Asia-Pacific Politics

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    What the Hell Was Larry Agran Even Thinking Trying to Befriending a Vietnamese City?

    Last night, hundreds of Vietnamese Americans beset Irvine City Hall to voice their distaste at Larry Agran's suggestion that the city of Irvine start a friendship city relationship with Nha Trang, Vietnam. They filled the seats and the parking lot, overflowing around the building as anti-communist V ... More >>

  • News

    November 14, 2013

    The Government of Free Vietnam Is No Republic for Old Men

    From Garden Grove, the organization tried to bring down its former country's Communist regime. Instead, it gave American diplomats a giant headache

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    California Vietnamese, Tibetans Protest Communist China Leader's Arrival For Summit

    Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting a warm welcome from U.S. President Barack Obama this afternoon in Rancho Mirage for their summit and not just because the California desert temperature topped 110 degrees. In his five years in the White House, Obama has treated the Chinese leadership with guar ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 14, 2013

    Margaret Cho

    Irvine Improv

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Dish Network Wins $6.4M Judgment Against Little Saigon Satellite Pirate

    A federal judge in Orange County has granted summary judgment to Dish Network and imposed a massive fine on a Little Saigon man who operated a satellite piracy business.U.S. District Court Judge James V. Selna ruled this week that Tan Nguyen, the owner of several websites including and ... More >>

  • News

    October 25, 2012

    More American Than Jay Chen?

    Ignoring racist emails is all in a day's work for the Democratic congressional candidate

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    Death By China Screening and Special Panel Discussion Set For Anaheim on Sept. 28

    Some critics have declared that Death By China is fueled by warmongering, anti-Chinese sentiment and others call the film/book another important wake up call to a looming disaster.You can make up your own mind Friday night in Anaheim when there will be a special showing of the controversial, 79-minu ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 20, 2012
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    April 25, 2012

    Huntington Beach Businessman Nailed For Exporting Thermal Imaging Cameras To China

    A 52-year-old Huntington Beach businessman got sentenced this week for exporting seven thermal imaging cameras to China in violation of U.S. national security controls.Jason Jian Liang, a 1985 immigrant from China and president of Sanwave International Corp., admitted that he did not seek export lic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Ed Royce Calls on USA to Stop Pampering North Korea's Plump New Dictator

    Ed Royce won praise this week from a national business publication that favors the Orange County congressman's tough North Korean policy stance over the Obama administration's carrot-style diplomacy.Believing that U.S. officials are being "duped by evil" to continue to supply food to the totalitaria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Dana Rohrabacher Takes Hypocritical Stance on Space Technology Transfers To China

    OC Congressman: Please pay no attention to my hypocrisy​This week, newspapers reported that Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher was outraged because President Barack Obama's administration is allegedly jeopardizing national security by sharing sensitive satellite technology with China.Of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Silenced, Which Sparked Outrage in South Korea, Opens in Surf City Tonight

    ​A new film opening in Huntington Beach tonight has prompted outraged viewers to demand tougher penalties for sex crimes and stronger laws to protect children and the disabled from sexual abuse.No, it's not Puss in Boots.It's Silenced or Dogani (The Crucible), and perhaps the title confusion wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    [UPDATED: Recall Effort Dropped] Residents Petition to Recall Hacienda School Board Members for Supporting a Language Program Funded by the Chinese Government

    Flickr user cleverCl@i®ê ​UPDATE, JUNE 7, 1:46 P.M.: Opponents of the Confucius Classroom, a Chinese culture and language school program, have stopped their efforts to recall the four members of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School Board who voted to implement it. A small group of resident ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Seated? Dana Rohrabacher Gets One Right!

