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Photo credit: Eddie Adams (AP)

(This is the first of a multi-part series debunking liberal media myths about the Vietnam War.)

The Photo That Lost the War?
It’s one of the most famous images of the 20th century. Eddie Adams’ Pulitzer Prize winning 1968 photograph of an execution on a Vietnam street has been reprinted and reenacted countless times. In the film Stardust Memories, Woody Allen’s depressed character decorates his kitchen with a colossal mural of the image, to illustrate his angst. A post-modern artist recreated the iconic image in Lego.

However, few know the true story behind the photograph, which some cultural critics claim, then and now, “helped America lose the war.”

While lecturing on college campuses to promote his book Stalking the Vietnam Myth, author H. Bruce Franklin discovered that most students “were convinced the original photo depicted a North Vietnamese or communist officer executing a South Vietnamese civilian prisoner.”

However, the executioner was the chief of the South Vietnamese Police — an American ally. The victim was a captured Vietcong insurgent whose comrades in arms had themselves been summarily executing anyone associated with the South Vietnamese and the Americans.

After killing the captured prisoner, the police chief told journalists, “Many Americans have been killed these last few days and many of my best Vietnamese friends. Now do you understand? Buddha will understand.”

The photograph helped make Eddie Adams famous, but he wished he’d never taken it. Due to its notoriety, the photo ruined the police chief’s life, turning him into an internationally hated (and misunderstood) villain for all time. Adams never forgave himself.

As Eddie Adams once wrote in Time magazine,

“The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn’t say was, ‘What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American soldiers?'”

The Girl In The Picture
An equally infamous photograph snapped during the Vietnam War depicts a little girl running, naked and terrified, from her bombed out village, her clothing burned from her body in the blast.

Most people believe her village was attacked by Americans. It was not.

In fact, the village was accidentally bombed by the Vietnamese Air Force, who were nearby targeting communist North Vietnamese fortifications. In other words, this was an “all-Vietnamese” fight. Even the photographer was Vietnamese. No Americans were involved.

Adding to the confusion: in 1996, a Methodist minister publicly approached Kim Phuc, the “girl in the picture” and asked her forgiveness for ordering the strike. The trouble is: this man had nothing to do with the bombing. He was a lowly soldier stationed miles away.

Whie such stories of reconciliation are undeniably moving, Kim’s public “forgiveness” of this confused man, “must be viewed with the realization that while she is free to insinuate anything she pleases about the countries which give her refuge and support, she cannot freely criticize the Communist government of her former homeland. Although a political refugee in Canada, her relatives still live in Viet Nam.”

The minister’s motives are less clear or noble, but seem to be a blend of self-loathing and self-promotion.

These and other phony tales of American “atrocities” mar the image of the United States at home and abroad. Since the Vietnam War is constantly held up by the anti-war Left as an example of a failed, “racist,” “imperialist” conflict which only ended thanks to the “peaceful” protests of “courageous” hippies, getting the facts right is tremendously important.

Stay tuned for the next installments in this series.

The first Vietnamese private aircraft will take to the skies next week, says its owner Doan Nguyen Duc, chairman of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (HAGL), a well-known Vietnamese conglomerate.

Duc told Thanh Nien Wednesday that the Vietnam Air Services Co. has finished 95 percent of procedures permitting his Beechcraft King Air 350 to take off.

When the procedures get completed by next week, the plane will fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku Town, where HAGL is headquartered, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, Duc said.

Duc bought the aircraft from the US for US$7 million in May this year.

Reported by Tran Hung

www.chinaview.cn 2008-09-10 11:16:00 Print

HANOI, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) — Some 2,800 Vietnamese women and children were trafficked to foreign countries, mainly neighboring ones, between 2005 and June 2008, many of whom have been forced to act as prostitutes, local newspaper Youth reported Wednesday.

Criminals often told women that they would help them tour or do business across borders, but in fact sold them to prostitution dens or foreign men in remote areas, said delegates to a national conference on human trafficking held in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Besides, a number of Vietnamese women and children have been trafficked via air and sea routes to farther countries such as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and some European and American nations, Nguyen Quoc Nhat, vice director of the Social Order-Related Crime Investigation Department under the Ministry of Public Security, said, noting that they have been forced to work as either prostitutes or slaves.

The trafficking of Vietnamese infants, men and human viscera are showing embryonic signs, he said at the conference.

Expatriates living in Vietnam are the stars of a popular new game show airing every Wednesday this month until the end of November.

