Archive for Propaganda

Fake Elections, Communist Style

Posted in Politics, Society with tags , , , on May 28, 2011 by Ian Pham

Who wants to hear something funny?  The Communist Party of Vietnam is holding a ‘democratic’ election this week, letting the people cast their votes on potential candidates capable of running for office.  However, there are some catches: the candidates are chosen by the Communist Party, they represent no one else but the Communist Party, and all issues and agendas must resonate with the VCP.  Multiparty elections remain strictly prohibited and the mere mention of such an idea can still get a person thrown in jail for long periods of time.

Why are they doing this exactly?  Nowadays, the Vietnamese Communists like to talk about ‘openness’ and ‘transparency.’ simulating democracy to appear more humane and fair before the eyes of potential investors.  Some may argue that what they’re doing is somewhat democratic, that the country is slowly changing itself into a real democracy.  Idealistic, but unrealistic.  There is nothing democratic about this election, not even the candidates.

All of the people running for Vietnam’s National Assembly are specifically chosen by the Fatherland Front, a powerful organization within the Communist Party.  The candidates’ platforms and stances on social issues are all chosen by the Party, which means that genuinely hot-button issues such as economic inflation, government corruption, and relations with China are banned from discussion.  Simply speaking, those running in the election don’t really speak for themselves.  Either they are catering to the Party, or are outright puppets in this fictional display, shamelessly branded as a ‘democratic election.’

It is disappointing, but this election, and I use this term loosely, is just a show for the people of Vietnam who are still kept in the dark.  There are a few in Vietnam who know the true meaning of democracy.  Sadly, these knowledgable ones are unable to bring it their visions, due to the brutality of the Communist system.  Even those that become members of this National Assembly will still be subordinate to the Politburo, the supreme ruling circle of the VCP.  There will still be no checks and balances, and no change will truly come.  Therefore, the type of democracy these dictators claim to practice is just a sham, another trick that a Communist is trying to pass off as something substantial.

Pictures: “Towards prosperity, a strong nation, fairness, democracy, and civilization!”; VCP General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong drops a ballot into the ballot box.  Why the number one leader in the country is casting a vote for his subordinates is beyond this blogger’s understanding.

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A New Novel Aims to Rewrite History

Posted in Books, I. News, II. History, IV. Columns with tags , , on March 21, 2011 by Ian Pham

Here’s the latest case of historical desecration by the Vietnamese Communists with advice from foreigners.  A new historical novel, supposedly based on the lives of Le Loi and Nguyen Trai, was recently published in Vietnam.  The book aims to chronicle the events transpiring between the heroic duo as they take on the Ming invaders in the 15th century.  Unfortunately, the accuracy of the novel’s events are somewhat questionable.  Actually, it’s complete garbage, just to let you know.

The author of this novel, Nguyen Quang Than, completely disrespects the characters of Le Loi and Nguyen Trai, characterizing them as bandits, thugs, and gangsters.  At the same time, he portrays the Ming army as heroic individuals, coming into the country to help and care for the Vietnamese people.  The invaders are shown to be virtuous, honourable, civilized, and caring.  So according to this “author,” Le Loi and Nguyen Trai are the villains, while the Ming invaders are the heroes.

Signs of outrage have been visible within the Vietnamese literary community.  Many writers and bloggers in Vietnam have criticized the author of this book, making their opinions known.  What’s the Vietnamese government response to all this?  Unsurprisingly, they’ve decided to go against the writers in Vietnam in defence of the author of the book.  They’ve issued a warning, threatening to punish anyone who further criticizes the author Nguyen Quang Than and the Vietnamese government.

Why would they do this?  Why would any government ever allow anyone to damage the sacred historical protectors of their country?  Let us recall a similar incident, only several months ago, recall the movie Ly Cong Uan: the Road to Thang Long Citadel. The Chinese government tried to distort the history of Emperor Ly Thai To, making him look like a Chinese man, an act permitted by the Vietnamese Communist Party, remember that?  It’s happening again, and guess what, they’re letting it happen again.

Judging by the evidence, one can argue that the Chinese Communist Party has something to do with the creation of this book.  Who else would come up with the idea of destroying the memory of two of Vietnam’s proudest figures?  The story of Ly Cong Uan was indisputably the plan of the CCP, and it is a fair bet they are involved with this as well.  It’s not hard to find traitors in the Vietnamese Communist system, almost everyone at the height of the Politburo is a corrupted sell-out anyway.