    Dana finally finds an issue he can't botch​Okay, sure. Perennially goofy Orange County Congressman Dana Rohrabacher occasionally makes a good point.This week in Washington, Rohrabacher and other Republican politicians questioned planned U.S. aid to China.What does the Obama administration want to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Loretta Sanchez Goes to the Net for the Vietnamese

    ​Here in the goldarn US of A, we argue about Net neutrality, but over in Vietnam, there are citizens struggling just to get access to the Internet. It's like a mass of people who would looooooove dial-up AOL.Help for them is coming from this side of the world--in Washington, D.C., to be precise--w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Blasts North Korea and Backs Vietnam Human Rights Sanctions Act

    ​Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) has issued a statement condemning North Korea for firing dozens of artillery shells at South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, killing two South Korean soldiers and wounding 15.The freshly reelected congresswoman, who is the ranking female member on the House Armed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Are the Red Chinese Polluting Young Minds in a Quiet Irvine Shopping Center?

    ​UPDATE: In an email to the Weekly, the owner of A Little Dynasty denies there is any basis for the criticism of his new Chinese school in Irvine (see end of post) . . .  Could the Quail Hill Village Center in Irvine become the next hotspot for anti-communist crusaders fighting the spread of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher Finds New Reason For Fear

    Uncle Slammed: Be very afraid​Orange County's self-proclaimed surfin' congressman who doesn't surf but plops his substantial stomach on a boogie board to ride non-threatening waves has found a new boogeyman for America.Yes, Dana Rohrabacher, the man who once assertively lobbied on behalf of the Ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Anti-Commie Activist Kai Chen Claims Victory in Confucius Classroom Spat

    ​Kai Chen may not have got the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda to remove its life-size statue Mao Tse-Tung, but the Los Angeles-based, Chinese-American activist and others are claiming victory in their spat with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.District ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez Slaps Vietnam's Boss, Again

    Viet Cong finally met their match?​Poor Nguyen Minh Triet. Sure, he survived as a communist soldier fighting better armed American troops during the Vietnam War and he's fought his way to the top to become president of Vietnam. But President Nguyen can't get a break from Orange County Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Ed Royce: Hillary Clinton Failed in Vietnam

    Clinton​News services are reporting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pressured Vietnam's leaders to improve its human rights practices during her trip to the Southeast Asian nation, but two Orange County members of Congress view her actions with opposing conclusions.Loretta Sanchez (D-Anahe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Ed Royce Worries Hillary Clinton is Soft on Vietnam Human Rights Abuses

    Royce to Clinton: Don't be a wimp in Hanoi​Demonstrating his concern over ongoing human rights abuses by Vietnam's rulers, Congressman Ed Royce has sent a letter to Hillary Clinton asking the secretary of state to pressure the communist nation on the topic during an upcoming trip to Hanoi. "W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2010

    Has Loretta Sanchez Created a "Big Bugaboo" in Vietnam?

    Protected worker?​A highly successful American businessman who lives in Hanoi says that Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Iowa Senator Tom Harkin have "overblown" the need for worker rights in Communist-run Vietnam, according to a July 13 Voice of American (VOA) article."From my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Loretta Sanchez to Obama: Slap Vietnam Now!

    Sanchez is playing hardball with Vietnam​OC Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a personal message today for President Barack Obama: Confront the Vietnamese prime minister over human rights violations in Vietnam.

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez Condemns Vietnam Cyberattacks, Assorted Douchebaggery

    ​Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is "outraged" that Vietnam used malware to illicitly monitor the Internet activity of human rights and democracy activists.

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Chuck Devore to China: Set Your Prisoners Free!

    In September 2001, Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine) self-published a book called "China Attacks" which envisioned a Chinese sneak attack against Taiwan that precipitates a third world war. Call it a case of bad timing: as the events of 9/11 suggested, China might not be America's worst enemy after all. In 20 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Royce, Sanchez Blast North Korea's Harsh Sentencing of Journos

    Two Orange County representatives in the U.S. Congress came out strongly today against North Korea's harsh sentencing of 12 years hard labor for two U.S. journalists charged with "hostile acts." The other four Members of Congress were silent.Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) emailed the Weekly t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Royce, Sanchez Blast North Korea's Harsh Sentencing of Journos

    Two Orange County representatives in the U.S. Congress came out strongly today against North Korea's harsh sentencing of 12 years hard labor for two U.S. journalists charged with "hostile acts." The other four Members of Congress were silent.Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) emailed the Weekly t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    Rohrabacher: Why aren't we causing a revolution in China?