Titled “Say it if you dare,” the 30-minute game show – aired only in Vietnamese – features expat contestants who are taught Vietnamese words by two local celebrities. Contestants must then use the words in situations given by the judges such as bargaining at the markets or ordering at restaurants.

The judges will evaluate the contestants’ pronunciation and ability to use the words they have learnt.

The show, broadcast on VTC7 at 8 p.m. Wednesdays, is hoped to foster good relations between expats and Vietnamese citizens.

For information about the show, email todaytv@imcorp.com.vn or phone (08) 830 4448.

Reported by Da Ly

miss vietnam pics

July 13, 2008

Laura Dundovic, Miss Australia 2008, competes in a gown of her choice during the Evening Gown segment
Anya Ayoung-Chee, Miss Trinidad & Tobago 2008

Nguyen Thuy Lam, Miss VIETNAM 2008 and Gavintra Photijak, Miss THAILAND 2008
Claudia Ferraris, Miss Italy 2008, and Carolina Dementiev Justavino, Miss Panama 2008
Laura Dundovic, Miss Australia 2008, poses for a photo in her Vietnam Swans Australian Rules Football jersey

Independence Day Potluck Picnic
Organized by Viet Art Center
Sponsored by St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church
Location: Viet Art Center/St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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Time: 3pm-5pm
Come (and bring food to share) and to have the final viewing of our exhibition “Memories of Vietnam” and join the Vietnam veterans for a picnic to celebrate Independence Day.
Everyone is welcome! I hope to meet you all at our new office inside the beautiful premises of St. Anselm Episcopal Church.

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Michael Burr Photography
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Awards flood Vietnamese artists
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The Golden Album Awards Ceremony

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnamese artists are honoured by a lot of awards annually, but do these awards bring them fame and audience recognition?


The field that has the record for the number of awards is perhaps music, with Blue Wave of the HCM City People’s Voice Radio, Yellow Apricot of the Labourer Newspaper, Morning Star and Morning Star – Rendezvous of Vietnam Television (VTV), Sing on TV and TV Music Star of HCM City Television (HTV), Platinum Star of Screen – Stage Magazine, New Generation Diva of Movie – Stage Magazine, Dedication of Sports and Culture Newspaper, VTV – The Songs I Love, Vietnamese Song, Golden Album and others.


Meanwhile, movie awards include the Golden Lotus of the Vietnam Movie Agency, Golden Kite of the Vietnam Movie Association; and stage arts have the Tran Huu Trang Awards, the Awards of the Vietnam Stage Art Association, VTV’s Funny Gala, HTV Awards of HTV, etc.


Why are there so many awards? Because any agency can present awards. Most media agencies in Vietnam have their own awards. Big TV stations like VTV and HTV regularly organise music contests. Newspapers also hold music, art, and beauty contests.


However, is there any award that is internationally prestigious? Perhaps not.


There are many problems associated with the existing awards. For a very long time, organisers invited experts in each field to be jury members of awards. When award winners didn’t become famous after receiving awards, organisers invited journalists as jury members. Some organising boards give the audience the power to select the winners, hoping that the winners will be more famous and successful after receiving the audience’s support (by sending messages through mobile phones). But their expectations have failed.


Some artists say they cannot refuse to be nominees of some awards and these awards have no meaning for their career because the awards themselves are not prestigious. They also say art awards in Vietnam are spiritually meaningful, not materially.


(Source: TN)

Lien, 25, becomes youngest Vietnamese to obtain doctorate

Ms. Nguyen Kieu Lien (L)  

Nguyen Kieu Lien, the recipient of a £90,000 per year Bill Gates Special Scholarship at the UK’s Cambridge University since 2003, has become the youngest Vietnamese PhD at the age of 25.

Lien took just two years to complete her thesis on “Terahertz spectroscopy and imaging in chemical engineering.”

She had also written books like “Science and Technology of the 20th Century” and “Stories about famous scientists.”

Seven years ago, Lien, the then a student of the Hanoi University of Medicine, won a chemistry scholarship to the University of Adelaide (Australia) where she was an excellent student and won many awards.

After graduating from the University of Adelaide in 2003, Lien was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship that allowed her to pursue a PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK.

She is now working as an engineer at TWI Ltd. in the UK, specializing in applying high power lasers in the manufacturing industry. Lien expects to continue to work in the UK for the next three or four years.

Reported by Thien Long – Compiled by Vinh Bao

Is Hollywood Giving Asian Men More Love?

