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website & blog of Tuan Hoang, Pepperdine University

Ngô Đình Thục: anticommunist and ambitious builder

Thuc funeral of niece
Paris, April 1967: Archbishop Thục officiating the funeral of his niece Ngô Đình Lệ Thủy, who was killed during an auto accident. On the right are Madame Nhu and her son. ~ pc manhhai on flick

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Why aren’t there many Korean American Catholic priests?

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May 2018: Members of the St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church in the Twin Cities at their last mass in this building before moving to another location, where they share the campus with another parish. ~ pc The Catholic Spirit

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Sister Lê Thị Lý, Catholic refugees in Seattle, and refugee ads

A few days ago, I saw two or three friends from Seattle years posted on Facebook a tribute on Raymond Hunthausen, former archbishop of Seattle, on his death at 96 years old. (The writer is Fr. Michael Ryan, rector of the Cathedral parish and one of the spiritual chaplains of the L’Arche community that I belonged.) By a coincidence, the next morning  I came across two items while looking at some old issues of a magazine by Vietnamese Catholic refugees, and one of them shows a photo of the late archbishop presiding over a mass among Vietnamese refugees in 1978.

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Food, cooking, and gardening among Vietnamese refugees in the 1970s

Refugee kitchen worker at Fort Chaffee in 1975 ~ pc Southeast Asia Archive, UC Irvine

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Berkeley liberal in conservative Louisiana: Arlie Russell Hochschild’s Strangers in Their Own Land

It’s been a rough week in the news, headlined by the ongoing Gaza Strip protests and the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Yesterday saw the mass shooting at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area.  Then last night I read about the closure of another small liberal arts college, this one in Oregon.  It was therefore a relief, even a kind of solace, to have finished reading the very beautiful study about conservatives in Louisiana by the sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild.

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Our Lady of Lavang chapel at the BNSIC

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My students on Langdon Gilkey’s Shantung Compound

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This student counts Gilkey’s book among her handful of favorites in the Great Books sequence. ~ pc Cate Chapman

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Vietnamese Catholicism & the global turn

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1963: A procession of Hùng Tâm Dũng Chí (Valiant Hearts, Valiant Souls) in Danang, a stronghold of the movement in South Vietnam. ~ pc cuuhuynhtruonghungtamdungchi.blogspot.com

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Bài ca dành cho những xác người: Song for the human corpses

This week marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Tet Offensive. The event has generated perhaps more publications in the English language – government reports, media accounts, academic studies, amateur histories, memoirs, etc. – than any other from the Vietnam War. A sucker for anniversaries of publications and releases of films and music, I wish to commemorate it by inviting non-Vietnamese to listen to a very well-known song among Vietnamese.

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