Obama is focusing on the Latino voting bloc.    In 2008,  the retiring Senator Jim Webb won a close election with the help of the Vietnamese-American voters who turne…

Building Healthy Families Forum

Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy in collaboration with Asian Americans for Community Involvement is proud to introduce the “Xây Dýòng Gia ÐiÌnh LaÌnh Maònh” or “Building Healthy Families” community forum, a Domestic Violence Information & Resource Collaborative event on October 13th at the Franklin McKinley School District Office.
Our mission is to educate Vietnamese American families in identifying signs and symptoms of domestic violence and emotional abuse. We hope to achieve this goal by engaging the community and connecting these families to the resources, information and tools that are vital to a healthy home environment, whether it be their own or a loved one’s. Xay Dung Gia Dinh Lanh Manh “Building Healthy Families” Saturday, October 13, 2012 Breakfast & Registration: 11:30 am Panel & Discussion: 12:00 pm -1:30 pm Lunch and Resource Fair: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Franklin McKinley School District Office 645 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, CA 95112 Panel Speakers: Judge Jacqu…

Democratic Party and Vietnamese-American Voters

Our Bowl of Rice

By Dr. Vinh Cam
I recently had the privilege of attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a delegate from Greenwich.
When people ask why I’m a Democrat, I say that Democratic core values resonate with my heart and mind.
Growing up in a devout Catholic family in Saigon, compassion, love, respect for the elderly, humility, education, sharing and unwavering faith in God were our core family values.
Since a very young age, I believed that poverty and ignorance are the worst diseases on earth.I wanted to devote my life to help people by choosing a career in scientific research and public service, and I believe the Democratic Party is most supportive of those goals.
Having survived centuries of colonialism at the hands of the Chinese and more recently the French, the Vietnamese people have demonstrated tremendous political stamina.The famous Trung Sisters, perched on elephants, led an army of women and men to push …

Keith Khoa Nguyen and Scott Hung Pham both Resigned

In a strange coincidental set of circumstances, Keith Khoa Nguyen and Scott Hung Pham both resigned recently from their respective school boards.   Nguyen resigned last month from Franklin Mckinley School District while Pham did the same with Alum Rock Union School District in early August.  Both were elected in 2010.  

Betty Duong, a one time aide to former Assemblyman Joe Coto, was lobbying hard for the appointment but the board chose a Hispanic candidate instead  despite the fact that school district has 25% Vietnamese-American students.

Keith Khoa Nguyen also left his position as policy analyst for Mayor Chuck Reed earlier this year.  Nguyen decided to leave politics for now is a suprise since he had talked about running for District 7 city council  in 2014.

While the dust has not settled at all for the 2012 election cycle, the conventional wisdom has it that the policeman Tam Truong is planning his next political move in District 7 to replace his close friend Madison Nguyen in …

Agent Orange and Vietnam: 35 years later

Jimmy Nguyen vs Rose Herrera according to Mercury News

Mercury News editorial: Attacks on Rose Herrera are scarier than crime in San Jose Mercury News Editorial Posted: 10/03/2012 04:48:21 PM PDT It's tempting to dismiss the cutthroat campaign against San Jose Councilwoman Rose Herrera in District 8 as business-as-usual politics. But when misleading information is presented in a sensational fashion by police officers, it's different. The police union has a right to get involved in politics. But actions that might be all right for other unions are troubling for officers who need the public's trust to do the job. If Herrera loses this election, Evergreen and San Jose will lose. Regardless, the police union is losing something in this campaign. The police union hates Herrera. There's no other way to put it. We hope voters see through the scare tactics that imply she is single-handedly to blame for the uptick in crime, particularly burglaries, in San Jose. The fact that burglaries are up everywhere along the Highway 101 corridor…

Unofficial Poll for Jimmy Nguyen and Rose Herrera

LSI asked Asian American Poll Media, LLC to do an unofficial poll for the exciting  San Jose District 8 city council race.  

The conventional wisdom indicates that this will be a close race despite Jimmy Nguyen, a relatively unknown and inexperience candidate, running against an incumbent that is mostly staying out of trouble ever since she was elected 4 years ago. 

