AOC [Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] already said that if Biden becomes president, she will push him into making the socialists stronger.”, Nguyen says she became more politically active and vocal during the weeks leading up to the election – especially on Facebook, where she maintains a popular page about Trump. It has invested heavily in Vietnamese-language digital, TV and print ads and created Viet Fact Check, which has been dispelling misinformation throughout the election. She is among the group’s 300 members across 25 states. They are the fourth-largest Asian-American population in the country. … Throughout his whole life in America, he was aligned with the Republican party. Vietnamese American Trump supporters confront Biden supporters at a rally on October  24, 2020 at Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the oldest Vietnamese food destinations in the Washington, DC area. But Ly stayed behind to raise her three sons. And that is just so against how I felt that this country was [when I arrived].”. Good luck with that.”, Alex Nguyen, 26, of San Jose said he speaks out for a reason. Linda Thong's story ends happily for her and her family, suggesting a new chapter to the American immigrant success story. “Viet Stories,” an exhibit that documents the journeys Vietnamese refugees, is currently on display at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Mavericks explodes with ‘best waves in 10 years,’ pioneering waterman says. “Trump makes a lot of noise about communism. The Democratic legislator said her father — a South Vietnamese army veteran who was jailed for eight years when the Communists seized power — was a Reagan supporter. Although most of their parents and grandparents have stayed faithful to the Republican Party — largely because of staunch anti-communist feelings dating to the Vietnam War — many of the younger set say they’re focused on domestic issues, not homeland ones. “But Donald Trump isn’t a conventional Republican. Not so many Vietnamese had immigrated to the US at the time – the first wave of immigration would come in 1975. “[Trump is] fighting really hard in the US Supreme Court to end the Affordable Care Act. Vietnamese are bit characters in American histories of the war, Vietnamese civilians most of all. “And because of his lack of character, lack of compassion, lack of kindness. He received a master’s degree in electrical engineering and has run successful tech startups for the past 26 years. He later voted twice for Barack Obama, and the political awakening she and other family members experienced resulted in part from what she learned about racial and gender justice while attending Tufts University. Democrats are seeking to take control of the influential chamber, where Republicans currently have a 53-47 majority. He was 11 when he and his mother fled Vietnam by boat to “escape from the oppressive communist regime”. He has little memory of his life in Vietnam now. Philip Nguyen, an Asian American studies professor at San Francisco State, takes a selfie while speaking at a San Jose rally for Vietnamese American progressives who support the Biden-Harris ticket. They don’t like it. He explains that back in the 1970s, most Vietnamese supported Republicans. Now, they’re very angry at seeing the truth, seeing the underlying issues,” he said, citing Trump’s constant scapegoating of Latino and other underrepresented communities, his anti-Muslim travel ban and other policies that cracked down on immigrants and separated families. Once in the United States, the Vietnamese boat people faced the same obstacles as other immigrants, struggling to learn the language and gain an economic foothold. She was never interested in politics until Obama left the White House, “[but] after eight years of Obama, I was afraid that this beautiful country would turn into a socialist country,” she says. It is just not acceptable for me to not have a voice, or more importantly not act more, during this election cycle,” he says. A dozen U.S. states remain without mask mandates to protect against COVID-19. Pachinko is a historical novel that follows four generations of a Korean … 81, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC, February 2006), available … Pachinko // Min Jin Lee. Before then, she worked as a civil servant at the US Department of Labor for 12 years and then in immigration and advocacy. And so, I think most folks don’t know that over 147,000 Vietnamese Americans, since 2014, have access to health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act,” she explains. Charles J. Shaw II gets a posthumous show at the Bowers Museum. The release of rom-com Crazy Rich Asians last year was a game-changer for Asian American representation in film. Vietnamese Immigrant Population in the United States, 1980-2017. In October, Biden addressed this misconception in an op-ed in a popular Vietnamese-language newspaper. Riverside County grand jury indicts father for 8-year-old’s murder and torture. [55] J. Peter Pham , United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, first Vietnamese American with the rank of ambassador. He hopes that if Biden becomes president, the US will join the TPP again. A South Korean study raises concerns that six feet of social distance may not be far enough to keep people safe from the coronavirus. USA!”