The war of words just keeps escalating. On Saturday, the day Nguoi Viet’s paper came out, Garden Grove School Board member Lan Quoc Nguyen went on radio and called for Vietnamese to vote against Janet Nguyen because she is supposed to be, well, you know, like everyone else, a commie. On Sunday, another red baiting group hit back, calling the first authors traitors.
The piece on Nguoi Viet, printed over a wide two-page spread with huge accompanying photographs, is signed by members the self-styled Coalition Against Resolution 36 (named after a resolution of the Communist Party of Vietnam allegedly seeking the assimilation of Vietnamese abroad), although very few people believe it was actually written by its signers.
The piece purports to reveal a secret meeting between Nguoi Viet current management and Janet Nguyen’s controversial policy adviser Nick Lecong, in which Lecong asked them to reinstate, among others, the Bolsavik. (Again, the Bolsavik repeats that he first heard about this a week ago, and frankly, why does anyone think it’s in the Bolsavik’s best interest to rejoin Nguoi Viet?) It also claims that the protesters against Nguoi Viet are communist, and prints a photo of Janet Nguyen at an altar set up by Ky Ngo. See more of the altar here and here.
The centerpiece of the accusation is Eric Le, president of the Vietnam Business Association, a trade group that promotes doing business in Vietnam. Janet Nguyen is accused of being close to Le.
The same day, Lan Quoc Nguyen (pictured) appeared on Little Saigon Radio, cited the piece extensively, raised questions about Janet Nguyen and asked people to vote for Dina Nguyen. Lan, an active participant in the Viet Weekly protests, avoided blatantly saying that Janet is a communist, but instead said that to vote for Janet is to help the communists. Potato, potahtah.
Ironically, Little Saigon Radio, the most popular Vietnamese radio program in Bolsavikland, was also mentioned in the Nguoi Viet piece, in conjunction with the same Eric Le.
The piece asserts that Le brought a group led by the Consul General of Vietnam Tran Tuan Anh to Little Saigon Radio, and LSR gave them a grand tour of the place. When words leaked out, LSR’s CEO went on the air and claimed that “an acquaintance of LSR” brought the group over for a visit, but he didn’t know who they were until they had left and he looked at the visitors’ business cards.
It was an embarrassing episode that LSR would rather everyone forget, and LSR cannot be happy that the Coalition brought it up again. Which is funny that piece was mentioned on its own air time by Lan Quoc Nguyen.
Not to be outdone, Trong Doan and Ky Ngo went on radio too, and assailed the Coalition. They repeated the old news that one of the signers, when incarcerated in a communist re-education camp, was appointed a trusty by the guards. And then they brought up Lan Quoc Nguyen. Apparently, during a meeting of the Vietnamese American Bar Association, Lan Quoc Nguyen hosted a number of guest attorneys from Vietnam and interpreted for them. In the mind of certain people, trade visitors from Vietnam are all communist and – well you know how it goes. What’s good for the Eric is good for the Lan.
On Sunday, a big group with impeccable right-wing credentials joined the fray to defend Ky Ngo and Trong Doan. The group, the “Force Against Communists and Lackeys,” is the one that was formed here. (In Vietnamese: “Luc luong chong cong san và tay sai“)
The group sent out a one-page letter, attacking the Coalition and accusing the signers of the Nguoi Viet piece of sabotaging the struggle against communism “for the sake of getting votes for Dina Nguyen.”
The “Force” thus became the first group to officially link the Nguoi Viet piece with the Dina Nguyen campaign. Janet’s camp, not missing a beat, emailed the letter to its Vietnamese mailing list.
The letter was signed by a number of people, but the writing is unmistakably that of Nhan Bui, a former member of South Vietnam’s parliament and writer under the pseudonym Vi Anh for Viet Bao daily news, whose office is half a block from Nguoi Viet. Nhan Bui/Vi Anh also writes for SBTN, that satelite TV program partly owned by Phu Do Nguyen, treasurer of the Hoa Van Tran campaign.
Here’s a photo sent around the internet and also posted on protester muoi sau‘s Vietnamese blog here. Nhan Bui/Vi Anh is the man on the right with a camera around his neck. Toward the middle, the man with the earpiece is Long Pham, candidate for OC Board of Education. The man holding the tape recorder is Ky Ngo. And the young man speaking into the tape recorder is Tran Gia Quang Ang (or at least that’s the name he uses online), a very technologically savvy person who regularly webcasts events live on Paltalk.
And the slogan “Vietnam always in my heart” is taken straight from Trong Doan’s quote in the Register here. That’s Doan to the other side of Tran Gia Quang Ang with his hand on his heart.
If you get the feeling that there’s a lot of cross-relationships among all the actors here, you’re right. The tragicomedy that is Bolsavikland has only a dozen or so characters. Less than .05% of the community generates more than 99.95% of the crapola.
But then again the Bolsavik shouldn’t complain. It makes his work easy.