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The next John Quincy Adams

Thanks to a coincidence of spring break and Super Tuesday, I read more election news and analysis this week than any week in my life.  Apolitical in most ways, I think that we are living in interesting times for only the third time in the last three decades.   There was Tiananmen Square in the summer of 1989 and September 11 twelve years later.  Now, this wild and bewildering campaign season. “What is going on, America?” asked my former dissertation advisor at the end of his Christmas letter.  And it was only early January when he wrote it.


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Initial thoughts on “Terror in Little Saigon”

Grading and other obligations kept me from watching this documentary when it was first shown on PBS last week.  But I read the written narrative on the ProPublica website (which isn’t a transcript of the documentary but shares the same materials), and finally watched the documentary online last night.  Here are some thoughts after watching it.

Nancy Duong (left) is sister of one of the murdered journalist (right) ~ Photo courtesy of ProPublica
  • INTENTION. No matter how one reacts to the content, I think that the producers and correspondent/narrator deserve praise for seeking to reopen these cold cases in the hope of bringing the murderers to justice. The scene with a son of Nguyễn Đạm Phong, shown shortly after the opening credits, is enough of a reminder that the pursuit of justice for the deceased journalists and writers is worthy and worthwhile. In particular, A. C. Thompson, the correspondent and narrator, should be appreciated for his doggedness in finding answers, including travels across the U.S. and to Thailand.


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