The Bolsavik once noted here how mysterious Trong Doan the protestor is. He has a story that he tells about his past, but none of it could be verified or corroborated. Just as communist Vietnam’s President came to Orange County, Doan oh-so-conveniently appeared on the scene out of nowhere and catapulted himself in the inner circle of the top right-wingers.
Well, Doan is still as mysterious as ever, but now he’s also just plain weird.
The Bolsavik has been told about it before – that Doan would show up at some community event, and if the event doesn’t involve protesting, he’d wait for the Q&A session, come up to the microphone, say something totally strange, totally bizarre, and then leave.
That’s what the Bolsavik has been told, but didn’t witness it until last Saturday.
So the scene is the Bowers Museum, and the Vietnamese Strategic Venture Network was having a film event.
The VSVN is an association of entrepreneurs and business people, and they had put together a panel of filmmakers to discuss the business of making movies.
Apparently, VSVN does things like this all the time, looking into new areas of investment and such.
(BTW, in the photo above, that’s Cung Le the MMA champion standing there with the mike; that’s also his picture in the poster to the right.)
So they had their event and Trong Doan got in by using his credentials as a reporter for Viet Weekly.
When the time came for Q&A, sure enough Doan went up and said two strange things.
First, he complained that he, as a member of the press, was not “invited” (his word) to the event.
And then, seeing actress Kieu Chinh (Joy Luck Club, Journey from the Fall) on the panel, Doan tossed an insult at her. He said, “Why’s Kieu Chinh in every Vietnamese film? Don’t we have any other talent? Why Kieu Chinh all the time?”
And then he left.
As the Bolsavik said – this Trong Doan character sure is weird.