It's almost impossible to overestimate the number of superb books inspired by the relationship between Vietnam and the United States. There are, for example, classics such as Graham Greene's "The Quiet American," Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie," Michael Herr's "Dispatches," Robert Olen Butler ... More >>
The Vietnamese International Film Festival showcases a national and diaspora movie industry on the rise
A new Vietnamese restaurant in isn't news, especially in South County, the new pho frontier. But a Vietnamese restaurant that serves beignets in South County? You don't see that everyday.
My colleague R. Scott Moxley recently wrote of the shitstorm kicked up after The Amazing Race had contestants visiting Vietnam watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi. If there was increased interest (and ratings?) ... More >>
One of the token liberals on Fox News is blasting CBS for airing an Amazing Race broadcast this week that required contestants visiting Vietnam to watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi.Bob Beckel--a cantankerous, lo ... More >>
A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronst ... More >>
Orange County's Chrisstian Pax Joseph Manshack lied on his U.S. passport application so he could flee the country for Asia in the hopes of outrunning domestic violence charges.But any relief Manshack felt when he first landed in Thailand evaporated while in China.Communist agents arrested him for ov ... More >>
Two journalists at Nguoi Viet Daily News, the country's oldest and most respected Vietnamese newspaper, are suing a rival Little Saigon newspaper for publishing inflammatory accusations involving secret, foreign communist influence and sex.Dat Huy Phan and Vinh Hoang claim that Hoang Duoc Thao (AKA ... More >>
So there's there's this video of a frenzy over fresh seafood at an all-you-can-eat restaurant in Vietnam. The clip shows patrons of the restaurant standing next to a buffet waiting and then grabbing the seafood in a mad rush as soon it's dropped into the vat. It's the same kind of scene we're all fa ... More >>
It's no secret that PETA is no friend of KFC's. And now, the fried chicken purveyor has angered the people at Greenpeace, too. The organization has recently alleged that The Colonel has been using wood harvested from Indonesia's rain forest for the paper in its signature chicken buckets. Along with ... More >>
While most Americans may have forgotten the anniversary, memories of South Vietnam remain poignant in Orange County's Little Saigon region, the world's largest Vietnamese refugee community.On Bolsa Avenue sidewalks this afternoon a youthful, energetic crowd of several dozen protesters gathered, wave ... More >>
Why is Rakenrol so cool? The Philippine movie, screening today at 5 p.m. at UC Irvine, doesn't have a groundbreaking plot: it's the story of an indie band trying to make it big, where the members come of age, and there's a love story (natch) to boot. It's not just that the motley cast is endeari ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] This Tustin Thai restaurant, while delicious, wants to offer more
From Bolsavik.comWord has come from Malaysia that Nguyen Cao Ky, the former president of South Vietnam who spent years in Orange County after the Vietnam War, has passed away.The story first appeared in the English-language media via Bolsavik, the English-language blog of Nguoi Viet editor ... More >>
thepogiboytruck.comSince this whole food-truck thing happened, there have been a few Filipino food trucks to debut, including Tapa Boy, Manila Machine and White Rabbit. All are LA-based. But The Pogi Boy Truck, if I'm not mistaken, is OC's first Filipino food truck.
That's right, folks: Welcome the return of our 100 Favorite Dishes list! How does it differ from last year's supposedly authoritative list? That was 2010; this is 2011, silly! Some dishes from last year will appear on this year's list; some, alas, no longer exist or didn't exist last year. Why ar ... More >>
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Hip Hop in Ho Chi MinhThe acclaimed Vietnamese International Film Festival (VIFF)--an eight-day showcase of short and feature films--launches tonight in Irvine with Stephane Gauger's impressive Saigon Electric, a drama about hip hop dancers and present day youth culture in Vietnam.You can see Gau ... More >>
There's a YouTube documentary for everything. Proof: One day last week, I was nostalgic for the street foods of Indonesia and thought, "Surely, by now, someone's gone around and videotaped a few and put the vids up to share." I was right. A YouTuber named matkiding has done just this. His chann ... More >>
Headline: Murderer: I Should Have Been Freed 10 Years AgoEditor's Note: This story has nothing to do with illegal immigration. Comment by PALEBYCOMPARISON: Deport Him to the Hanoi Hilton. Now!Comment by CATEAPARTY: Ship him and his family back to VietnamComment by OCBENGALS: Deport them al ... More >>
Royce doesn't like Ho Chi Minh's legacyRepublican Congressman Ed Royce must be getting tired of U.S. officials ignoring what he sees as Vietnam's "ugly human rights record."The latest offender to Royce's sensibilities on the subject is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.According to the veteran F ... More >>
Image from Google Maps Gustavo told me recently he heard news that Carl's Jr. opened its first franchise in Indonesia this month. And then on the same day, in a sort of bizarre cosmic coincidence, I got word a new Indonesian grocery store opened in Fullerton. In a bit of food quid pro quo, OC ... More >>
After receiving complaints from many Vietnamese residents about The3Mien.com, police contacted a representative of the Westminster money-wire company. A computer glitch was blamed for funds failing to be sent to Vietnam and the business having to temporarily close its doors. Patrons were instruct ... More >>
Royce to Clinton: Don't be a wimp in HanoiDemonstrating 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 >>
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 >>
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Flickr user Bob JagendorfI've never tasted dog before, nor am I seeking to, but would chomp on some meat if the opportunity ever presented itself. I hear rumors of all types of illegal meats offered in Orange County restaurants (endangered sea turtle, horse, dog, etc.), but haven't bothered to ch ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] The OC congresswoman's tough stance on human trafficking should play well in Little Saigon
Sanchez is playing hardball with VietnamOC Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a personal message today for President Barack Obama: Confront the Vietnamese prime minister over human rights violations in Vietnam.
Vietnam has a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy tooSaving itself a couple of news cycles of international embarrassment, Vietnam has denied a visa to Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who had been traveling in Asia and hoped to enter the country to meet with disgruntled citizens who say the ... More >>
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Changes throughout (see below) . . . Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's OfficeI've heard of chicken legs, but this is ridiculous.Duc Le of Garden Grove pleaded guilty today to conspiring to illegally bring live Asian songbirds into the United States by attaching them to the legs o ... More >>
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) is "outraged" that Vietnam used malware to illicitly monitor the Internet activity of human rights and democracy activists.
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