Archive for February, 2012

The President Listens

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , , , on February 24, 2012 by Ian Pham

Great news, people!  As of this moment, the human rights petition established by Truc Ho has achieved more than 70,000 signatures!  Furthermore, the success of the petition has captured the attention of a very important individual.  Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America, has answered the calls of the people.  According to SBTN, President Obama is very interested in the petition, and even more interested in the music of Viet Khang.

In the coming weeks, March 5, 2012, Mr. Truc Ho will be meeting President Obama in Washington to discuss the circumstances of Viet Khang, as well as the broader human rights situation in Vietnam.  It is also the wishes of President Obama to listen to Viet Khang’s songs, “Viet Nam Toi Dau (Where’s My Vietnam)?” and “Anh La Ai (Who Are You)?”.  The President wants to understand the words of Viet Khang, to see how the musician has been captivating so many people across the world.

This is a result of Mr. Truc’s hard work and dedication, as he has been advertising and campaigning endlessly on behalf of the imprisoned musician.  At this point in time, the We, the People petition has gained over 70,000 signatures, shattering the minimum threshold of 25,000 signatures.  This is a major accomplishment, but one would be wrong to assume that it is enough.

We may have surpassed the threshold of 25,000, but this is only the beginning, as there is still much work to do.  According to Truc Ho, and it should be obvious to all of us, the power of a petition lies in its signatures.  If we achieve 25,000, which we did, the president will be answering the calls of 25,000 people.  However, if we achieve 100,000 signatures, the president would be responding to 100,000 people! Now imagine 250,000 people, how powerful our voice would be then?

As citizens of democracy, we have the power to make our voices heard by our leaders.  The fact that President Obama, the most powerful man in the world, has taken the time to look over this petition, clearly demonstrates how important our voice is to him.  As autonomous individuals, we don’t all have money and we don’t all have corporate muscle.  What we do have however, all of us, is the vote.  If you think that your voice does not matter to the government, please think again.  You all have the power to make a change, and many of you have already done so much.  Thank you, now let’s keep going!

Help Spread the Word, Sign the Petition!

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , on February 9, 2012 by Ian Pham

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a petition out there right now, urging the White House to press Vietnam harder on human rights.  This is a direct response to the “Free Viet Khang” movement, aiming to spread awareness of how brutal and corrupted the Communist regime in Vietnam is.  If you support the human rights movement, and would like to contribute to the cause, please sign this petition.

All you have to do is click on the link below and follow a few simple steps.  I assure you, this will only take you three minutes, if that.  The petition needs 25,000 signatures by March 8, 2012, for the White House to seriously consider it.  At this point in time, the petition is making great progress, but you too can help by donating a few minutes of your time. Support the basic freedoms, support human rights!

To sign the petition, click here!

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/stop-expanding-trade-vietnam-expense-human-rights/53PQRDZH

In Honor of Viet Khang

Posted in Democracy Activists, IV. Columns, Music, Politics, Society, Videos with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Ian Pham

Viet Khang’s music is so powerful and moving that it would be a crime (no pun intended) not to share it with all of you.  It is unfortunate that not all of us can understand his music, as Viet Khang’s songs are performed in Vietnamese.  Do not fret however, for Vietnamese American music producer Truc Ho feels your pain, and was gracious enough to alleviate this language barrier with English subtitles for his version of “Who Are You?”.

Truc Ho did a good job on this interpretation of Viet Khang’s song, assembling a group of musicians under his label to help him sing.  Performing with Truc Ho is Dan Nguyen, Mai Thanh Son, Quoc Khanh, and Doan Phi.  The artists performed the song passionately, enough to bring justice to Viet Khang’s music.  Plus, it comes with English subtitles!  So even if you are not a fluent speaker of Vietnamese, you too can understand the powerful message Viet Khang is aiming to deliver.

The video briefly features a speech given by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  Ms. Sanchez has done much to help represent the Vietnamese community in the state of California, and continues to do so today.  Frequently, the Congresswoman has pushed the U.S. government to take a tougher stance on the human rights situation in Vietnam, proving herself to be a valuable ally to the Vietnamese community overseas.

I’ve said this before and will continue to say it.  Viet Khang is a talented and courageous man.  Because of him, not only are the Vietnamese abroad learning about the Communists, but the people within are becoming aware of their crimes as well.  He knew that performing his music would get him arrested, but he went through with it nonetheless.  As a leader, and as a patriot, Viet Khang is not afraid to die.  He has showed us that he is willing to sacrifice himself for the country, something that the entire Communist Party does not have the guts to do.

Viet Khang has more courage in his voice than all 3,000,000 members of the Vietnamese Communist Party combined.  For this remarkable reason, I continue to castigate the Communist Party, and commend the courage and honor of Viet Khang, the great singing patriot of Vietnam.  Like the heroes before him, Viet Khang has demonstrated what one courageous act can do for humanity.  Now think, what would happen if every single citizen came together, as one unitary force, to liberate Vietnam from the grips of these sordid criminals who call themselves the Communist Party.  If one man was able to drive the entire system insane, imagine what we could do together.  The possibilities are boundless, let’s stand together.

A Song by Viet Khang – Anh La Ai (Who Are You)?

Posted in Democracy Activists, Music, Politics, Society, Videos with tags , , , , on February 1, 2012 by Ian Pham

This is the second song composed by Viet Khang, titled “Anh La Ai?” or “Who Are You?”.  The core issues tackled in this song involves the unjust repression of the people by the Communist police and, once again, the humiliating submission by the Vietnamese government to the Chinese.  As the title suggests, the question that Viet Khang is asking to the police is basically “who are you?” or more specifically, “who do you think you are?”.

The Vietnamese Communists have long been criticized for their suppression of the Vietnamese people for protesting against China.  Viet Khang also addresses this issue in his song, asking the Communists how they are able to condemn the patriotism of their own people.  In raising these issues, Viet Khang is courageously putting the Communist Party to shame and showing them how pathetic they really are.

I’ve shared the original version of the song, sang by Viet Khang.  It includes Vietnamese lyrics for my Vietnamese speakers who want to learn the song as well.  To all of my English and non-Vietnamese speakers, I have not forgotten about you!  There is another version of “Anh La Ai?”, sang by Vietnamese American musicians.  Though the video is still in Vietnamese, there are English subtitles, so that you too can know what Viet Khang wants to say.

I will share the English subtitled version of “Anh La Ai?” next time, which I promise you, will be very soon.  For now, please get acquainted with the Vietnamese version of “Who Are You?”, the second musical achievement of Viet Khang.  At this point in time, Viet Khang is still in jail, and the Communist Party is still losing their minds from the impact that his music has made.  We will continue to support Viet Khang, making sure that every Vietnamese around the world hears his music.