Below is an infomercial about the Speak Up Now! Campaign to help raise awareness about the plight of the 15 youth activists unjustly detained in Vietnam. These innocent young men and women, all of them religious and human rights activists in the Vietnamese Catholic community, were arbitrarily arrested and detained without any outside contact and the whereabouts of some remain unknown.

As of late, these arrests have become more and more like abductions–deftly executed and violent in nature, without any notification or explanation to the families of the detainees. But these youths are educated, faithful, and courageous individuals who are full of potential and love for their country and for justice. Most of them are only in their 20’s & 30’s, just like me, and probably just like you.

We cannot let this injustice go on. And yet, the plight of these activists is not getting enough media attention, nor enough awareness from the rest of the world… There must be something we can do to help these people; there must be some way we can show them our support, and that we are thinking of them…

You can help by:
1. Submitting a letter of support for the youths to phailentieng@lenduong.net. View the letters at http://phailentieng.lenduong.net/

2. Submitting a 30-second video recording of yourself (individual or in a group) saying why/how you are speaking up for the youths. This will be compiled to create a compilation of youth voices from around the world, standing in solidarity with the youths being detained in Vietnam. (Wear purple!)

We need your voice. Please help us stand up for Human Rights and for Justice.



Music from the Mountains

It’s been a while since I had a music post up. I’ve been itching to write this post since an acquaintance shared this wonderful song with me last week. I was told how the people in the mountains of Vietnam, called the Hmong or Montagnards, are people with pure, good and simple ideals. They aren’t concerned with materialism or the complications of the busy city life, and so their lives are filled with love and faith. It’s something you can tell just by listening to this song.

However, it is true that they have been facing terrible religious persecution at the hands of the Vietnamese Communist government. The Montagnard people are devout Christians and Catholics, which in Vietnam makes them a target of the regime; even more so because their people sided with America during the Vietnam War.

Since they are a strong and admirable people, they refuse to renounce their faith despite all the violence, harassment, and arrests imposed on them by the communist government. They continue to practice and protect their religious beliefs and peacefully protest the injustice of the government. Such is the atrocity of communism, that it won’t even spare something as pure and good as these folks’ faith. May God have mercy on all the wretched communist souls. -_-”

If you’d like to know more about this, I recommend these articles:

Persecution of Montagnards in Vietnam

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: Vietnam – Montagnards Harshly Persecuted

Here is the song. It is in Vietnamese, written and composed by Vietnamese Montagnard singer Y Moan (who was of our grandparents’ generation and passed away not long ago), and is called Giấc Mơ Cha-pi which translates to “Cha-pi Dream”. A Cha-pi is a musical instrument, like a Montagnard “harp,” I suppose. It’s a wooden cylinder with taut strings around the body of the cylinder. Well actually it’s not like a harp at all. You can just google “Chapi instrument” to see it. Perhaps I will translate the lyrics sometime, too.

Anyway, the song is quite beautiful. Hope you enjoy it.

I don’t own the video, all rights belong to the respective owner(s).