August 17, 2005
The Kentucky Fried
The city of Bowling Green, Kentucky unanimously voted to recognize the former South Vietnamese flag.
"Backed by a large crowd of local Vietnamese-Americans the commission voted unanimously to adopt the former flag of South Vietnam as the official flag of the local Vietnamese community. Many of the supporters tonight are refugees who came to America during the Vietnam war and many were moved to tears at the symbolic gesture.
"The people who have come from South Vietnam who have lived under Communist rule really want the world to know the true flag of Vietnam is the South Vietnam flag," said Mayor Elaine Walker"
Mayor Elaine Walker went on to decree that the true flag of Kentucky is the Confederate Flag. Many Kentucky residents and small armed militias who have yet to come down from the bluegrass hills consider it to be the national flag (despite the Confederacy having not existed for nearly 145 years). A parade was scheduled shortly after the opening ceremonies. Revelers marched in a parade down Main Street in a spectacle not seen since Sea Biscuit won the Kentucky Derby in 1938. Backwards Vietnamese Americans and the KKK waved to their supporters from a replica of the "Dukes of Hazzard" car, The General Lee, called by the Vietnamese, "Đại tướng Ly". When questioned about American history, many Vietnamese admitted not knowing who General Lee was, but were able to identify Colonel Sanders. One KKK member, of East German heritage, removing his hood was also visibly moved to tears, and expressed his lifetime work to see that Kentucky too would recognize the forgotten flag of the former East German State. African Americans looked on in disbelief.
Posted by rst at August 17, 2005 05:41 PM
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do you mind providing the source for that article? thanks!
Posted by: julie at August 24, 2005 05:45 AM
If I were to parody this post as pure propaganda by a Communist, would that be fair?
Posted by: VietPundit at August 24, 2005 01:28 PM
I'm sure you think those who pushed for the flag measure are extremist. Well, what does this post make you? There's room for disagreement about whether or not those flag measures are just symbolic and do not do anybody any good, and that those efforts could be better spent somewhere else, but this post this beyond the pale. I thought you were better than this.
Again, I'm sure those who push for the flag would accuse you of being a Communist (since you're working in Vietnam), and they'd be wrong. Just as you're wrong here.
Posted by: VietPundit at August 24, 2005 01:40 PM
My guess is you approve of the fact that African-Americans do NOT want to see the Confederate flag to represent them. Well, many Vietnamese-Americans do NOT want the Communist flag to represent them. If you do not know why that is, then I suggest you talk to some boat people. Leaving aside the question of whether using the flag of the former South Vietnam to represent all Vietnamese-Americans is a good idea, can't you understand the emotions of some Vietnamese-
Americans when it comes to the Communist flag? Whatever happened to the compassion and tolerance of liberals? Is the tone of the post above one of compassion and tolerance?
Posted by: VietPundit at August 24, 2005 02:47 PM
Julie: The source of the quote can be found below at the end of the post: WBKO
VietPundit: I've just returned from travel, so i'm late in my reply. Parody is a wonderful thing, which is why I enjoy the humor of The Onion whose biting non-pc style this post is styled. Parody has the ability to provoke, which is highlighted in our differences of opinion. You are welcome to parody me as a communist, but on what merit? That I live and work in Vietnam? Please do look into the history of my posts and you will see that I am highly critical of social and cultural issues (particularly of education and the arts) here in Vietnam. I am looking for a positive change. I know several boatpeople, including my older sister, Chi Cuc, who made the terrifying journey as a 13-year old girl. The tone of my post is not one of compassion and tolerance, it's one of satire. This method of commment has been something I've used for many years, though mostly through visual art rather than writing. You can see this in the trajectory of my work which is also linked to the main blog page. You believe in what you write, hey, I believe that you write honestly. But I also believe in what I do, though the issues and tactics may differ. I hope you can understand. Please continue to check the blog now and then and I trust you'll see that I'm not so monodimensional.
Posted by: r. streitmatter-tran at August 26, 2005 04:48 PM
You're making my points. Let's see: "You are welcome to parody me as a communist, but on what merit?" Huh? I didn't know that parody, based on your standards, has to be based on any "merit". You see, I haven't parodied you as a Communist yet, and here you are, protesting "I'm not a Communist! Read my blog, you'll see I'm not a Communist!". As I said above, if I were to parody you as a Communist, that would be unfair, just as it's unfair for you to compare some Vietnamese-Americans to Klansmen, just because you disagree with them on the flag issue.
I've read your blog (and left comments before), and that's why I was disappointed to see this post. As I said above, I thought you were better than this. Of course I know it's satire, which always involves exaggeration. The question is, "Is it good satire?" I think in this case, you went over the top, and failed to make your point effectively.
I didn't criticize you for living and working in Vietnam, or call you a Communist. I said those whom you parodied as backwards Vietnamese-Americans would, and they would be wrong to do so, just as you're wrong in this post.
Posted by: VietPundit at August 27, 2005 10:48 AM