. But this is reality. Members like him understand that the more physically removed they are from the old-guard, conservative politics of Little Saigon, where Trump maintains popularity, the more protected they are. Ly believes that character and compassion are on the ballot this year. He’s incompetent, immoral. When Yang and her two kids went out for a walk with their dog in San Francisco, a woman confronted her because her dog was off-leash, then said, “There are signs everywhere. Its members and hundreds of volunteers are actively campaigning for Joe Biden. Using Library of Congress and US Department of State records, he provided evidence that in fact Biden strongly supported Vietnamese refugees. He now has his own IT business in northern Virginia. “The income gap, the racial gap — that progressives seek to fix that while embracing diversity and humanity is what’s crucial to me,” said Nguyen, 34. “I hope that we can continue this momentum with Pivot because, finally, this is a group where we can claim our voice.”, “I wholeheartedly think to be Vietnamese American is to be political because our existence in the U.S. is the result of politics,” he said. 3. He withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership [TPP]. Public health officials are anxiously tracking the capacity of intensive care units as coronavirus case numbers surge. Tran was involved in local politics before but feared it could harm his 7-Eleven franchise business. Kim Ha Ly and her son Binh help organise rallies for Vietnamese-American supporters of Biden [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]After multiple attempts, Kim Ha Ly’s husband managed to flee Vietnam by boat in 1981. And I think any issue that affects our daily lives – whether it’s healthcare access, public education, the [COVID-19] pandemic – the differences between Joe Biden and Donald Trump are so great,” Tran says. An epic about the shattering impact of the Vietnam War on one … Some analysts describe the nonprofit’s political evolution as “inevitable.”. And he lies. Americans are retiring to Vietnam, for cheap healthcare and a decent standard of living John Rockhold, a Vietnam veteran, stands on a street in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. He failed badly on the trade war with China. Americans who tromped, humped, and slogged through Vietnam … Khai Nguyen spends time fact-checking misinformation about Joe Biden that spreads within the Vietnamese American community [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]Khai Nguyen is a new member of the Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT). According to Hieu Le, a PIVOT board member, Vietnamese-American support for Trump is greater now than it was in 2016. “Despite his harsh anti-immigration policies targeting Vietnamese communities, he’s been able to recapture support within the Vietnamese-American community and increased his support this year to 48 percent, a 16 percent increase from 2016,” Le explained. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has pledged to end President Donald Trump’s asylum policies. She stands near her car, which is adorned with a “Women for Trump” sign and US flags, and is parked in a high school parking lot in Manassas, Virginia on a September morning where a “Trump Train” parade is about to take off. Stories of Versai – Vietnamese American Youth Leaders Association-New Orleans “After the Vietnamese Young Leaders Association of New Orleans was founded in 2006, they began envisioning an oral history and documentary project. During this election, mother and son are helping to organise rallies of Vietnamese-American Biden supporters. Lan Cao, The Lotus and the Storm. We love this country, we came here with empty hands but now that has changed, we have opportunities,” he says with a smile while sitting on his white Harley-Davidson motorcycle in a parking lot at the Fairfax County Government Center, the last stop of a “Trump Train” parade and rally that took place earlier in the day. The Asian-American population in the state has doubled in two decades, and many live in the Atlanta suburbs, which voted for Joseph R. Biden Jr. by large margins. Pivot is “a natural outgrowth” and a group “that would really matter in a community where voter participation is dynamic and at the forefront,” Smoller continued. “I think Trump is a racist person. COVID-19 spikes spill into dozens of L.A. County communities in the San Gabriel Valley, South Bay, the Westside and central L.A. Italy’s staggering virus toll poses uncomfortable questions. I don’t think Trump is a good candidate. Last weekend, he felt compelled