Just going to leave this here…

“Another hot button topic in our country right now is illegal immigration. Often you’ll hear people (mostly those critical of immigrant rights) use the phrase “Illegals” when talking about undocumented immigrants. Yet Holocaust Survivor and world-renown writer and activist Elie Wiesel has famously told us that, “no human being is illegal.” His reasoning:

“Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal… Once you label a people ‘illegal,’ that is exactly what the Nazis did to Jews.””

From this great article

Sweet Sixteen

Here’s a poem that I wrote looking back on those teenage years. Growing pains, we all got them.

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The Vietnamese American Identity, by Nghia Le


If you have talked to me in the last 2-3 years you may have noticed that I have been in 1) an identity development overload and 2) a continuous reflective state. I guess they go hand in hand a bit. The VIA-1 theme “Bridging Identities” and this past UNAVSA-12 staff retreat has got me thinking about my Vietnamese American identity and why it has been important for me to continue to reflect on all pieces of that identity and why I think it is important for all of us to as well.

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The Education Equation

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It would be so much easier if the black was black, and the white was white; but when the wife beater is your friend, and the frequenter of prostitutes is someone you respect, lines become blurred. The light becomes darker, and the darkness, pockmarked by lightness.

I found myself in the midst of this bleak black and white confusion when a recent acquaintance was telling me about his previous night out with his Muay Thai trainer: “I had promised him a pussy after fight so yesterday paid for it”.

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Thai soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

This article articulates something that I have taken issue with since my first day in Thailand. Scenes of rape and the way men and women are portrayed in Thai soap opera is, to be frank, unacceptable.

In Thailand, the television is rarely off. It serves as background noise. A sort of (awful) lullaby that many Thais fall asleep too or position their children in front of in the evenings.

That film and television are highly influential mediums is widely acknowledged as fact, yet for some reason, countries such as Thailand continue to broadcast programmes which perpetuate gender roles that are not only utterly boring, but extremely dangerous.

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I could write film essays forever, here is one I wrote titled: “How can you account for the huge box office success of My Girl?”

My Girl, or ‘Fan Chan’, was enormously successful. It was the top domestic film at the Thai box office the year of its release and was the ninth top grossing Thai film of 2000-2010. Why was this?

To put it simply, the film is easy to watch. At the centre of the film is not its dialogue, but beautiful scenery, retro memorabilia, eighty’s pop music, emotional trinkets and culture references. These familiar devices transform old objects into emotional reminders of what was.

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