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Vietnamese Americans Concerned Pro Publica/Frontline Investigation paints wrong picture of Little Saigon

posted by Randall

Little Saigon
A Frontline/Pro Publica investigation into five unsolved murders of Vietnamese American journalists is being protested by some member of that community, reports OC Weekly

A group of mostly elderly Vietnamese Americans expressed fears about the image of their community and concerns that such media coverage will only further push away the younger generation away from Little Saigon.

“I saw someone on the West Garden Grove Facebook group post a few days before the documentary aired, ‘Wow, I didn’t know this was happening in our own backyard’,” said one.

“Our children are already drifting away,” another said. “Many of them already don’t speak Vietnamese, and those who do don’t speak it well. What will happen when they see this? Will they be ashamed?”

Meanwhile, the primary focus of the probe by Frontline and Pro Publica, the National United Front, is being defended by the Vietnamese American advocacy group Viet Tan, whose founders were leaders of the Front.

According to Pro Publica, one or more former members of the National United Front quoted in the story were misquoted. Viet Tan also asserts the Front did not run an assassination unit and that the investigation by Frontline and Pro Pubica began the piece with pre-conceived notions.

You can read full details of the complaints of the Viet Tan and the response from Pro Publica and Frontline in Pro Publica

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