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Vietnamese American nail tech has 5 percent chance of survival after allegedly racist attack, family says

  • California native Phong Tran, 43, remains on life support after being punched outside a pub in Toledo, Ohio, on Sept. 1.
  • Tran, who worked as a nail technician, sustained a severe traumatic brain injury that required him to undergo multiple surgeries.
  • Tran’s family believes the attack was both unprovoked and racially motivated.
  • Andre Pitts, 25, has been charged with felonious assault in connection with the incident.

A Vietnamese American man is fighting for his life nearly a month after a vicious assault outside a pub in Toledo, Ohio, left him with a severe traumatic brain injury.

California native Phong Tran, 43, was punched and found unconscious outside Ye Olde Cock N Bull on N. Huron St. at around 2 a.m. on Sept. 1. Police on Tuesday released body cam footage that shows witnesses who came to his aid.

54-year-old Vietnamese American man scammed out of $139,000 by online lover

A 35-year-old woman in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is being investigated for allegedly scamming a Vietnamese American man out of $139,000.

Doan, 54, met the alleged scammer, Truong Thi Cam Nhung, on an online dating site, where he fell in love with her and eventually asked her to visit the U.S. Truong reportedly told Doan that she could only do so with a visa, which she told him in March that she would do an interview for. She then told Doan that in order to do so, she would need to prove that she had at least $39,000 in her bank account before asking him for the money. 

Elderly Vietnamese American man on morning walk fatally shot in unprovoked attack in Philadelphia

  • Loi Nguyen, a 76-year-old Vietnamese American man, was returning home from his morning walk when he was fatally shot in the head on Tuesday in Juniata Park, Philadelphia.
  • Surveillance footage in the area shows the suspect standing close to Nguyen before they open fire in an unprovoked attack, according to the police.
  • A surveillance camera caught the suspect, wearing a red hoodie, running down the alleyway toward Hunting Park after the shooting.
  • Authorities have not said whether the case will be investigated as an anti-Asian hate crime. No arrests have been made.

A 76-year-old Vietnamese American man was fatally shot in the head shortly after his morning walk in Philadelphia. 

Loi Nguyen was returning home from his routine morning walk when he was gunned down near his driveway in the alleyway behind L and Claridge streets in Juniata Park at around 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Vietnamese American volunteer in Ukraine army believed captured by Russian forces

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  • Vietnamese American Andy Huynh, who is serving as a volunteer in the Ukrainian army, was reportedly captured along with fellow volunteer soldier Alexander Drueke, 39, by Russian forces last week.
  • "I know it wasn't my problem, but there was that gut feeling that I felt I had to do something,” Huynh said in an earlier interview with his local newspaper The Decatur Daily. "Two weeks after the war began, it kept eating me up inside and it just felt wrong. I was losing sleep ... All I could think about was the situation in Ukraine."
  • Huynh decided to fly to Eastern Europe in April upon learning that young Ukrainians were being drafted into service.
  • Search efforts by a Ukrainian rescue team aided by drones failed to find any trace of the two.
  • “We found nothing,” a source told The Telegraph. “If they had been hit by the tank shell, there would have been remains of their bodies or equipment at the scene."

A Vietnamese American serving as a volunteer in the Ukrainian army was reportedly captured along with another volunteer soldier by Russian forces in Ukraine last week.  

Andy Huynh, 27, and Alexander Drueke, 39, both former U.S. servicemen from Alabama, were taken as prisoners during a firefight in the village of Izbytske outside the city of Kharkiv, soldiers who fought alongside them told The Telegraph.

Hairdresser who decorated ‘flower house’ to honor fellow Viet refugees found murdered in Cleveland garage

Vietnamese Hairdresser Murdered in Cleveland
  • Vietnamese refugee and hairdresser Chris Dong Vo was discovered murdered in a garage in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Two people have been arrested, but no charges have been made.
  • A GoFundMe page was created to cover Vo’s funeral expenses. His memorial service will take place on Thursday.

Vietnamese refugee and hairdresser Chris Dong Vo was found murdered in a garage in Cleveland, Ohio, the day after Christmas.  

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Vietnamese American lecturer lived in a tent for two years while pursuing her PhD in the UK


A Vietnamese American academic battled the cold for two years when she ended up homeless while pursuing a doctorate and teaching classes in the U.K.

How it happened: Aimée Lê, who obtained her Ph.D. in 2018, was forced to live in a tent after facing a rent increase in her third year of study at Royal Holloway, University of London. She revealed her plight in a recent interview with The Guardian.

Vietnamese filmmakers create visually stunning short about AAPI hate being as old as American history

film about AAPI

Vietnamese filmmakers Sally Tran and Phuong Vo have created a short film about the history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S. 

What it’s about: The short film, entitled Centuries and Still,” unveils the “search for justice [that] goes back to the Gold Rush era fetishization of Asian women, to today’s hate crimes targeting Asian elders.”

The ‘Vietnamese Alex Jones’ has his YouTube channel taken down after being called out by John Oliver

misinformation for Vietnamese Americans

John Oliver threw a jab at the spread of misinformation among the immigrant diaspora in the U.S., including the Vietnamese community, in an episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

The misinformation disease: In the episode, which aired on Oct. 11, Oliver said the spread of misinformation among the immigrant community was fueled by the lack of platforms that deliver reliable and accurate news in their languages, according to VN Express.

Pilot Aims to Be the First Vietnamese American Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

Anh-Thu Nguyen, founder and president of non-profit Women in Aerospace and Aviation, has set her sights on becoming the first Vietnamese American pilot to fly solo around the world. 

Currently an Airline Transport Pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI/CFII/MEI) at AeroVentures Flying Club in Atlanta, Nguyen decided to attempt such a feat to inspire the next generation of female pilots.

Man Left with F‌ract‌ur‌ed S‌kull After Being A‌‌s‌sa‌‌u‌lt‌e‌‌‌d by 6 Men On His Way to Work

A Vietnamese-American man suff‌er‌ed a skull fract‌ur‌e and spine injuries after being ro‌bbe‌d and at‌‌tac‌ked by six men while on his way to work last weekend.

The victim, identified as Vinh Vu, was on his way to his second job at Fisherman’s Wharf when he was a‌tta‌cke‌d from behind by the as‌sail‌an‌ts, according to San Francisco Chronicles. Vu didn’t fight back or resist the as‌sa‌ult. The s‌usp‌e‌cts, however, continued to b‌ea‌t him until he becomes unconscious.‌