By: Philip W. Chung, Oct 22, 2007

Tags: Reel Stories, Arts & Entertainment |


I caught the second episode of NBC’s revamped The Bionic Woman on Wednesday night, and Korean American actor Will Yun Lee plays Jae Kim, one bad ass mofo. He gets to kick ass, has an interesting back-story, is clearly an American character so no accent or other FOB characteristics and, rarest of all, gets to play a fully realized sexual being.

Kim pines for his ex-wife, played by blond Battlestar Galactica hottie Katee Sackhoff, who also happens to be the original evil bionic woman whom Kim had to “kill.” In the episode I saw, the two even got their own love scene.

Just a few years ago, it would have been hard to imagine a character like this on prime-time network TV. But along with characters played by Daniel Dae Kim of Lost (to be joined this season by The Sopranos’ Ken Leung); B.D. Wong of Law & Order: SVU; Kal Penn of House; Masi Oka, Sendhil Ramamurthy and James Kyson Lee of Heroes, and even Rex Lee of HBO’s Entourage, not only are there more Asian male faces, but also three-dimensional characters who are more than token window dressing.

Mainstream film may be slower in showing love to the brothers, but there are small signs of progress — Kal Penn and John Cho will return next year in the Harold and Kumar sequel, and director Justin Lin seems determined to single-handedly change Hollywood’s perception of Asian men with films like Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and his latest, Finishing the Game.

But is there a genuine shift taking place, or is this just a blip that will soon be forgotten?

Two decades ago, a young Vietnamese American actor named Dustin Nguyen burst onto the scene playing an undercover detective on the TV series 21 Jump Street. Nguyen’s character was just one of the guys and got to catch the baddies alongside his fellow heartthrobs, including a young Johnny Depp.

That experience has made Nguyen sensitive to how Hollywood has portrayed APA males over the years.

“Have things changed? Well, you can’t ignore shows like Lost or Heroes that have a very intelligent treatment of Asian males,” says Nguyen, who also stars in Finishing the Game. “But I wonder how much improvement in terms of quality there has been for Asian American males.”

Let’s not forget that in the 1960s Hollywood gave a shot to men like James Shigeta, who played the romantic lead in films like The Crimson Kimono and Flower Drum Song, and George Takei on Star Trek. However, those turned out to be just temporary blips on the road to business-as-usual.

But there are reasons why we might look at our current situation with guarded optimism.

If a genuine shift for the positive does occur, I think future historians will look at both Lost and Heroes as watershed moments. Not only were both shows major hits and pop culture phenomena, but their Asian male characters have become memorable, break-out presences who have made an impact on all viewers. I doubt NBC would have allowed The Bionic Woman’s producers to make Lee’s character an Asian American male had they not seen the success of similar characters on those previous shows. If these characters and shows continue to succeed, you can bet that the powers that be will be more open to do the same.

On the film front, I know of at least a dozen Hollywood projects in development featuring prominent Asian or APA male characters in non-stereotypical roles.

Whether these films ever get made and have an impact remains to be seen. But I think the best bets are our own Justin Lins. Just as Spike Lee almost single-handedly spawned a new wave of African American filmmakers and actors, all we need is that one guy to lead the way.

Philip W. Chung is a writer and co-artistic director of Lodestone Theatre Ensemble.


  1. I agree, we, API s are lacking the full representation in motion picture, music, entertainment, sport, media, publishing, politic/public sectors, etc.

    We must push to enter into the non-traditional roles and businesses. They are higher profit margin, higher respect, more power, and more attention. Why not?

    I don’t see any reason we should be reserved in this matter. Each of us must have that buring fire in our heart, to make things happen, to take back the glory, to steal back the marketshare now enjoyed by mainstream America and other minorities.

    We must have a vision, goals, and actions. No matter what you do in any profession. Take it to the top, give back, and share your wealth. You will last a long way. Don’t look back, don’t think traditional, but never imaged before!

