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Follow ‘Freedom For Vietnam’ on Instagram

Posted in Announcements, Art with tags , , , , , , , on January 5, 2017 by Ian Pham

ffvn-instagramImage by: Ian Pham / Freedom For Vietnam

Good news! As readers of Freedom For Vietnam, you can now follow this blog on Instagram.

The Freedom For Vietnam Instagram account was put into Beta testing a little earlier than last year (if by Beta testing, one means creating an account, not telling anyone about it, and then forgetting that it exists for the next 12 months), and is now ready to be officially unveiled to the public.

On top of providing you top quality content via this blog, Freedom For Vietnam will now be able to stay in touch with its readers through the magic of sharing pictures and emojis and stuff. Not only can you communicate with me by commenting on this blog like always, you can now also communicate with me through the Instagram photos’ comments section, try to slide into my DMs, and then have me not reply to your messages. It’ll be a grand old time!

Jokes aside, I am very excited to implement this new Instagram feature. I have some plans in store for you all, in terms of original social media content, which I will gradually unveil as they become ready. Moreover, I will be sharing existing quality content both from around the web and elsewhere, thus creating an amalgamation of personal and outside works, all as a means to exemplify the beauty and sophistication of Vietnamese history and culture. Hopefully, you will find the material enjoyable, educational, and inspirational.

If you have not seen the account yet, here is a rundown of what you’ve missed so far:

 

This beautiful and iconic photo was taken by Benjamin Vu on April 30, 2010 at Westminster, California, USA. Known among Vietnamese communities overseas as "Black April," April 30 is a day of commemoration for the fall of the nation of South Vietnam to the Communist North. Every year, on the 30th of April, Vietnamese communities across the free world gather to remember the former Republic of Vietnam, the brave soldiers who gave their lives in defense of the nation and its ideals of freedom and democracy, and the refugees who fled South Vietnam in the wake of the communist takeover and thereafter, in search of a better life. The year 2010 marks the 35th anniversary of Black April and the fall of Saigon. According to the photographer, the woman in the photo was in attendance at the memorial event in California, and was standing next to this Heritage and Freedom flag for a very long time. #Freedom #Memorial #SouthVietnam #Woman #Flag #Beauty #Photography #BlackApril #NoFilter (Via https://flic.kr/p/7XBtuA)

A post shared by Freedom For Vietnam (@freedomforvietnam) on

 

 

 

This is just the start.

Furthermore, just in case you are one of the people who stumbled upon this account within the past year, and had questions about its authenticity, your fears can now be alleviated. This account is legitimate, it is real, and is the official Instagram account of this here Freedom For Vietnam blog.

So, if you have a minute, pay a quick visit to the freedomforvietnam Instagram page above, give it a follow, like some pictures, make some comments, and tell your friends, families, and acquaintances. The more word gets out and the more followers this account receives, the farther our message of freedom will reach. We have an opportunity, not only to connect with the many vast Vietnamese communities all over the world, including within Vietnam, but also to reach everyone else at large, in all communities across the world.

I look forward to continuing to write for you all on here, and am now excited to provide you with awesome content in other social media outlets as well. Thank you so much for your continued support, words cannot describe the gratitude I have for all of you readers. Thank you!

Happy 2017, everyone. See you on Instagram.  🙂 ❤ 😀

Announcement: Blog Maintenance

Posted in Announcements with tags , on September 6, 2015 by Ian Pham

Over the next 48 hours, I will be making some adjustments to this blog. They’ll be small changes, nothing too drastic. I’ll be reorganizing some things here and there, adding some stuff, and removing some others. Overall, though, it’ll still be very much what you’re all accustomed to.

This is just to inform everybody, so that if some things on this site do not seem quite right over the next 48 hours, it’s because some blog maintenance is currently in progress.

Have a nice day, everyone. I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend!

– Ian

**** Update!

The maintenance is complete and has been so since Tuesday morning of this past week. Hope you all enjoy the subtle changes!

– Ian 🙂

(September 12, 2015)

40 Years After the Battle of Hoang Sa: The Significance of the Sacrifice (AWAITING CORRECTION!)

Posted in Announcements with tags , on January 19, 2014 by Ian Pham

Oops! It seems that a major error has been made in this article and requires some key revisions.

Subscribers to the blog, I advise you to delete the email version of this article, as a newly revised copy will be sent to you within the next day. If you decide to keep it saved, please disregard the information provided, as it may be misleading.

My apologies, dear readers. A revised version of this same article will be released within 24 hours.

Sorry for any inconvenience. I take full responsibility for the mix-up.

– Ian 😦

**** UPDATE!

I’ve decided to scrap the entire old article and write another memorial for the Battle of Hoang Sa. It will be broken up into several parts (either 2 or 3), and will take place over the week. Part 1 is almost complete and ready for publication.

(January 19, 2014, late night)

**** UPDATE!!

The first commemorative article is now available!

(January 20, 2014, early morning)

**** UPDATE!!!

Hey all,

The memorial will in fact be broken into two parts. The second article will be up in a day or two, maybe less!

(January 26, 2014, late night)

**** UPDATE!!!!

Well, everybody,

The second half of our commemoration has finally been posted. Sorry for the lateness, I do what I can in terms of time. It’s still Thursday where I am, so technically… Ah, forget about it.

Enjoy the post everyone, and Chúc Mừng Năm Mới (Happy New Year) to you all!

– Ian 😀

(January 30, 2014, late night)

New Posts Coming, Promise

Posted in Announcements with tags , on November 16, 2010 by Ian Pham

Dear readers,

I am a little busy right now and am struggling to find some adequate blogging time.  In order to create a meaningful and informative post, one needs time, something that is really scarce at the moment.  I could simply throw on some random thoughts that may or may not find very helpful to you, but to me that is not enough.

This is why I am letting you know what the situation is, promising you that I will come out with the new post as soon as I can.  It shouldn’t be more than a few days, I just don’t want you coming back all the time, just to see the same thing.  You deserve better.  Thanks for continuing to visit everyone, your loyalty is deeply appreciated.

– Ian Pham