The Music of Viet Khang
It’s been over one month since the Vietnamese police arrested Viet Khang, a musician who was brave enough to raise the crimes of the Communist Party to the public. Through his music, Viet Khang questions the rule of the Communists and shames them for their long list of atrocities they have committed against the country. Because of his music, Viet Khang is now in jail, but because of Viet Khang, the Communists are terrified.
There are two songs of Viet Khang’s songs that have caused quite a stir in the Communist country. One song is titled “Viet Nam Toi Dau?”, which translates to “Where Is My Vietnam?” The other song is called “Anh La Ai?”, when translated to English, means “Who Are You?” Both of these songs raise some very core issues in Vietnam today, issues that the Vietnamese government has been trying to cover up for the longest time.
The song shared above is “Viet Nam Toi Dau (Where Is My Vietnam)?”, and raises the issues of the Chinese invasion and the islands of Paracel and Spatley. Basically, Viet Khang just sings about all of the embarassing concessions that the Vietnamese government has made to China, and asking when it all went so wrong. The answer is easy: The Communists ruined the country, and Viet Khang is saying it through song.
Unfortunately for all my non-Vietnamese speakers, there is no English translation in this video, so you’ll just have to bare with me. Don’t worry though, I’ve already told you the gist of the song, and the video footage will certainly help facilitate your understanding, even if the words are foreign. The next song, “Anh La Ai (Who Are You)?” which, in my opinion, is even powerful lyrically, will be posted in the coming days. Enjoy!