    –EL on Oct 22, 2007


    Posted October 22, 2007 at 6:40 pm | Permalink


  2. Guys:
    I have serious doubts that things have really changed, other than the fact that Philip W. Chung is a distinct and solid addition to AsianWeek correspondents.
    It isn’t that the male Asian actors who have managed to get past the casting coucnes are wanting, or that the roles cited are less than valid.
    The sad fact is that the mass “audience” will never be there so long as the Great Unwashed continue to be regaled and regimented into the narrow confines of the stereotypical Pavlov-dog response to ANYthing.
    I refer you to the year Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” made it onstage to the er, ah “Oscars.”
    Were they not “Asian,” both John Lone AND Joan Chen should have been “nominated” along with the director.
    Others as well.
    But this is Gollywood, and unless you can afford agent, press agent AND personal manager, rotsa ruck, kiddo.
    Mr. Chung has already reached the understanding that showbiz is ONE TOUGH NUT. Not only to “crack,”
    but, more importantly, to place in perspective.
    I note that James Franco? is involved with Justin Lin’s latest foray into tbe muddy trenches. Now, there’s a non-Asian actor to contemplate. His James Dean outfoxed the original.
    No, guys, the proof in this pudding is, likely, less than obvious and more than disregarded.
    Stick by your guns, do your damnedest, and damn the pufflicity torpedoes.
    And I hope you can make a living doing so.
    Frank Eng

    –Frank Eng on Oct 22, 2007


    Frank Eng
    Posted October 22, 2007 at 10:33 pm | Permalink


  3. Frank, always appreciate your insightful comments regarding my columns and elsewhere. Thanks for the feedback.

    –Phil Chung on Oct 23, 2007


    Phil Chung
    Posted October 23, 2007 at 12:13 am | Permalink


  4. It’s a fact that in every Anglo-Saxon society around the world, be it the U.S., Canada, the U.K., New Zealand, or Australia, Asian men are systematically placed at the bottom of the sexual totem pole.

    At the same time, black men are placed at the top of the ladder right below white men, in a desperate attempt to alleviate white guilt and appear “open-minded and tolerant.”

    So have we progressed?

    The answer is no if you compare it to the utter adolation and sacred cow status reserved for African-Americans in television and Hollywood vs. the scraps from the table thrown to guys like John Cho and Will Yun Lee.

    The problem goes far deeper than media casting. I believe an inherent bias instilled within Anglo-Saxon males to disrespect, malign, and assault the manhood of Asian men.

    –Gabe on Nov 15, 2007


    Posted November 15, 2007 at 12:53 pm | Permalink


  5. Enjoyed the insights of the article and comments, as an 18 year old asian male and a struggling actor there is no doubt that type casting will always be present, that is the nature of the beast!… has there been progression?, yes do i believe it will continue ? certainly! When it comes down to it the fact is that acting and show biz is a field where anything can happen, and thats the risk every actor takes. We all want to be hollywood and yearn for our faces to touch the silver screen. Secondly, I strongly believe that talent will get you places no matter the circumstance, wheter your asian, latino, black or white, talent can never be overlooked or neglected. Listen gentleman, the problem is present and theres no denying but actions speak louder than words. I hope I can play part to shifting this ridiculous notion and shine a positive light. One person can make a difference. So lets just do it; whoever you or wherever you are if you have this dream get it done don’t hold back let your face be known and carry a strong heart. Only time will tell.

    –Danny Hyon on Nov 24, 2007


    Danny Hyon
    Posted November 24, 2007 at 12:20 am | Permalink


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Best danged chef in the whole US is Vietnamese






Huynh Hung, 29, an ethnic Vietnamese chef championed the “Top Chef 3 Miami” contest held by U.S. Bravo! TV.

The final round Wednesday – Thursday morning, (Indochina Time) was a cook-off between Hung and two other contestants, Texan Casey Thompson, 29, and Dale Levitski, 34, of Illinois.Each chef had to prepare three original dishes and one compulsory dish.

The final round was captivating right up to the final seconds in which the winner was declared, reported Reality TV.

Hung won the final round with a scrumptious-looking duck dish. Now a resident of Las Vegas, Huynh Hung was born 1978 in Ho Chi Minh City.

“I want to boost Vietnamese cuisine abroad,” declared Hung in his acceptance speech, “I want the world to know where I’m from.”

Hung also teased his competitors and audiences alike with a supposed revelation of his culinary “secret weapons.”

“Fish sauce and all kinds of salted fish direct from Vietnam,” he wryly ventured.

Reported by Nguyen Quan

Exclusive Interview: Hung Huynh of ‘Top Chef’

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October 3, 2007Tonight, Bravo will air the finale of Top Chef where Casey Thompson, Dale Levitski, and Hung Huynh will compete for the grand prize in Aspen.  Though he is considered to be the strongest chef technically, Hung has only won one elimination challenge.  He has, however, pulled off four wins in the quickfire challenges.  He has been criticized by the judges for not showing enough of himself in his food.  He feels that he has been passionate about his work and is clearly the strongest chef there.  Surprised to be in the finale with Casey and Dale, Hung promises that, tonight, he’ll show his best work to date.  Today, he took a few minutes before the live finale to talk to BuddyTV.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.

