Published under the “miscellaneous” section of its web site is a letter from Ly Tong (pictured), a daredevil anti-communist considered by many a hero (read more here and here, for example). In the letter, Ly Tong said something like this (paraphrased)
I was hanging around Evergreen College in San Jose, reviewing my Ph.D. dissertation before making more copies. Then two students who apparently knew of me came up. We talked and they asked to see the dissertation. I handed it to them and also gave them copies of newspapers about me. (How convenient!) Then I left, but when I reached the parking lot I realized that I forgot to take back the dissertation. I ran back but the two students had left. It is my only copy and I had intended to use it to get my Ph.D. at San Jose University. It is 240 pages long and entitled “A Stimulus Theory of Revolution.” Please, if you read this, return my dissertation to ….
Read a screen cap of the posting here.
Now, of course, there’s no such thing as “San Jose University.” The closest sounding name is San Jose State University.
So, anyway, we scroll down to the bottom of the Vietnamdaily.com web page, and we see a posting by a reader calling himself anhnamdakto (screen cap here) who says:
According to the web site of San Jose State University, it doesn’t award the Ph.D. The highest degree awarded by SJSU is the Master’s degree.
And sure enough, at the site pointed to by the reader, here, San Jose State does not award the Ph.D.
BTW, this is not the first time Ly Tong makes claims about his academics. Previously, he’s been saying that he finished all course work requirements for a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans where he lived when first arriving in the U.s. The major has been changing, sometimes it’s poli sci, some times it’s environment science, sometimes it’s something else. For example, read here (fourth paragraph) where an identically named dissertation is mentioned. Or read here, an article written by Ly Tong’s brother, where he mentioned something about Ly Tong’s theory on the origin of war.