    Last night in a C-SPAN televised speech, Dana Rohrabacher called Chinese government officials “gangsters,” slammed both Bush presidential administrations for failing to challenge China’s human rights abuses and complained that the U.S. Government isn’t working to spur a democratic revolution ... More >>

  • News

    August 23, 2007

    Waiting With Red-baited Breath

    Little Saigon’s latest wave of anti-communist fervor spreads beyond Viet Weekly

  • Features

    August 16, 2007

    Red Scare in Little Saigon

    Le Vu's Viet Weekly newspaper endures OC's latest anti-communist witch-hunt

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2007

    OC congressman: Japan must apologize for WWII sex

    KNBC is reporting today that Orange County Republican Congressman Ed Royce thinks the Japanese government hasn't adequately apologized for converting 200,000 Asian women into sex slaves — or "comfort women" — for its soldiers during World War II. Though Japan's prime minister has already apologi ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 5, 2007


    Allow me to write a similar column to !Ask a Mexican! called Ask an American, and lets see which column people like more

  • News

    June 28, 2007

    Protesters Don't Rattle Vietnam's President

    In OC, an affable Nguyen Minh Triet seeks to heal ‘old wounds’

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2007

    Sixteen Hours With Vietnam’s President

    Dozens of media outlets filed reports this weekend about the historic Orange County visit of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet, but only one American reporter gained exclusive access. Read R. Scott Moxley’s story in Thursday’s edition of the OC Weekly.

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2007

    Friday's Headlines

    Anger in the air:Vietnamese-Americans are expected to gather in Dana Point tonight to protest the presence of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet - who many have human rights and religious freedom questions for. Desegregation entry "festive" after all: Earlier in the week, we noted that a Hunting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2007

    Register Gone Red?

    The Orange County Register's parent company, Blackstone Group, said Red money is good money May 22 as they accepted $3 billion from its newest partner, the Chinese government, according to reports from several news agencies. Blackstone Group is a private equity firm that owns 28 daily newspapers and ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 12, 2006

    !Ask a Mexican!

    Special Rip-Off Edicion

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    Weak on both sides...

    … and radioactive in the middle. By now you know that North Korea has apparently successfully tested a nuclear weapon. (Experts prefer the term "device", rather than "weapon", but given the fact that this device's sole function is to cause large-scale destruction, I think the word weapon is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2006

    Irvine Wants Communist $$$ for the Great Park?

    The controversy surrounding Irvine's new "Sister City" relationship with Communist officials in Shanghai and the bizarre snub of democratic Taiwan began with numerous "irregularies," including breaches of protocol, "odd" outside influences and possible "deliberate deception," according to a June 21 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2006

    Put Up That Wall, Mr. Bush!

    There are people on the Right who still believe George W. Bush is the greatest thing since sliced Reagan. (People on the Left do, too, but in a totally different way.) So leave it to those qwaaaazy Minutemen Projectors to compare the Dubs to Reagan's archest enemy-turned-steam-room buddy: Mikhail Go ... More >>

  • Food

    June 3, 2004

    Mmmm . . . Freedom Naan

    India Houses buffet as a meal metaphor for the worlds largest democracy

  • Columns

    November 27, 2003
  • Food

    August 22, 2002

    Restaurant or Drug?

    The dangerous goodness of Cha Thai

  • News

    December 7, 2000

    Just Declare Victory

    Little Saigon embraces Vietnam trade

  • Food

    December 23, 1999

    Peace Meal

    The borderless delights of Pakistani and Indian food

  • News

    July 15, 1999

    The Phantom Menace

    Are American POWs still being held in Southeast Asia?

  • News

    July 1, 1999

    Ho Chi Minute Rice

    Congress debates trade with Vietnam, Little Saigon goes shopping

  • News

    March 18, 1999

    Guerrilla in the Midst

    The man behind the human-rights rhetoric

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