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This is the news story this girl is referring to: Vietnamese Nail salon’s racist Twitter tirade offends customers
Sharing this as an FYI to my Black followers on what the Vietnamese phrase “mi deng” means.
yoooooo missouri city, texas is like mad close to my home so yeah fuck evyerhing
Anti-black racism is pervasive as fuck in american vietnamese communities and back home in vietnam. This is coming from my own experiences within my homes, communities, and schools.
We have derogatory language for many other races. White ppl, latin@s, etc. But often, only those perceived as black or latin@ will be spoken of negatively.
Vietnamese children are taught to fear other poc. If a child is behaving badly in public and a poc is nearby we’d tell them that the “mi deng” will get them. As a child, I remember having to lie about a friend’s race if I wanted to go to their house. My Latin@ (I lived and continue to live in a large spanish speaking community) friends would become white or vietnamese girls.
The older generation carried much of their racism to america when they immigrated because of the war. In vietnam there are stereotypical blackface comedy skits that are still happening. And the younger generation of vietnamese americans absorbed this and the added systemic racism still evident in american culture. I continue to hear young vietnamese americans using racist coded language when they don’t want another poc to realize they’re speaking of them.
I’m writing all this to other fellow viets. If you see or hear your viet family members or friends saying or doing racist things call them out on it. Tell them that whatever they did or said was racist. My mother did not understand the harm she was doing until I explained it to her. This is a cultural and linguistic barrier that we need to overcome to ensure newer generations of viets don’t absorb that kind of racist bullshit.
Our visual artist tonight is Chau Thuy. You can check out more of his work on www.chauthuy.com
(HC) Dù bạn chấp nhận hay không thì cộng đồng ấy vẫn mặc nhiên tồn tại cùng với tình yêu của họ như một chân lý, không thể khác. Và một khi bạn kỳ thị sự khác biệt so với bản thân mình thì tự thân bạn đã hèn kém hơn họ rồi. Phải vậy không?
wow! @.@ sau một đêm làm phát >5000 notes, 10 new followers ;))
“Having a Gay in the Family” - Interview with my family at the dinner table in the “LOVE” issue of Vietnam’s version of Maxim Magazine.
ugh there’s barely any that i know of sorry. I track the tags viet, vietnam, and vietnamese. Rarely tho, do you ever get posts celebrating vietnam or viet culture. Just viets postin pics or posts about the war.
Some general southeast asia/asian american blogs/sites:
NTK:Võ Việt Chung
Model:Trương Tri Trúc Diễm
Designer & Stylist: Võ Việt Chung
Photographer: Vic Nguyễn
Make up: Đạt Lê (Ghy)
Model: Tuyết Lan
This is for my Vietnamese brothers and sisters.
If you’re in Southern California, and you or someone you know is interested in becoming naturalized, but need some help through the process, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center is providing a free citizenship workshop for the Vietnamese community.
It’s happening Saturday, September 29, 9:00am to 3:00pm at the Lambert Park Auditorium in El Monte.
The BBC has found disturbing evidence of Vietnamese textile workers being kept in slave-like conditions at a Vietnamese-run factory in Russia.
Staff at Vinastar, a medium-sized business in the village of Savino south-east of Moscow, said they were being forced to work up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week.
They said they were poorly fed, beaten up regularly and forbidden to leave the factory premises.
“I have been working here for 18 months,” said one of the factory workers, Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen.
“I’m barely paid enough to afford two meals a day - a bowl of rice and some bread. We are often beaten up. Not so long ago, 20 people were beaten up.”
By the time the BBC visited the factory last week, production had stopped but factory workers told us security guards were not allowing them to leave.
We found 75 people sharing four small rooms, two of which did not even have windows.
None of the rooms had electricity. Workers told us wall sockets had been removed to prevent them charging up a mobile phone.
Vietnamese migrants showed us red rashes on their bodies - caused, they said, by the fact that they had been unable to take a shower for at least two months. They also told us they were not allowed to use more than five litres of water per 25 people per week for brushing their teeth and for personal hygiene.
“I came here because I was promised good money,” one worker, Duong Thi Thu Lam, complained. “Instead, I was locked up. We were not allowed outside.”
“In the summer, sometimes they let us walk around in the backyard so that we could hang up our clothes to dry. But in winter, we had to stay indoors all day.”
Lured by promises
Workers came to this factory from all over Vietnam, lured by promises of high salaries and guaranteed employment. Some paid Vietnamese intermediaries up to $2,000 (£1,300; 1,600 euros) in order to get the job.
Most were unable to raise this amount of money. They were then offered a chance to borrow the funds directly from factory owners.
Both men and women worked at the factory
But when the migrants arrived in Russia, they were told their salary would be, on average, about $220 per month.
Even this was never paid in full: more than half of the money was withheld by managers as payment for food and accommodation. This made repaying the debt almost impossible.
Less experienced workers were only paid about $100 per month. This meant that the longer they remained employed by the factory, the more debt they accumulated.
Earlier this year, workers went on strike. Factory owners invited diplomats from the Vietnamese embassy to talk to staff but embassy officials simply reminded workers that they had signed a legally-binding contract and had to abide by its terms and conditions.
Factory managers were clearly pleased with what the embassy said.
The BBC has a copy of a video recording which shows the meeting between workers, managers and Vietnamese officials.
In the video, CEO of Vinastar, Nguyen Quang Tuan, is seen telling staff: “If you want to look for work elsewhere, you have to get your new employers to pay your debts.
“If you want to leave for Vietnam, you are more than welcome to do so but you will also have to pay the debts first.”
After this strike, according to factory workers, many of them were beaten up.
Staff were tightly controlled and housed in overcrowded rooms at the factory
One worker, Nguyen Van Dung, told us he and his colleagues had been taken away, one by one and then beaten up.
“They called me into a separate room,” he told us. “There, they put a rag over my head and starting the beating. They went for my hands and my feet.”
We asked owners and managers of the factory to respond to these allegations but they were not willing to talk to us.
The Vietnamese embassy in Moscow denied allegations of any malpractice at the factory.
The First Secretary at the embassy, Nguen Hung Anh, told the BBC’s Vietnamese Service: “Workers come [to Russia] in order to work, not to go on strike.
“They say 17 people were beaten up but there was no evidence, no signs, no bruises, so we can’t draw any conclusions. We have visited the factory four times, and we have asked them to improve the working conditions and wages for workers.”
Weeks after the strike, and a few days after the BBC spoke to migrants, officials from the Russian migration service conducted a surprise raid on the premises of the factory.
They found 75 people locked up in four small rooms. None of the migrants had any documents on them.
The official who organised this raid, Konstantin Pavlov, said they had now contacted the police. “What we saw at the factory,” he said, “bore all the hallmarks of a criminal offence. An investigation is now under way.”
To date, 24 workers have been officially identified as illegal migrants. They will be deported to Vietnam over the next few weeks. The Vietnamese embassy in Moscow is offering others free travel home.
The police investigation continues. Owners of the factory could, potentially, be charged for organising the employment of illegal migrants.
While Vinastar’s workers are now preparing to go home, this factory was just one of dozens of similar sweatshops run by Vietnamese entrepreneurs in Russia.
The number of Vietnamese workers employed in Russia is likely to be in the thousands, with many of them facing conditions similar to what the BBC found at Vinastar.
Please signal boost the fuck out of this.