to go onstage at a Viet 4 Biden rally in San Jose to endorse the Democratic former vice president, whom he described as “more caring about the big issues” confronting society, among them the COVID-19 pandemic. But they don’t make noise about it. The two volunteers, clutching clipboards and political fliers, were on … George Menefie, who brought “Tony, an East Indian” into colonial Virginia in the early 1620s as a … “Twenty years under communism was like living under a blanket – all information about the outside world was under control,” he says. FDA OKs Pfizer vaccine, opening new front against COVID-19; shots to begin within days. “The Name Jar” by Yangsook Choi (ages 10 and up) Unhei is sick and tired of people pronouncing … “A large part of this has been his rhetoric and anti-communist ‘tough on China’ message that resonates with a conservative community that views communism and Chinese imperialism with great disdain.”. Box 1826 Pascagoula, MS 39568. info@aachange.org (228) 806-1384. "Crossing the farther shore" by … I think that makes Biden different from Trump.”. Swell and conditions align for “amazing day” at iconic Northern California big-wave surf break. Asylum seekers in limbo look to US election with hope and fear, Five years on from the Paris Agreement, we are at a turning point, Activists sound alarm over African biometric ID projects. Nguyen was always interested in politics and volunteered for John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. She says she could no longer stand on the sidelines. They tick off talking points on taxes and China policies, armed with information from the bilingual VietFactCheck.org, a Pivot spinoff with source-verified articles about the 2020 election. Over the summer, he ran for US Congress in northern Virginia but lost the nomination after a competitive race. Now officials must build trust around vaccine in the community. Infected after 5 minutes, from 20 feet away: South Korea study shows coronavirus’ spread indoors. Wendy Nicole Duong (Nhu-Nguyen), lawyer, novelist, former law professor, first Vietnamese American appointed to the American judiciary (1992). “So I just followed the crowd,” he says with a laugh. And at the Sept. 27 virtual Launch Into Action, an extravaganza that pulled in $25,000 to help start a national campaign to win elections, Pivot youths and other supporters did just that. He did not go back to Vietnam until 1992, when the country opened up. “Look at Kamala Harris. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has ordered Deputies Miguel Vega and Chris Hernandez to be suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into an unrelated crash. In California alone since March, there have been 832 self-reported incidents of physical and verbal attacks against Asian and Asian Americans. So, I think that character is very important. “My Dear You” by Rachel Khong (Tin House, May 2017) "I selected fifty-four millimeters for the … This is real,” he says. They became prisoners in communist re-education camps where they faced torture, severe malnutrition and death. “Fast-forward to 2020 and there’s safety in numbers,” Nguyen added. He believes the Democratic party has moved leftwards since the 1990s and “that’s why on the conservative side you see a lot more non-political conservatives coming out”. Amid a crackdown on ‘separatism’, how do French Muslims feel? After “a gloomy COVID winter,” widespread vaccination will bring years of robust growth to California’s economy, the UCLA Anderson forecast says. He and his father, Tan Nguyen, 63, a veteran of the South Vietnamese army and survivor of a communist reeducation camp, have been talking about what happened in the 2016 presidential race and the huge stakes facing the electorate this November. It’s to make sure our values are aligned so that there will be benefit for all,” said Kat Phan, a rising young leader within Pivot and a demographics researcher based in San Francisco. Ly comes from a political family and believes it is important to be involved in activism; a value she has passed down to her son Binh. She says she does not want to think about a Biden-Harris presidency. What motivates many of them are concerns over income inequality, keeping the Affordable Care Act, climate change and humane immigration laws, as well as solidarity with Black Lives Matter over racial justice issues. “I became an independent voter because of Trump. My name is … He believes it is important to make people “feel empowered about their support for Biden” and to understand that it “is not necessarily just a vote against Trump”. “The adults may be shy about talking to their kids, but it’s time to open up, to exchange ideas,” he said later. Kathy Tran at a Vietnamese Americans for Biden rally [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]Kathy Tran was an infant when, in 1980, she fled Vietnam by boat with her parents and arrived in the US. Alarmed by such statistics, Pivot leaders “leveraged our understanding of our collective trauma, history, and media consumption” to examine why citizens might vote against their own interest or even avoid voting, said Thi Bui, one of the group’s lead organizers. “You must participate in what’s going on in society.”