Trailer for “Hồn Việt”

We are looking forward to viewing this film, “Hồn Việt”, which will feature the history of VNCH as well as our Freedom & Heritage flag, our national anthem performed by the National Presidential Orchestra of the Ukraine, and the lives and accomplishments of the Vietnamese diaspora and youth worldwide today… among other treasures.

It will be released by DVD and on YouTube on November 17, 2012, by the Vietnam Film Club.

Tuổi Trẻ Việt Nam hãy Đứng Lên!

Hãy là ngọn gió đổi thay…
Hãy biết yêu Quê Hương Việt Nam
Hãy đứng lên cháu con rồng tiên
– Triệu con tim, Trúc Hồ

Các bạn ơi! Tuổi trẻ Việt Nam ơi! Biết bao nhiêu khó khăn trên con đường canh tân, biết bao nhiêu hy sinh để ngay thẳng con đường đi. Nhưng sau bóng tối sẽ có ánh sáng, và vượt qua thất vọng sẽ tìm được hy vọng. Trong tinh thần đó, tôi xin tặng các bạn một bài thơ chị tôi và tôi đã sáng tác. Mong là bài này sẽ khuyến khích và thúc đẩy các bạn để tiếp tục tranh đấu cho Việt Nam càng ngày càng tốt đẹp hơn, càng ngày càng tươi sáng hơn.

Môi Trường Hy Vọng

Tuổi trẻ Việt Nam hãy đứng lên!
Mài tâm quyết chí dựng tương lai
Đáp đền chữ hiếu nên siêng học
Một hướng ta đi dẫu miệt mài
Sách vở trên vai ta tiến bước
Mở mang kiến thức đáp non sông
Với lòng tự tin ta cùng hướng
Nghiên bút mài son nước non hồng


14-year-old girl Malala Yousufzai shot in head and neck by Taliban

“This is an attack to silence courage through a bullet,” Hayat said. “These are the forces who want to take us to the dark ages.” (Toronto Star)

Apparently, some people (should we even consider them human?) remain uncivilized. I don’t know about you all, but in my opinion anyone who violently targets children in the 21st century are automatically savages.

In the city of Mingora, part of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, a youth activist, was gunned down by a Taliban militant. Her crime? She believes that girls should be able to go to school and get an education. That seems reasonable, right people? Well, it’s reasonable if you’re civilized and have been fortunate enough to escape the dark ages. But clearly, it’s unreasonable to whoever this dude is, apparently part of the Taliban, who don’t want girls to be educated (what? You afraid they smarter than you?).

What’s especially upsetting to me is that Malala is a prominent youth activist who was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize last year, inspiring many to work towards a better future for the oppressed. Why is it that every time there is a talented, well-meaning individual with the right senses to think about the less fortunate and to have the wisdom and vision to cultivate the human spirit and lead humanity to a more progressive future, they always get gunned down? Think John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II.

It takes a village to raise a child, years to cultivate oneself, decades to acquire wisdom, and one bullet from a savage idiot to block that progress. Well, unless all the world is willing to retreat back into the caves and re-enter another dark age, they’ll have to gun down a lot of people.

Let’s pray for the quick recovery of Malala Yousufzai, and God willing, that her campaigns are not in vain.

écrasez l’infâme

– Nhat A. Tran

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Đứa Bé (Minh Khang)

Đứa Bé (Minh Khang)

Trong đêm một bàn chân bước
Bé xíu lang thang trên đường
Ánh mắt buồn, mệt nhoài của em
Em rất buồn vì em không biết đi, đi về đâu

Cuộc sống mưu sinh chỉ làm em qua cơn đói từng ngày
Vì em không cha, vì em đã mất mẹ
Thương đau vẫn là đau thương

Em mơ một vì sao sáng
Dẫn lối em trên đường đời
Dẫu biết rằng chỉ là giấc mơ
Đã lâu rồi em đã không, không có tình thương

Nhìn thấy ai ai cũng đều vui bên mẹ cha
Giọt lệ em tuôn rơi, hòa tan với nỗi buồn
Bước đi trong chiều mưa

Hãy lau khô cuộc đời em
Bằng tình thương, lòng nhân ái của con người
Và hãy lau khô giọt nước mắt trong lòng em
Bằng tất cả trái tim con người Việt Nam

– Trần Anh Nhật

“Anh Là Ai” x 3

My favourite version among the talented little girls singing Viet Khang’s “Anh La Ai”! She hits all those notes like a boss. She’s even got a live band backing her up. 🙂

These Vietnamese-Canadian youths are so patriotic and talented. 😉


“Anh Là Ai” x 2

Đứa bé Việt Nam ơi, đứng lên đáp lời sông núi!

