Le Ly Hayslip on Van Tran and on her Humanitarian Work in Vietnam

Irvine -- This past week's electoral success by a Vietnamese American dark horse (in the Orange County Supervisor's race) has been attributed to the political machinery of conservative State Assemblyman Van Tran, whose efforts brought out the vote in Little Saigon to enable fellow conservative Republican Trung Nguyen to win by just 7 votes over his nearest Republican challenger, fellow Vietnamese American Republican Janet Nguyen, and over all the other candidates.

On Monday's Subversity show airing February 12, 2007 from 9-10 am on KUCI, 88.9 fm in Orange County, California (and webcast simultaneously via kuci.org), we air an encore presentation of our 2005 interview with author Le Ly Hayslip, whose biographies were made into Oliver Stone's 1993 film Heaven and Earth.

A progressive long active in humanitarian work in Vietnam, Hayslip is one Vietnamese American whom Van Tran has not helped; Van Tran opposed Hayslip from receiving an award in the state legislature for her humanitarian work. Ultimately the award was not given to her. For anti-communist Van Tran, he would not have wanted to be embarrassed again, for the legislature had earlier recognized the mayor of Ho Chi Minh City, a sister city to San Francisco, during a courtesy visit to Sacramento.

Hear Hayslip talk about Van Tran in the interview, where she addresses her humanitarian work in Vietnam.

On Van Tran and Hayslip, see: Joe Deegan, "Old Wounds," San Diego Reader, 25 August 2005 (www.sdreader.com/php/cityshow.php?id=C082505C).


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