The reason is mostly personal vendetta from labor unions and Supervisor Dave Cortese against Rose Herrera for she is taking a pension reform position aligning with Mayor Chuck Reed.   Of course, Cortese and Reed are fierce political enemies since 2006 mayoral election.

The survey was done with 235 likely voters with an error of  +/-  4%.  Voters were selected across the diverse ethnic groups that made up the electorate of District 8.    According to poll taken for the week of Sept 25 - Sept 29,   50% will most likely vote for Herrera, 42% for Nguyen, and 8% undecided.

From the poll,  it will be a closely contested race …

Jimmy Nguyen vs. Rose Herrera, A Proxy War

Jimmy Nguyen is picking up the momentum to unseat at the incumber Rose Herrera for the city council seat of District 8 in San Jose.   With 18% of the registrar voters in the district are Vietnamese-Americans, he will have a strong voting bloc by having the last name Nguyen.

Even though he has not been active in the community in the past, he has been lately embracing himself with Ly Tong and the Little Saigon naming battle (yes, the battle is still on after all these years, along with the pending appeal over the Brown Act violation).   But you cannot fault the guy from jumping on  enticing political opportunties when he sees one. 

Jimmy Nguyen and Patricia Martinez Roach were part of the proxy battle between County Supervisor Dave Cortese and labor unions against Mayor Chuck Reed.    Cortese also has a personal vendetta against Reed so anything to make Reed's life miserable, it is fair game to him. 

The choice candidate was Roach and Nguyen was the designated spoiler.  The strat…

Incredible Billard Trick Shots

LSI is an avid pool player but this is ridiculous.

Tran Nhan Tong International Prize at Harvard


The Tran Nhan Tong International Prize for Reconciliation and Compassion has been made public on the website by Tran Nhan Tong Academy at Boston.

The academy, named after the third king in the Tran dynasty of Vietnam (1225-1400), was founded in April with an objective of researching the king, and popularising his career and ideas to the world.
Every year, the academy’s prize committee will present an award to people who make great contributions to building friendships among countries and solving conflicts.

Nomination letters should be sent to the committee before July 31. They will select the award recipients in the first week of August and announce their names in mid-August.

The committee is comprised of academy president Thomas Patterson, academy director Nguyen Anh Tuan, Alex Jones and Thomas Scanlon from Harvard University , and Thomas Fiedler from Boston University .

The prize also sees the participation of former and cur…

Jimmy Nguyen for District 7 City Council in 2014?

With the campaign heading into the final two months,  Jimmy Nguyen's lack of campaigning experience is glaring.   Many of his supporters are concerning about his efforts and his inability to raise money.  

He tries his best to rally the Viet - American community to help him with money.  His all out support of  the convicted felon Ly Tong has gained him admiration of  the extreme anti-communist crowd but has hurt him with the more main stream Viet-American voters. 

The whisper among his Viet-American supporters is that this election is good for Jimmy to get some public exposure so that he can run for District 7 to replace Madison Nguyen in 2014.  This is something that has crossed his mind no doubt.   

District 7 is wide open in 2014 with 35% of the voting block is Viet-American.   A candidate like Jimmy Nguyen has a very high chance of winning.  Of course, Cam Van Le, a schoold board member, is also thinking very outloud about running for the seat.   She is actively scoping ou…

So Far - Madison Nguyen 1, Dave Cortese 0

For those who are keeping score, the proxy war between San Jose City Councilmember Madison Nguyen (and her mentor, Mayor Chuck Reed) and County Supervisor Dave Cortese is being fought bitterly in the open in the Vietnamese-American community.

Yet it is only 2012.   It is no secret that Cortese and Nguyen will be vying for the San Jose mayoral seat.   Dave has been very active in catering to the Vietnamese-American community.   After all, they will make the difference who will be in the runoff.  

Cortese has two main projects this year to help win point with the Vietnamese-American voters.  They are: 

1.  Attaining the highway sign " Little Saigon" to highlight the business district named Little Saigon.  Even though it is not offically recognized by the city planner but the monument and banners are allowed to be displayed.  