– Trần Anh Nhật

Washington D.C. Protest – International Human Rights Day Dec. 10, 2011


Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.”

So begins the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, no doubt an important foundation for a potential world peace.

On International Human Rights day, December 10, 2011, in Washington D.C., a few activists and myself stood in front of the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and read the articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in English and Vietnamese through a megaphone. Our goal was simple. We wanted to remind the government of Vietnam that all human beings, regardless of which side of the hemisphere they live in, are entitled to fundamental rights and freedoms. In light of the Vietnamese government’s recent crackdowns on activists and bloggers, it was clear to many, if not all, that the government of Vietnam was violating some of the following articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights including but not limited to:

Article 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 3.

  • Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 5.

  • No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 9.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.

  • Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.

  • (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
  • (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.

  • No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

The recent arbitrary arrests of Vietnamese youth activists and bloggers in Vietnam blatantly violates articles 9, 11, and 12 above. The methods by which they were detained violates article 5. The coercive silencing of the detained activists in court (if any hearing is held) violates article 10. And the ordeals that these activists are subjected to are a breach of articles 1 and 3.

It was a cold day, that Saturday Dec. 10, but we definitely felt the warmth coming from the flames of liberty. We believe that these flames are spreading, and will one day sweep over the lands of the oppressed, like quenching rain that falls on barren desert that has experienced drought for too long. The people thirst and hunger for justice, freedom, and liberty…

(Note 1: The complete Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found at the following link:

(Note 2: A member of Viet Tan has informed me that the arrests of the Vietnamese youth activists also violate articles of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, more information can be found at the following link:

– Anh Nhật



Friday, October 14, 2011 was a cold night. I remember meeting up with a girl that evening before we departed and went on our separate ways. She was off to a student group party, and I went to welcome travellers from Washington D.C. That evening would become the start of an unexpected journey…

They weren’t just any regular American visitors. They came to Toronto with the goal of educating and mobilizing youth to take part in a greater movement. “Hi, I’m here with the PBC group. There is supposed to be a table booked for us under the name CL, could you show me to it?” I asked the waiter. “I’m sorry but there is no table booked under a ‘CL’. Actually, we have no more tables available, the evening has been very busy sir”. WTF?! Son of a *****, I thought to myself, but was able to prevent the words from rolling off my tongue…

“Ugh, okay”, was the only response I could give the waiter. I stood there looking dumbfounded and was thinking of ways I could troll MT. I’ll troll CL too. And NA while I’m at it. Son of a….wait, there are Vietnamese-looking people at the bar…hmm. I approach the Vietnamese-looking people. They look democratic…

“Hi, are you all here for some sort of PBC event?”, I asked.

“Yes! Hi! We’re from Washington D.C., we just arrived, and you’re the first Torontonian from the group that we’ve met!”

“Ugh…really? Because I’m actually not a member, I’m just here to learn more about this group and I registered for the digiactivism seminar this weekend. Nice to meet you all, and welcome to Toronto.” I took a seat at the bar and surveyed the pub. I’ve been here a few times before, and each time I left with slurred speech, an uncalibrated centre of gravity, and would just be brimming with so much hope for the world…I didn’t expect any different this evening. But this evening was different. For starters, this was the first time I was going to be here with Vietnamese people. This was also the first time I was here – or at any pub – to discuss matters of democracy and freedom in general, and for Vietnam in particular. Actually, this felt exhilarating, for I always knew I was capable of creating a dent in history (I was blessed with many talents and gifts), and maybe it’ll just be a small mark, but I wanted to leave behind something for all of posterity…the pleasant ambient lighting settled me in for some beer…ahh, maybe I’ll let MT off the hook this time…

A little later that night other registrees of the weekend seminar arrived, and the party started. But more important work was to come in the following two days…

Saturday October 15, 2011

location: York University, student centre

Everyone arrived eager to learn about the tools of digi-activism. The speakers were members of Viet Tan from Washington D.C. The first speaker gave a presentation about the pillars of a dictatorship regime, and how non-violence can be a powerful tool to undermine the regime.