It is easy for the Chinese government to infiltrate the Vietnamese Party, all they have to do is show the money.  The CCP has succeeded in finding traitors despicable enough to desecrate the memory of their own ancestors, and they are exploiting these mutinous dogs to the fullest extent.  Vietnam’s Communist government is full of cowards, traitors, and slaves, that is why they need to be punished by the true people of Vietnam.  The title of the novel is Hoi The (The Gathering of Oaths).  If you have the time, look it up.

Trailer for “Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citadel”

Posted in Film, Politics, Videos with tags , on October 20, 2010 by Ian Pham

Here is the trailer for the upcoming motion picture Lý Công Uẩn: Đường tới thành Thăng Long (Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citdel).  Notice the absence of anything even remotely Vietnamese in this movie, except for maybe the language.  The clothing is Chinese, the architecture is Chinese, and almost everything else is Chinese.  If you have ever seen a Chinese historical drama, you would know exactly what I mean.

I am not criticizing the quality of the movie, because this is obviously a big budget production.  It looks like both Hanoi and Beijing, mostly Beijing, are sinking enormous effort into this movie ($100 billion Vietnamese).  They can’t expect to brainwash the population with cheap production values, can they?

Here is the trailer for Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thăng Long Citadel.  It is in Vietnamese, so don’t worry if you don’t understand.

Enjoy!

Chinese Directors for a Vietnamese Movie

Posted in Film, Politics with tags , on October 18, 2010 by Ian Pham

Currently in development is a motion picture/television series based on the life of Lý Công Uẩn (aka Lý Thái Tổ), the first emperor of Vietnam’s Lý Dynasty.  The title of the film is Lý Công Uẩn: Đường tới thành Thăng Long (Lý Công Uẩn: The Road to Thang Long Citadel).  The producers of the movie will be the Communists in Vietnam, but for some odd, disturbing reason, the directors of the movie will be from China.  Somehow, the artistic content of the film will be entirely controlled by the Chinese Communists and not the people of Vietnam.

According to Taipei Times and Daily Vietnam News, Emperor Lý Thái Tổ will be dawning Chinese garments, reigning in a Chinese style palace, and surrounded by Chinese officials.  The film will also be shot in Zhejiang Province, China, employing numerous Chinese actors and extras.  It’s not hard to tell what is happening here, the Chinese are trying to make Lý Thái Tổ look like a Chinese person.  Not only that, but they are also trying to repaint the appearance of Vietnam, changing every aspect of the country into resembling a Chinese entity.  The Beijing government has taken full artistic control of this movie, planning to distort the history and mislead the less-informed into believing that our forefathers were descendants of the Chinese.

What I find really troubling is how the government in Hanoi is allowing this to happen.  Don’t they understand what the Chinese Communists are doing to the history of our nation?  Lý Công Uẩn is one of the most important figures in Vietnamese history, founding the Lý Dynasty, establishing the city of Thăng Long (medieval Hanoi), and leading the country into an era of great prosperity.  China is re-writing the history of our nation and desecrating the integrity of one of our proudest historical figures.  If you have been paying attention to the points I’ve been making throughout, you will know that such blatant fabrications on the Chinese end is nothing new.  This is historical distortion at its worst.  Hopefully someone smartens up and brings an end to this problem.  If not, the people of Vietnam will make it right.

Initiative 36: The Communist Party’s New Scheme

Posted in IV. Columns, Politics with tags , , , , on August 12, 2010 by Ian Pham

The Vietnamese Communist Party has devised a new plan in an attempt to win over the Vietnamese oversees.  This plan is called the ‘Initiative 36’ and is targeted at all Vietnamese people who live in countries outside of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  Basically, the Communist Party is trying to convince the Vietnamese people oversees to defect to their side and support their regime by any means necessary.  One of the ways they are trying to accomplish this is by using their musicians to propagandize and win over the more impressionable Vietnamese people from the outside.

It was for this reason that freedom fighter and democracy activist, Ly Tong, pepper sprayed Communist singer, Dam Vinh Hung during a musical performance in Santa Clara.  Dam Vinh Hung is a Vietnamese singer, as well as a member of the Communist Party, who plays a hand in the marketing of Initiative 36.  The Communist Party is sending their artists abroad in an effort to generate support from the audiences more susceptible to their deceptions.  This initiative is dangerous because of its potential to actually trick the impressionable into supporting the Communist Party, helping the Party hide their crimes from the world.  This is a public service announcement.  Communists are the masters of lies and the experts of propaganda.  Beware.