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A U.C. Berkeley student’s reflection * Cal is too awesome to just choose one particular moment or activity. I would like to say what my most memorable “experience” at Cal is my personal growth throughout the years. I owe this to the organizations that I’ve dedicated myself to and in turn, they have dedicated to me, in order of level of growth from these organization: ASUC Senate, aKDPhi then VSA.

It’s a value is not always understood – an odyssey to real freedom * When serving the U.S. Peace Corps as a high school teacher in the African nation of Togo, I was often asked why I left my homeland after Vietnam had won the war over the Americans…

The Vietnamese, too, are haunted by MIAs * Christmas 1972. Folk singer and anti-war activist Joan Baez was in Hanoi celebrating Christmas Eve Mass in a bomb shelter. The sound of bomb explosions could be clearly heard mixing with the peaceful “Silent Night, Holy Night.”…

Now Vietnam must end human rights abuses. Business (and repression) booms * Communism is no longer a vital force in Vietnam, and the country is moving toward a market economy. Thanks to Hanoi’s bold economic reforms, many Vietnamese are enjoying a new lifestyle, with Korean gas stoves, Australian telephones…

Refugee-turned-citizen values his right to vote * I came to this country as a refugee from Vietnam. I left my homeland because its government locked up dissidents and showed no respect for people’s basic rights. Since arriving in the United States, I was able to pursue my education, get jobs and choose a lifestyle as I wished…

Vietnamese Nike workers deserve respect, not abuse * It’s time to do Christmas shopping. This year I will skip Nike products to protest the company’s labor abuses overseas.

Vietnamese New Year brings area families together * This weekend many Bay Area Asians, among them 200,000 Vietnamese-Americans, are welcoming Tet, or New Year, which according to the lunar calendar begins Friday. The coming year will be dominated by the buffalo…

What Religious Freedom means. The struggle has gone on for decades, and for some Vietnamese Buddhists it is more important than life itself * According to the lunar calendar, Buddha was born on the 15th day of the fourth month 2,537 years ago. This year the Buddha’s birthday fell on June 4. With Buddhists around the world, thousands of Vietnamese in the Bay Area celebrated this sacred feast…

Thanks for America’s spirit of giving * This time of the year our mailbox is often filled with mail from various charities soliciting support for their cause in helping the less fortunate, the sick and the needy…

Reflecting on Vietnam, now and then * For Americans, the Vietnam war officially ended Jan. 27, 1973, when the Paris Accords went into effect. Within 60 days, all American troops would withdraw…