The second presenter spoke about the tools activists use to promote democracy and address human rights issues, such as blogs (!), twitter, Facebook and mobile devices to organize and gather individual activists.

The third speaker gave an introduction about the Viet Tan reform party, its history, goals and future directions.

In between the presentations we had group activities encouraging us to brain storm ways in which to promote democracy, justice and human rights. It was a very interactive experience and this allowed the participants to get to know each other better. Finally, after all the presentations and group activities, we all left and gathered at a restaurant for dinner. Our minds were crammed with information and facts, and it was time to cram our stomachs with food. Tomorrow was going to be another big day.

Sunday October 16, 2011

location: York University, student centre

Today was going to be a half-day seminar, yesterday’s seminar lasting from morning to late afternoon. After reviewing the previous day’s talks, we went on to generate ideas for a digi-activism project, which would be spearheaded by the Toronto digi-activism group. Many great ideas surfaced, but we settled on a video project inspired by’s “Yes We Can” video. The goals were the following:

1) raise awareness about the 15 Vietnamese Catholic youth activists detained in Vietnam

2) the script for the video would come from the writings of one of the detained activist, Paulus Le Son

3) gather as many participants for the video from as many places in the world as we can

The video project got launched that Digi-activism seminar weekend, and this is the result:


– Anh Nhật

Photos courtesy of members of PBC and VT (Kev, CL, Lan).

Hoi Cho Tet 2012

January 21st, 2012 — International Centre, Mississauga

The year started off with a bang for the Vietnamese-Canadian community and in particular for activist group DTN Phan Boi Chau Youth for Democracy. Our booth at this year’s Hoi Cho Tet was better than ever as we supported our cause for human rights in Vietnam, as well as promoted the global Phai Len Tieng!/Speak Up Now! Campaign, whose objective is to give a voice to the 17 Vietnamese Catholic activists unjustly detained while advocating for Religious Freedom and the people’s rights in Vietnam. Many people stopped by our table to tell us why they speak up.We also put a lot of effort into setting up the Lang Vietnam (Vietnamese Village) this year, and performed “Phai Len Tieng” by composer Anh Bang after presenting the Phai Len Tieng/Speak Up Now music video, a project that came out of the Digital Activism Seminar in Toronto last Autumn. All in all, we were very glad to be able to contribute to another successful Hoi Cho Tet for our community.

PBC Speak Up Now! Photos

Photos credited to members of PBC.

– Minh-Thùy


Since July 2011, 15 youth activists have been arbitrarily detained and held incommunicado, denied family visits and access to legal representation by the Vietnamese authorities. Their “crime”: promoting social justice and human rights.

Drawing inspiration from‘s Yes We Can video, this production is dedicated to the fifteen youth activists and many others unjustly detained in Vietnam.

The script is adapted from the blog of Paulus Lê Sơn, one of the detained youth who eloquently writes about the importance of fighting for humanity in the struggle for social justice. This video is part of the Phải Lên Tiếng (Speak Up Now)! campaign. Please join us in the campaign and movement for social justice in Vietnam.

Từ tháng 7 năm 2011, có 15 bạn trẻ yêu nước bị nhà nước Việt Nam biệt giam không được cho phép có luật sư đại diện hoặc gia đình thăm viếng. Họ đang sống trong cô đơn nơi lao tù vì đã tham gia vào các hoạt động kêu gọi công bằng xã hội và lên tiếng bảo vệ chủ quyền đất nước.

Lấy ý tưởng từ video Yes We Can của nhạc sĩ, video “Phải Lên Tiếng” được thực hiện để chia xẻ sự quan tâm của các bạn trẻ khắp nơi trên thế giới đến với 15 bạn trẻ này, đồng thời nâng cao nhận thức của giới trẻ về những bất công đang xảy ra trên quê hương Việt Nam.

Lời trong video, được lấy từ trang blog của Paulus Lê Sơn, một trong 15 thanh niên đang bị giam giữ, cho chúng ta thấy việc lên tiếng về những bất công ở xung quanh chúng ta vô cùng quan trọng để xây dựng một xã hội nhân văn, nơi mà con người biết yêu thương đùm bọc lẫn nhau.

Trong tinh thần đó, xin mời các bạn tham gia chiến dịch Phải Lên Tiếng để cùng nhau hỗ trợ tinh thần những người bạn của chúng ta và tạo một sức mạnh đoàn kết vì một đất nước Việt Nam nhân bản.