BLACK APRIL COMMEMORATION: TORONTO 2012

The commemoration of Black April (April 30th) in Toronto, Ontario – marking the 37th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon.

Ngày Quốc Hận tại Toronto, Ontario, năm 2012.

Minh-Thùy

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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

PBC Toronto at Oktoberfest 2011!

Sunday, October 09, 2011 – Monday, October 10, 2011: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.

DTNPBC Toronto once again took part in this year’s Oktoberfest parade in Kitchener & Waterloo, where the biggest Oktoberfest celebration is held outside of Germany. Over here, it occurs on the very same week as the Thanksgiving weekend, so some of us PBCers got to spend Thanksgiving together. 🙂 We were also joined by our dear Hoi Nguoi Viet Kitchener Waterloo as every year, as well as the Vietnamese Student Associations of the University of Waterloo and Laurier.

The special thing about this year’s parade was that the Vietnamese community had a PARADE FLOAT!! It was made following last year’s parade with many donations from community members and the very hard work of the Tokyo Auto Collision bodyshop, who also run the Toronto Vietnamese Marching Band. This year was the first time it appeared in public at a parade!

Hope to see everyone there again next year!!

PBC Camp Video!

This video makes my day. Let’s go back in time to summertime with PBC!!!

SO MUCH LOVE!!!

Special thanks to PBC’s awesome videographer Chi-Linh Dinh for her hard work in filming and editing and putting together this awesome video to remind us of the fun times we all shared bonding together at Trai An Tinh 2011. ❤

Tet Trung Thu 2011

Saturday, September 17th, 2011 — Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON.

At this year’s Tet Trung Thu, Doan Thanh Nien Phan Boi Chau had a table to attract youth activists make their cause known to the community. They also distributed mini VNCH flags and flyers advertising their upcoming youth-lead protest to the guests and it was a big hit!!

Dai Hoi 6 Fundraising Dinner

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011 – Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Toronto, ON.

Last weekend, the Toronto fundraising team for the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference in Manila (Dai Hoi 6, or DH6) held a wonderful charity dinner and concert to help sponsor the Canadian delegation’s trip to Manila, Philippines. The theme of this year’s conference is Digital Activism, and we Canadians are proud to send our delegates to the conference with high hopes that they will return with useful knowledge and new inspiration to apply and to share. Also, a huge thank you to the Sacred Heart church, our organizers, volunteers and parents who helped us pull off this successful fundraiser; it was a lot of work but totally worth it! 🙂

DAI HOI 6 FUNDRAISER: CASINO NIGHT

Casino Night Poster

The Toronto fundraising team for Dai Hoi 6 (the 6th International Vietnamese Youth Conference) has been hard at work raising money to fly to Manila, Philippines this August and represent the Vietnamese-Canadian youth community. Last Sunday they organized a fantastic casino night event. Photos from the lively evening can be viewed here.

Our future leaders are one step closer to the experience of a lifetime at DAI HOI 6!

HS.TS.VN

DEMONSTRATION IN PROTEST OF CHINA‘S VIOLATION OF VIETNAMESE TERRITORY

Sunday, June 19, 2011 – Outside the Chinese Consulate, downtown Toronto

A protest was held by members of the Vietnamese-Canadian community this past Sunday to support the ongoing protests inside Vietnam over China’s encroachment onto the Vietnamese Paracel and Spratly Islands, Hoang Sa and Truong Sa. In the past several weeks, protests in Vietnam have been increasing in number and size, led predominantly by Vietnamese youths who organized the rallies via online forms of networking and communication such as Facebook. This movement comes at a critical time in Vietnam, when China’s pressure to overrun Vietnamese territory has become more persistent and violent by the day.

The purpose of the demonstration in Toronto was:

  • To protest and condemn Communist China’s invasion and claims over Vietnam’s territorial land and waters, including the Paracel and Spratly Islands, Hoang Sa and Truong Sa.
  • To support the patriotic spirit of the Vietnamese youth and citizens who are actively protesting the wrongful actions of the Chinese communist government and the cowardly behaviour of the Vietnamese communist government, who are putting Vietnam’s territory at risk. 
  • To join hands with the Vietnamese people across the world to condemn both the Chinese and Vietnamese communist governments.

The turnout was great, showing the will of the Vietnamese refugee community to stand up for our homeland and showing our brothers and sisters overseas that we stand united with them in the movement to protect and improve the future of Vietnam.

Video footage shot by anh Vinh. Photos courtesy of bác Tuấn and PBC’s Jace Nguyễn.

Harvest sprites at the ginseng farm

On Saturday, June 18th, 2011, our Toronto fundraising team for Dai Hoi 6 made a trip down to Lan Anh Ginseng Farm in Waterford, Ontario to work and raise funds for our cause. This August 2011, a group of youth from Toronto will fly to Manila, Philippines to attend a Vietnamese Youth Conference known as Đại Hội Thanh Niên Sinh Viên Việt Nam Thế Giới kỳ 6 (DH6) with other Vietnamese youths from around the globe. This year’s theme is digital activism.

It was a unique and fun experience. We all had a lovely day bonding and farming and hope to do this again!

Thank you to the sweet farm owner chú Anh; as well as our supporter chú Hộ who graciously came to help us out and brought us a wonderful meal to wrap up the day. 😀

Photos courtesy of Brian Nguyen.

Black April 2011 Toronto

Thank you to Brian Nguyen for the photography!