In fact, it's not just Vietnamese in Vietnam who celebrate April 30 as Liberation Day. In the U.S., many Vietnamese are quietly commemorating that day, with events by the Committee for the 25th Anniversary of Vietnam Peace in Manhattan, San Francisco, New Haven and Boston.
In the best tradition of alternative radio, Subversity this evening features an interview with Hong Van Huynh, who heads the Vietnam America Friendship Association in California.
Hong, a nationalist from his youth, was the target of protesters last year in Little Saigon, who grabbed a miniature Vietnam flag from his pocket and destroyed it. He'll talk about the Vietnamese in America who joined the anti-war movement before 1975. A student of Vietnamese history, he will talk also about what April 30 means to him.
The show airs today from 5-6 p.m. on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County and is Web-cast at kuci.org/listen.html. To chat with the guest, please call (949) 824-5824 during the show.
For more information on Hong and his analysis of the origins of the ubiquitous flag of the southern regime, see my "Scars and Stripes: What's behind those yellow flags in Little Saigon," OC Weekly, March 5-March 11, 1999, p. 12 (http://www.ocweekly.com/ink/archives/99/26news1-tsang.shtml).
Last week's show on the Ho Chi Minh art show in Oakland is now available on the Web in RealAudio format. Go to the Subversity RealAudio site and click on latest show: RealAudio Archive.
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