Thursday, September 06, 2007
Re: Việt Weekly
You probably heard about the protesting against Việt Weekly. It was a big story and is still going on with people talking about the incident. The magazine creator had to sell their magazines on the street for a cheap price since Vietnamese community in California ran them out of business. Apparently Viet Weekly was seemed to have flavor communism and communist in Vietnam.
The reason I’m writing something about this because I keep coming across articles about allegations and accusations about the matter. As you know Trinh Hoi was in trouble again with the community by “writing an op-ed piece to the BBC to denounce the hypocrisy of those opposing Viet Weekly” (VSB, VW 5-25). I don’t want to say too much on how I feel about the whole thing. I just feel that a person like Trinh Hoi who have done so much and fighting for refuges is seen as a traitor. Some people feel sad for him and some said that he knows well enough what would come of his “bad” decision. What kind of a bad decision was it? To have the courage to speak out to one’s own believe against the majority? I admire him for not being afraid and suppressing to the threatening of others and mostly importantly not becoming a follower as many are today.
As much as I want to write a long post about the whole story surrounding Viet Weekly, I don’t feel like it. The last two stories I wrote one about Trinh Hoi and Ky Duyen and Tommy Ngo's "LOVE" belt were enough for me. I’m getting tired of the Vietnamese community constantly protesting and being sensitive about everything, calling people out here and there. How about starting to build a strong Vietnamese community overseas instead of devoting time and effort into quarrelling. What are your thoughts?