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.

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.

Vietnam rejects ‘false and biased’ human rights report

Posted in 2009, API, culture, news, politics, social issues, Vietnam by nam on February 27, 2009

HA NOI — Viet Nam has denounced the false information contained in an annual report on human rights issued by the US Department of State on Wednesday.

Answering queries regarding Viet Nam’s reaction to the report, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Le Dung yesterday said, “We reject the biased remarks based on erroneous information about Viet Nam that is contained in the US Department of State’s 2008 report.”

The Ministry spokesman reiterated that the public’s rights to basic freedoms are clearly stated in Viet Nam’s constitution and other legal documents and were respected in practice.

“People participate in all fields of social life,” Dung said, asserting that this had been an important factor in the success of the country’s renovation.

“Over the past years, Viet Nam has recorded great achievements in ensuring people’s rights across all fields , civil, political, economic, cultural and social, which are recognised by the international community,” he said.

The spokesman stressed: “The Vietnamese State respects the people’s democratic freedoms and continually creates favourable conditions for its citizens to exercise them, but also fights the misuse of these rights to undermine State interests and the rights and legal interests of organizations and individuals.”

He asked the US to take an objective and comprehensive approach to differences in human rights between the two countries, one based on dialogue and understanding, with a spirit of co-operation and mutual respect, considering the historical, economic, cultural and social characteristics of each country, thus helping to broaden the mutual understanding. — VNS

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Funny, didn’t i just post something about human rights in Vietnam last month? I’m pretty sure i did…oh yeah, HERE. I’m pretty sure that will be swept under the rug. Also…

“The Vietnamese State respects the people’s democratic freedoms and continually creates favourable conditions for its citizens to exercise them, but also fights the misuse of these rights to undermine State interests and the rights and legal interests of organizations and individuals.

Now, along with other parts in the article, that whole sentence above contradicts itself and is total BULLSHIT. So basically you’re saying that the people are cool… as long as they, any single person or an organization, doesn’t question or protest the system and it’s actions? Give me a break.

Nguoi-Viet 2 (Cali)

Click on the pic to read the article…

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H/T to Northwest Viet Magazine

NW Vietnamese Weekly…

Posted in 2009, 206 shit, API, culture, FTW, Hip Hop, homies, lol, music, politics, social issues, social life, videos, Vietnam by nam on February 20, 2009

did an article on me in last week’s issue, and they also worked on a video as well. Hella dope…but, i am never answering any questions in Vietnamese regarding Hip Hop again! HAHAHA, at 2:38 in the video, im pretty sure i made no sense whatsoever.

Big ups to NW Viet Weekly, and everyone who contributed to the video!