If things seem a little quiet around here, it’s because everything’s overshadowed by the gathering of Vietnamese-Americans in Houston to protest the visit to the U.S. by a real card-carrying communist — Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
A former communist security officer, Nguyen Tan Dung is making his third visit to the U.S. since becoming the head of the government. Previously, he had come to the U.S. as a Vice-Premier. (It’s during one of those visits that he had met with Nguoi Viet’s late publisher Yen Do and photos from one such meeting is now basis for Ky Ngo et al.’s claim that Nguoi Viet has always been communist. Click here.)
Anyway, so Dung went to Houston to inaugurate a second Consulate General of Vietnam. An official presence of the representatives of the communist government in the heart of the third-largest Vietnamese enclave obviously was not appreciated by the community of refugees who had risked life and limb fleeing communism. A large throng gathered to protest in the “Hong Kong” shopping mall — a large Vietnamese shopping center on Houston’s Bellaire Avenue. (Click here for photos and a brief report, in Vietnamese, of the protest. Photos in this entry are from that site, which belongs to a pro-democracy Vietnamese political party based in the U.S.) The protest number is estimated to range from 500 (by the Houston Chronicle here) to “thousands” (by the above web site).
The highest ranking Vietnamese-American elected official, Texas State Representative Hubert Vo (pictured at left in photo left; click to enlarge) joined the protesters and cheered them on.
Not to be outdone, the “other” highest ranking Vietnamese-American elected official Van Tran sent his PR man Hung Phuong Nguyen (pictured at right in photo right – the same one who had accused the OC GOP of racism in Dina Nguyen’s defeat, here) to present the protesters with California Assembly certificates.
It appears that the rest of the Trannies, as well as others who had been so eager to protest a singer’s red belt buckle, a dead musician, a news magazine, and other make-believe communists, were conspicuously absent in this protest against a real one.