Will Nguyen

Will Nguyen

The Tumultuous And Tragic History Of Hoa Hao Buddhism

The Tumultuous And Tragic History Of Hoa Hao Buddhism
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If you ever visit An Giang Province, in the Mekong Delta Vietnam, you might be surprised by how a number of families practice Buddhism there. They follow Buddhism, but they do not pray to statues or depictions, but rather, a wooden board painted crimson, placed squarely in the center of

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Religion
The Coconut Monk’s Adventure Between Religion And Politics

The Coconut Monk’s Adventure Between Religion And Politics
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A mentally ill old man or an anti-war monk?In 1968, the south of Vietnam had just moved past a period of long-running political unrest that had society shaken and stirred. The people were fed up with the promises and realities that the government brought their way. The fears of

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Will Nguyen
Religion
Venerable Thich Quang Do: A Lifetime Of Struggle

Venerable Thich Quang Do: A Lifetime Of Struggle
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This article contains many quotes and literary excerpts from Venerable Thich Quang Do. A number of excerpts may be difficult to comprehend, and the formatting may be different from section to section. We maintain the excerpts in full respect for Venerable Thich Quang Do.

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Will Nguyen
Religion
Who Is Pham Doan Trang?

Who Is Pham Doan Trang?
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“I believe my life is firmly tied to the nation’s.”For at least the past 12 years, Pham Doan Trang has been one of the most prominent names in Vietnamese politics, and her arrest on October 6, 2020, has her staring down 20 years in prison. So, who is

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Will Nguyen
Prisoners of Conscience
Vietnam: Citizens Must Pay Trillions Of Dong For The Party Congress, Regardless Of Party Membership

Vietnam: Citizens Must Pay Trillions Of Dong For The Party Congress, Regardless Of Party Membership
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By the most conservative estimates, the amount of money citizens pay to fund Party congresses at just the local level is enough to keep the Government Inspectorate running for more than 25 years. *** Local party committees throughout the country have begun organizing party congresses to elect “elite” representatives to attend

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Will Nguyen
Politics
Thien An Abbey – 45 Years Under The Government’s Fist

Thien An Abbey – 45 Years Under The Government’s Fist
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“Thien An” means “heavenly peace”, but the Catholic monks here have never lived in peace. In the 45 years since Saigon fell to the Communists in 1975, the monks of Thien An Abbey have only known hard labor and study, and resistance against forces hell-bent on taking their land by

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Will Nguyen
Land Rights
Vietnam: What Does The Government Committee For Religious Affairs Do With More Than 64 Billion Dong Every Year?

Vietnam: What Does The Government Committee For Religious Affairs Do With More Than 64 Billion Dong Every Year?
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This article was first published on 06/21/2020 in Vietnamese by Luat Khoa Magazine with Thái Thanh as the author. The English translation was first published by the US-Vietnam Research Center at the University of Oregon. *** In simplest terms, the Government Committee for Religious Affairs is the “church” of

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Will Nguyen
Religion
Recap: Sentencing in the Dong Tam Trial

Recap: Sentencing in the Dong Tam Trial
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As reported earlier, after four days of a predicted 10-day trial, the Hanoi People’s Tribunal took a recess beginning on the afternoon of September 10 to deliberate. At 3 pm on September 14, 2020, an initial verdict was announced. These are the details of the sentencing and the developments

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Will Nguyen
Land Rights