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Website & blog of Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University

Rod Dreher & J.D. Vance at Pepperdine

By a coincidence of scheduling, Rod Dreher and J.D. Vance gave talks at Pepperdine within four days of each other.  I was able to attend both presentations and took a few notes.

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Rod Dreher on the Benedict Option

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How many Vietnamese Catholic priests are there in the U.S.?

The short answer: There were about 900 Catholic priests of Vietnamese origin in the U.S. by 2012. There are approximately 950 at this time (2017), and probably more.

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Some participants in the fifth of a series called Emmaus, which are national gatherings among Vietnamese American priests. The 2013 gathering was held in Little Saigon, Orange County. ~ pc vietbao.com

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Catholic refugees, the age of priests, and money

“Do anything three times if possible,” goes my motto as a forty-something. Publish three books or articles on different topics but a common theme. Or, dance to three different songs but the same genre from the same period. Or, write three blog posts about the same subject matter in a row. Three books and articles I haven’t achieved.  But I’ve done the dancing bit and now I am doing the third thing.  My last two blog posts are about Vietnamese Catholic refugees in the U.S. during the 1970s and the 1980s, and this post rounds up the miniseries.

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Fr. Trần Văn Khoát and Catholic refugees in Beaumont and Port Arthur

My last post is about Ngô Đình Diệm’s older brother Archbishop Thục, who got mixed up with several reactionary groups during the 1970s and 1980s before reconciling with the Vatican and living out his last year among a religious order of Vietnamese men in Missouri.  Since then, I’ve read some more materials and learned about something I didn’t know before: a group of Catholic refugees led by a traditionalist and anti-Vatican II priest by the name of Trần Văn Khoát.
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The last years of Ngô Đình Thục

The only time that I’ve seen anyone related by blood to Ngô Đình Diệm – Ngo Dinh Diem for readers that are used to the English spelling – occurred exactly thirty-three years ago this month.  The town was Carthage, Missouri, best known as the American headquarters of a large Catholic order of Vietnamese American priests and brothers. The person was Ngô Đình Thục, Diệm’s older brother and the former archbishop of Huế. Along with tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics, I was attending the annual Marian Days weekend with my family and people from southern Minnesota. Unfortunately I don’t remember much about the Archbishop except that he presided over one of the masses with a visiting bishop from Vietnam.

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I know what you watched last summer #2: my dancing portfolio

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During the week in Buenos Aires, we visited a milonga where the locals danced the tango into the night.

I was on campus today for my first meeting of the new school year.  It was the first time back since late May, meaning that yesterday was the unofficial last day of my summer.  Like last summer, I worked at home and it gave me more downtime and a chance to catch up with popular culture.
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Break from blogging

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My pre-tenure review was completed last month, and the ratings from the tenure committee were “very good” on all three categories of teaching, research, and service.  Apparently the highest rating is “outstanding,” which means for my case that there is room for improvement but I am on the right track.  Now comes the hard part: keeping them there for the next two years.  Wish me luck because I’ll need it.

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Parodies of The Brothers Karamazov

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Lịch sử nước Mỹ #10: Tại sao Anh Quốc muốn thuộc địa hóa?

Vào đầu thế kỷ thứ 17, thế lực của Anh Quốc không so sánh bằng đế quốc Tây Ban Nha và Bồ Đào Nha.  Nhất là Tây Ban Nha, được mệnh danh là “Đế Quốc không thấy mặt trời lặn.” Mãi đến thế kỷ 19, mệnh danh này mới chuyển qua đế quốc Anh.

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Đế quốc Tây Ban Nha vào thời hoàng kim nhất, lúc đầu thế kỷ 17.  TBN có thuộc địa ở châu Âu, Nam Mỹ, Bắc Mỹ, châu Phi, và châu Á (Phi Luật Tân bây giờ).  ~ pc blogspot.com

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