. The stories of this refugee community – the struggles, achievements, memories – are part of a major undertaking at UC Irvine: the Vietnamese American Oral History Project. Vietnamese American Trump supporters confront Biden supporters at a rally on October 24, 2020 at Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the oldest Vietnamese … Supporters of the Democratic presidential ticket gather in San Jose last month. Many children were abandoned at the end of the American war in Vietnam in the 1970s. Actually, she is a lot more left than Bernie [Sanders]. And we have to have that moral courage now.”. 32 Essential Asian-American Writers You Need To Be Reading ... is the National Book Critics Circle Award–winning author of the short story collection The Middleman and Other Stories … Despite initially losing her job because she was the daughter of the former deputy mayor of Saigon, Ly managed to find work as a high school teacher. DNA testing has now made it possible for some to find their parents. Trung Phan says he knows what it is like to live under communism [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]Trung Phan arrived in the US 12 years ago, joining family members who had fled after the war. “Dialogue is what we need to solve problems.”. Why? US elections: Why the Senate contests matter. He came to the US in 1972 to study economics at the University of Florida before joining the World Bank in Washington, DC. Almost 17.8 million Californians cast ballots in the election that ended on Nov. 3, the highest percentage of the state’s eligible voters to participate since 1952. Nothing introduces students and cultural enthusiasts to a language and people better than stories. Then, in 1990, after her husband had received his permanent residency, she and her sons were able to immigrate to the US. You can’t talk negatively about the government and leadership or you end up in the police station.”. He never thinks of how many times he has lied to his people. Yet people are realizing that what happens here” in the U.S. “matters as much,” he added. Many say they will vote for US President Donald Trump in the election, and Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote polls show that Vietnamese Americans are the only major Asian ethnic group that has a net favourability rating for US President Donald Trump. Hollywood fashion designer Thai Nguyen, who has dressed Cindy Crawford and Kelly Marie Tran, confessed that he usually didn’t pay attention to voting but considered this election crucial. An evening of Asian American stories about self-identity, family separation, mental health and stigma. The movies in our guide reflect their experiences, from Korean (Columbus), Chinese (Saving Face), Singaporean (Shirkers), Japanese (To Be Takei), Filipino (The Debut), Vietnamese (Green Dragon), and more. To them, you follow your conscience, guided by facts. Unlike many Vietnamese Americans, Nguyen doesn’t believe that the Republican party is the only anti-communist party. Asian American voters support Biden at 54% and Trump at 30%, but numbers don't tell full story Biden leads among Asian Americans, and … USA! “In this election, everybody has to speak up. The 2020 US elections: A climate for change? Now I don’t feel so alone.’ ”. When Long Tran, a liberal organizer of Vietnamese descent, hosted a meet-and-greet for Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff in early 2017, he was hoping in part to engage more Asian Americans … The collection focuses on the legacy of refugees and immigrants whose life stories contribute to our understanding of American history and of Vietnamese in the diaspora. “What happens in Vietnam matters. The wealthy Nigerians buying citizenship overseas, Iran executes dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam: State TV, Iran protests to Turkey over ‘meddling’ poem recited by Erdogan, Trump confident as Supreme Court considers last-ditch lawsuit, US top court refuses to take up latest Trump election challenge, Al Jazeera Centre for Public Liberties & Human Rights. “The Vietnamese vote is a much-coveted vote,” he said, along with the Asian American vote, representing the fastest-growing electorate in the country with more than 30 ethnic and national subgroups. She decided to enter politics immediately after Trump’s 2017 inauguration. Intended for Vietnamese language students or heritage learners, the stories in this volume present the everyday vocabulary and grammar in use in Vietnam … Wounds from the Vietnam war and the fall of Saigon in 1975, when communism took over South Vietnam, are still raw and felt by the community [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]But there is a growing political divide between younger and older generations