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    Preventing a Nuclear Holocaust on their Homeland

    Watch a video about Cham people's lives in Vietnam produced by the Cham Diaspora Project,
    a U.S.-based student project seeking to preserve Cham cultural and historical experiences.

    In this past summer, we had a chance to spend some time with Thành Nữ Vân-Anh, the founder of Moonlight Humanity, whom CQF featured her story on this site. Vân-Anh, a student at San Jose State University, is passionate about relieving ...
    by Published on 09-11-2012 12:54 PM     Number of Views: 4089 
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    The story of bác Nguyễn Đ́nh Duật

    America is an utopia of engineering. Freeways, bridges and power lines criss-cross the nation like nerves and arteries. No feat of civil engineering is too great if citizens are willing to pay the right price. For many technologically backward country like Vietnam, people had to create a different kind of bridge, the psychological kind, in order to overcome adversities caused by war and conflict.

    In the decades of seventies through the nineties, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese have done this successfully. This is the story of one person - an engineer named Nguyễn Đ́nh Duật.

    Small child, big dreams

    Mr. Duật grew up in an modest family in Phan Thiết, Central Vietnam. This region of South Vietnam was famous for pristine beaches and an easy-going lifestyle. His childhood was filled with good times. Like many young people, he dreamt of becoming a professional such as a doctor or an engineer. The simple agrarian Vietnamese society aspired their youth to be Bác Sĩ, Kỹ Sư (doctors and engineers) - in order to launch it into the modern era with the rest of the world. The young Duat knew he could do it.

    Phan Thiết seascape

    Excelling in school, Mr. Duật gained entrance into the College of Engineering in Phú Thọ Technical Center in Saigon. In 1963, the year president Ngô Đ́nh Diệm ...
    by Published on 07-19-2011 12:39 AM     Number of Views: 13672 
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    The Story of Pouv and Yanthy

    Editor's note: This is the background of the lives of Yanthy and Pouv before they became the heads of Children for Change-Cambodia

    Tang and Yangthy


    In the years following the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, the world met a new horror that had not been seen before, an "auto-genocide" in Cambodia. Genocide was nothing new. In the twentieth century, there were several episodes, such as non-Jews Germans killing Jews and Ottomans killing Armenians. But Cambodians killing Cambodians? This was the first, so the new term "auto-genocide" was coined.

    About two million Khmers (Cambodians) were murdered by their own leaders, the Khmer Rouge (Red communist Khmer). The killing was senseless, but the rationale of the leaders was not so incomprehensible. Around 10th century, the Khmer empire was one of the most sophisticated societies on earth. The Khmer people built massive temple complexes, created intricate irrigation systems that yielded three crops of rice a year and saw one of the highest literacy rates in the world.

    Angkor Wat, the world's largest temple built between 9th and 13th century
    (source: Angkormedia.com)

    In the later centuries, the empire was in decline. Squeezed by the Thais and Vietnamese from both sides, the Khmer lost two thirds of their original territory. The once mighty kingdom then became one of the most undeveloped countries in the world.

    The sharp contrast between past greatness and contemporary weakness brewed a potent mix of immense nationalistic pride and deep inferiority complex. So Pol Pot, ...
    by Published on 06-10-2010 02:07 AM     Number of Views: 3090 
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    The Story Of Lư Phấn (Fawn Lee)

    (photos by Patrick Tehan/Mercury News)

    Fawn Lee (Vienamese name is Phấn Lư), 35, is happily married to Rick Pham and a proud mother of three beautiful children Ethan, 4, Ellen, 3, and Emma 1. When she was at Ethan's age, she came to the U.S. from Vietnam as a refugee along with her parents and 11 siblings. Bright and sunny-natured,
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