One People, One Vietnam

Posted in 2010, API, politics, random thoughts, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on March 31, 2010

I wonder if Vietnamese people really understand my music, or do they just support it because it doesn’t sound typical. If i shared my opinions and politics more openly, would ya’ll still support me? Would you condemn one of your own?

One people, one Vietnam. That’s what I stand for.

Bambu x Geo x MTK – Slow Down

Posted in 2010, 206 shit, API, Bambu, culture, film, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, L.A., music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, social issues, social life by nam on March 9, 2010

Heatery!

Grandma’s Eyes

Posted in 2009, API, culture, poetry, politics, racism, reflections, social issues, Vietnam by nam on December 9, 2009

My grandma’s tears resemble the bombs dropped our countryside

Raining down like it was our last typhoon

I see her whole life story through her eyes

A different chapter with every blink

A different memory with every stare

She recites her Catholic prayers hours upon hours a day

While staring out her apartment window

I will probably never tell her that I’m not religious anymore

But that doesn’t make me appreciate her faith any less.

Routine psalms whisper under her tongue

Like a soft breeze through a bamboo shoots

and I always wonder who or what she prays for

and if anyone is returning favor.

Raising 3 children, 4 if you count my grandpa, through a war blanketed by bloodshed and confusion,

a refugee camp, a drunken abusive husband and escape through three different countries…

ending up in the one that praises individuality and yet calls us gooks, japs, and chinks because to them we all look alike.

the one that ripped tear filled children away from their mother’s arms

with the illusion that they will be reunited

There’s no such thing as magic, only an illusion

Operation Baby Lift was nothing more than an illusion,

a trick up their camouflage sleeves.

You can’t fool my grandma. You can’t hustle a hustler.

She kept us together without knowing any English

even ‘til this day, besides “hello” “goodbye” and “thank you”.

And that’s more than enough, because to fully understand her,

all you need to do is take a look into her eyes, and see her story

a different chapter with every blink

a different memory with every stare.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, culture, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, music, Oh snap!, politics, rap, reflections, social issues by nam on November 9, 2009

 

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When i first heard of Macklemore, i was really new to the scene, and just finishing up my debut album. I finally copped “Language of My World” about a year after it released and it was one of the best ten bucks i ever spent.  Since 2007, we’ve been good homies and im blessed to know such a real, talented and amazing individual. Its been a minute since we’ve heard any new official music from Mack, so…Christmas came a little early this year…

via 2dopeboyz: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Otherside

Enjoy real music.

Surface Filipino-American activist Melissa Roxas now!

Posted in 2009, API, culture, news, politics, social issues, wtf by nam on May 24, 2009

H/T to Kiwi…

Contact: Kuusela Hilo BAYAN-USA Vice Chair – vicechair@bayanusa.org

Rhonda Ramiro BAYAN-USA Secretary General – secgen@bayanusa.org

BAYAN-USA, an alliance of 14 Filipino American organizations and chapter of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan Philippines), is calling on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Department of National Defense, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to immediately surface Melissa Roxas, an American citizen of Filipino descent who was abducted in the Philippines on May 19. BAYAN-USA also urgently calls on our representatives in the U.S. Congress to act quickly to ensure the safe return of Roxas.

Roxas is a well-known Filipino American activist, who served as the first Regional Coordinator of BAYAN-USA in Los Angeles and co-founded the cultural organization Habi Arts. Roxas is an active human rights advocate and was instrumental in organizing a BAYAN-USA contingent that participated in the International Solidarity Mission in 2005, an international fact finding mission that called attention to the escalating human rights violations in the Philippines. Roxas went to the Philippines in 2007 to pursue human rights work, where she became a full time volunteer health worker. She was abducted on May 19, 2009 at approximately 1:30 PM in Sitio Bagong Sikat, Barangay kapanikian, La Paz, Tarlac. She was with two other volunteers, Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Handoc.

Based on reports filed by the human rights group KARAPATAN and the La Paz police, Roxas and her companions were taken by at least 8 armed, hooded men riding two motorcycles and a Besta van without any license plate numbers. There has been no word on the whereabouts and condition of Roxas and her companions since the abduction. The circumstances of Roxas’ abduction typify the abductions and enforced disappearances of over 200 innocent civilians, allegedly last seen in the hands of suspected state security forces.

“We are deeply concerned about the abduction of Melissa Roxas, Juanito Carabeo and John Edward Handoc. We call for Melissa and her companions to be immediately surfaced unharmed,” said BAYAN-USA Secretary General Rhonda Ramiro. “We condemn the ongoing abductions and human rights violations that have been rampant under the Arroyo administration and victimized thousands of innocent people.”

The search for Roxas and her companions will be spearheaded by the human rights organization KARAPATAN, while BAYAN-USA, its member organizations, and allies will undertake an international campaign to exert pressure on the Arroyo government to surface Roxas. “We appeal to our elected officials, members of the Filipino American community, and all people in the U.S. who believe in human rights to take action to surface Melissa and her companions. Since we were founded in 2005, BAYAN-USA has campaigned ceaselessly for an end to the human rights violations in the Philippines, and we will not stop until we obtain justice for Melissa and all victims of human rights violations under Arroyo.”