of Vietnamese Americans. About this Event Foster Care Film and Community Engagement Project (FCFCEP), City Living NY and Asian American Film Thing present an evening of virtual films and conversation. In the jam-packed months leading to Nov. 3, Pivot expanded in fundraising and visibility. Some governors have encouraged people to voluntarily wear masks but punt legal responsibility to local municipalities. In the days leading up to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when communist North Vietnamese forces captured South Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War – and in the weeks and years following that day – around 800,000 Vietnamese left their homes and fled on rickety fishing boats. Women have voted at higher rates than men in every presidential election since 1980, making them a powerful force. In the years since the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese Americans – particularly the older generation – have typically aligned themselves with the Republican party because of the GOP’s fervent anti-communist stance dating back to the war. The FDA has authorized emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed in record time by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech. Tran says he hopes the political rifts in his own family will heal after the election. “I am supporting Biden. “I owe a lot to this country for being here,” he says after participating in a Vietnamese Americans for Biden rally at Eden Center in Falls Church, Virginia, one of the oldest Vietnamese food destinations in the Washington, DC region and a hub for the vibrant local Vietnamese community. He is a retired World Bank economist living in Fairfax, Virginia. How the legacy of the Vietnam War is shaping many Vietnamese Americans’ picks in the upcoming election. This fall, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop is celebrating the art of the essay. Minh Dang attends a Trumptilla Boat Parade along the Potomac River, in Alexandria, Virginia over Labor Day weekend in September 2020 [Valerie Plesch/Al Jazeera]Minh Dang was once registered as a Democrat but switched to the Republican party when George H Bush became president. Shots will begin within days. The older Nguyen accepts his son’s views. Massachusetts state Rep. Tram Nguyen, the first Vietnamese American woman elected to the state Legislature when she defeated a tea party Republican, applauds that focus. Figure 1. Truong says there is more enthusiasm among Vietnamese Americans for this election than there was in 2016. “They know that they don’t want communism. And young people and progressive thinkers are realizing that the things he stands for are not what they stand for.”. The homeowner in Duluth, Georgia, opened her screen door and softly said, "I'm not good at English." Volunteers from its election committee created a tool kit that includes a voter guide, voter registration site and an English-Vietnamese glossary with audio for younger immigrants who cannot read Vietnamese “to empower folks who are fired up to have intergenerational conversations but may not know the right words to move hearts and minds.”. Contact information: Asian Americans for Change P.O. Phan was not at all interested in politics until 2016, when he voted for Trump. “I had to activate myself to motivate others.”. A second-generation journalist, she has worked at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Orange County Register and Nguoi Viet Daily News, the largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the U.S. His family later joined him in the US. Because he was born after the war, he says he knows what it is like to live under communism. Viet Stories connects the university and community by partnering with local and national organizations, community leaders and volunteers, and the media. And he’s irresponsible.”. A Story of Gratitude: How One Vietnamese American Found His Authentic Self Kevin L. shares and explores the challenges and opportunities that come with having one foot planted in his Vietnamese heritage and the other in his modern American identity. I did not make up any story about this. And not just in a subtle way, in a very open way. “I think Trump probably understands the ‘outside the Beltway’ attitude, he’s been on the outside,” he adds. And so if Bernie is a progressive socialist, a democratic, whatever the terms you want to use, she is to the left of that, therefore, she’s leaning toward communism,” he says. “I think Democrats are anti-communist too. One of the most contentious issues within the Vietnamese-American community is the mistaken belief that as a senator Biden opposed accepting Vietnamese refugees after the war. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong The grassroots Progressive Vietnamese American Organization (PIVOT) was founded against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election. The crowd in the background chants “USA! 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