Hey everybody, this is Gina and I’m talking to one of the finalists on Bravo’s Top Chef, Hung. How ya doin’?

Fine, thank you.

It was really interesting when Tom started asking you guys why you were so passionate about being in the competition. You talked a lot about your family and growing up around food … can you talk a little bit about your background and your family?

Yeah, well,  after the war in Vietnam everyone was starving to death and my dad was in the army, so he had to escape a re-education camp or be locked up for life. So he had to escape when I was a couple months old, along with two of my brothers and my uncles and all that stuff. One of my other brothers had escaped with my other cousins and they went to Australia, so that leaves one of my other brothers and I and my mom back in Vietnam. We were left behind, and my whole family was separated the whole time … for like nine or ten years. I didn’t meet my other brothers and my dad until I was 9 years old, like 8 or 9 years old.

My dad and my brothers came to America with nothing, nothing. Not even welfare. And now I’m given this opportunity to live in this country and I’m going to take full advantage of the opportunity that it has to offer, that’s what really drives me. Really, you only get a total of one hour of me with all the shows combined total and they think they know me, they think they know my life, they don’t! They don’t know what drives me and I’m glad I have a chance to talk about it now, you know?

Yea, your family must be so proud of you because you really are living the American dream. What’s your family’s reaction been since they’ve been seeing you on the show?

They’re really proud. They’re really happy that I didn’t make a fool out of myself. I do really have a deep, deep passion and I’m glad they get a chance to see what I really do, meaning, professionally. Working for french chefs … and that’s why I’m sacrificing myself all this time. I’ve been out of my house since I was like 16 or 17 years old, still going to high school, but still holding like two jobs at like really prestigious places. That’s how passionate I am about what I do and that’s how much I want to compete. I mean, you’re given one gift if you’re lucky in this world and I’m gifted with this talent and I want to use it to the full experience.

Prior to being on the show, how long had you been cooking in Vegas?

Well, I left just 7 years ago, and I thought I would never, ever, ever come back to Las Vegas but 7 years later, here I am. there was a position open for Guy Savoy and I’ve been here for a year and a half almost.

There’s a lot of chefs who have been on the show from Vegas.  What is it about the food there that makes it really stand out?

There’s a lot of great chefs out here and good restaurants out here. I think the biggest is it has the most variety of restaurants outside of New York. A lot of talent out here. A lot of people with passion, you know, and good restaurants.

As you watch the episodes of the show, how do you think that you did in the competition throughout?

I think I had a lot of fun, first of all, and some challenges didn’t really let me shine as a professional chef. People that are home cooks or just mediocre cooks or caterers can do those challenges really well, but me … I was thinking about things professionally so I think I didn’t do as well as I wanted to I guess. When I came back for the Finale, I was much more calm, much more calm. I’m a calm person, and then I could really focus on what I wanted to do and in the finale I was able to let my food shine.

Yeah, you’re in the finale with Casey and Dale, are those the two people you expected to be with at the end?

Oh no. No no no no no. It was Tre and then maybe Lia. Other than that, no, I didn’t expect any of them. But Casey you know, she’s good you know, I was surprised. People were judging me way to hard. Chef Tom saying I’m technically the best chef but I don’t have soul. Lets think about this: technique is what’s involved in cooking as a craft …to make a good craft, you need to have good technique. It’s the way of doing something. What does Chef Tom make a million dollars off of? Craft. So I don’t know how people are criticizing me for having great technique. You know, how to get where I am today takes passion. When’s the last time anybody went to a restaurant and said ‘Oh, the food sucks, but I taste the soul in it.’

Now you get to go to Aspen for the finale or you did go to Aspen, had you ever been there before?

No, I hadn’t. It was a beautiful place.

You were able to take your own things with you to help you cook for the finale, right?


What did you end up bringing with you?

I brought things that I like to eat, a lot of Asian ingredients.

So the judges were on your case saying that you didn’t make enough Asian food or they didn’t see you in the food that you made, will we get to see more Asian food in the finale?

Yes. You’re going to get to see pork, wonton soup … I mean c’mon!

The Finale of Bravo’s Top Chef airs tonight at 10 o’clock and I just wanted to wish you good luck.

Thank you very much.

– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer