In the reading “Transnationalizing Vietnam” by Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde discussed the Vietnamese diasporas and many Vietnamese histories that I was not familiar with, such as anticommunist groups against a Vietnamese Newspaper, Nguoi Viet Daily for printing Chau Huynh’s “offensive” image of Pedicure Basin; unity flag of Chau Huynh’s art pieces (Marriage Quilt); and Vietnamese elected to office in the United States, Madison Nguyen, arising from a business district naming issue (Valverde 90).
Moreover, this reading helps me to better understand my parent’s arrival in the United States during 1991 from the American Homecoming Act, which was operated through the ODP. Furthermore, I did not know the terms about my parents in taking my sister and me to gather at the demonstration of Truong Van Tran Hi-Tek TV incident in Orange County in 1999 until this reading gave me contexts. Seeing the reaction and protests against Tran incident, Chau’s art piece, Madison Nguyen not supporting the Vietnamese community in naming a business center to “Little Saigon", I can see the limitation within the Vietnamese people protesting others’ freedom of speech and expression as their way of speaking up for “personal” ideas of freedom. I also can see the limitation of others’ freedom of speech and expression of how alternative views are suppressed regardless of their expression or idea has well-intended meaning behind it.
Many within the diasporas fear being labeled a community in relation to the protests that ensues. These efforts of protestors who deem those who are communist are due to how “anticommunism embedded in the early culture production of Vietnamese living in the United States has been their overarching ideology that has influenced their perception” (Valverde 12). Therefore, cocurator of F.O.B. II: Art Speaks, Lan Duong stated that the solution to this tension and strife in the diasporas would be that only when we let go of these limiting definitions of politics, art, and community and dialogue together can we truly move on to the process of healing and strengthening the Vietnamese community (Valverde 106). Today, we still see how the arisen in the diaspora and how these issues have shaped the diverse culture of the diaspora as in the example with San Jose council approves banning communist Vietnamese flag.
Question: What is the best way to strengthening in the diaspora and the Vietnamese community and lessen tensions due to differences in beliefs?
Giwargis, Ramona. San Jose council unanimously approves banning communist Vietnamese flag. The Mercury News. The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2017, http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/01/24/san-jose-council-unanimously-approves-banning-communist-vietnamese-flag/. Accessed 11 February 2017.
Valverde, Kieu-Linh Caroline. Transnationalizing Viet Nam. Philadelphia: Temple U Press, 2012. Print.