Author: Katie Trinh

CHINA: Chinese Supreme Court Judge Lashes Out at Trump

KATIE TRINH WRITES – As President Trump’s term proceeds apace, so does the steady drumbeat of his Twitter output. It is to no surprise that almost any criticism directed towards President Trump will rate a response by none other than Trump himself. And that can make for a whole lot of Tweets. In his first month of presidency, Trump signed numerous executive orders, one of the most controversial being the “travel ban” on people entering the U.S. coming from seven of the highest Muslim-population countries. For this, Trump received a general public-opinion backlash and his orders had to face...

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VIETNAM – Facebook Censors the “Napalm Girl”

KATIE TRINH WRITES – Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten, posts Nick Ut’s photo of “Napalm Girl” on their Facebook page. However, within hours, Facebook removes the photo because the image violates the company’s standards on nudity.   Pulitzer Prize recipient, Nick Ut, photographed the Vietnam war with hopes of stopping the war by depicting just how horribly it affected people. “Napalm Girl” shows a girl, nude, fleeing from her village which had just been bombed. While there is obvious nudity in the photograph, the message delivered is anything but sexual. It is disturbing. It is heartbreaking. It is iconic.   After...

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KATIE TRINH WRITES – The aftermath of the South China Sea disputes led Vietnam to look for new partnerships with the U.S., and now – worried – China wants in on the action. This past Tuesday on September 13, Chinese Premier Li Kequiang and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc came to an agreement to handle maritime matters in “bilateral substantial cooperation.” Prime Minister Phuc thereupon embarked on a six-day tour around China to talk about establishing cooperation and trust between the two Communist states. However, according to Forbes Magazine, the Vietnamese Prime Minister is just doing his “due diligence to preserve ties...

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INTERVIEW: Iconic Photographer Nick Ut Hangs Up His Camera

KATIE TRINH WRITES – Everyone has a story, a unique and personal story. Both my parents were born in Vietnam. Their roots originated in China but they emigrated to Vietnam to escape Communism. Communism eventually spread to Vietnam and my family escaped once again. They migrated to the Philippines and Malaysia before making their way to California through a church sponsorship during the Vietnam War. My parents were young, no older than 13 years old. They both came from big families and some relatives were lost on the journey to the land of the free. They learned English, struggled...

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VIETNAM: Infidelity and the New Scarlet Letter

KATIE TRINH WITES – Whether it’s religious influences, social norms, or human nature, society tends to view a “relationship” as exclusively between an individual man and an individual woman – or in today’s increasing acceptance of various sexualities, a man and a man, a woman and a woman, and so on. Monogamy is valued worldwide and Vietnam took it a step further, making it a legal matter, much like story of Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter but without the public humiliation and shame. In 1999, the Vietnamese Penal Code outlined the consequences of adultery in Article 147. The...

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