2.  Securing a plot of land in the county for a Vietnam War Veteran Memorial statute

Cortese, with the help of Assemblymember  Nora Campos, had spons…

Jimmy Nguyen and His Rousing Support for Ly Tong


In the last two weeks after Ly Tong's release from prison,  the Little Saigon community has been seeing him being accompanied by the District 8 city council candidate Jimmy Nguyen.   At an event to raise fund to support Ly Tong's effort to counter sue the county for wrongful conviction (as Ly Tong maintained),  Jimmy even showed up and gave a rousing speech praising Ly Tong as a hero of the community.   He even donated $500 to the cause.

The community understands Jimmy Nguyen needs the votes but to some people,  this is a little too desperate to claim that Ly Tong is a hero.

Rose Herrera Trying to Get the Vietnamese-American Votes

With Jimmy Nguyen agressively going after the Vietnamese-American votes,  city councilmember Rose Herrera has no choice but to figh back.   Her team has been going to Vietnamese-American homes trying to convince the voters to her side.   She is sending out mass e-mail with pictures of her and Madison Nguyen front and center.  

She knows that she will need to win at least some of the Vietnamese-American votes.  The race is too close and if Jimmy is getting all of the votes, she has little chance of winning.  She will concede the majority of the Vietnamese-American votes to Jimmy but she cannot give him a free ride for  + 90%  of the votes.     This would be too much for her.

Xuyen Kim Nguyen, A Fugitive


Aliases:Thi Kim Nguyen, Kim Nguyen, Xuyen Nguyen
DESCRIPTION Date(s) of Birth Used: February 16, 1942 Place of Birth: Vietnam Height: 5'0" Weight: 135 pounds NCIC: W175683980 Occupation:Unknown Hair: Black Eyes: Brown Sex: Female Race: Asian Nationality:Vietnamese Scars and Marks:None known Remarks:Nguyen became a naturalized citizen in 1999. She has lived in the Seattle, Washington, and Dallas, Texas, areas.

CAUTION In May 2005, seven individuals, including Xuyen Thi-Kim Nguyen, were indicted in Dallas, Texas, for their involvement in a scheme to defraud a mortgage company of over $5 million. After four of the seven individuals pled guilty, Nguyen was convicted of one count of conspiracy, two counts of mail fraud, and seven counts of fraud by wire. Nguyen was placed on home monitoring until her sentencing. However, some time between November 8, 2005, and November 11, 2005, Nguyen fled from her home in Plano, Texas. Su…

Pham Phu Thien Giao Refuses to Resign

The saga of Nguoi-Viet Newspaper is reaching another chapter as the calling for Pham Phu Thien Giao is louder and louder.   Viet Star Newspaper in Orange County is calling out the current editor-in-chief of Nguoi-Viet to be everything but short of a communist agent.  

Appearantly from what has been written in the media,  Pham Phu Thien Giao served in the communist army and stationed in Long Giao.  He later went to work with a communist party owned newspaper.   He came to the US via Eastern Europe and not directly from Vietnam.  

And the other worse sin in the Little Saigon politics is the fact that he was trying to revive the Trannie's fortune and their infamous "Gang of Seven" via his shamelessly promotion for Diep Mien Truong for state assembly (before Diep knew he would not have a chance).

Mid Autum Festival 2012, Kelley Park

Councilmember Madison Nguyen is sponsoring  a Mid Autumn Festival in her district on Sept 22, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Kelley Park.

Everything is free but not parking.   Please note the strict parking rules so that your cars won't be towed away or ticked.

Autumn Festival 2012, Santa Clara County Fairground

Hội Tết Trung Thu
Autumn Moon Festival
Saturday,Sept. 22, 2012 (11:00AM- 10:00PM)
Santa Clara County Fairground.
344 Tully Road San Jose, CA 95111
Sponsored by Sant Clara County Supervisors, Viet Voters, Radio 1500 AM,  ETIS Tax Services and the participation of over 15 Vietnamese-American community groups.

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…