quê hương meets the great white north

a Vietnamese Canadian searching for his roots.


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Go to the image you want in facebook, and make sure it’s not being viewed in the “Fb photo viewer” (you can click “refresh” to ensure that). Right click and select “copy image location” or “copy image url” or something to this extent, depending on what browser you’re using!  You now have the picture’s original URL!

Go to your wordpress and start a new post….type your text and whatnot, then when you are ready to insert a picture, click the “add picture” icon


You should go to “From URL” at the top…

Then add the URL of the picture you copied, in the URL box

You can also change any settings you want before you post….e.g. centre it, align it left or right…etc.  The “link image to” box gives you the option to insert a link, and when you click your picture, it goes to that specific link.





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August 30, 2011 at 3:31 am

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test post!

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test test test

observe the person in this photo. she is lovely. i miss her.

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August 30, 2011 at 3:08 am

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July 1st 2010-Happy Canada Day, with a side of G20

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First of all, it is Canada Day! Today my beautiful country turns 143 years old, and I am so proud to be Canadian. It is such a great feeling. I went to a fireworks display and the entire park banded together before the fireworks began to sing O Canada, our national anthem. It was an extraordinary feeling. Words can’t even describe the feeling.

On a more serious note, the past weekend I took part in a peaceful protest during the G20 summit. In my opinion, the protest was a great success, we got a lot of attention from the media for our cause, and myself and others were interivewed several times by numerous tv stations/radio stations/and newspapers.  We were protesting the presence of the Vietnames Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who was invited because Vietnam was the host of the last Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. The Prime Minister in Vietnam is the one who has control of all governmental decisions (the President controls the military), and thus is one of the main causes of the blatant human rights violations in Vietnam. We marched from Queen’s Park North Lawn, south down University, then East on Queen all the way to Spadina, North on Spadina until we reached College, then we made our way back to  Queen’s Park.

We were fortunate that we left before the violent protesters began really stirring things up.  I find it absurd the things the violent protesters were doing. I believe in speaking up for your beliefs (whatever they may be….even if I disagree with them, you have a right to free speech), however endangering others while doing it is not right. At this point you become a criminal, and your voice is drowned out by your actions. It’s very pathetic. I also saw people with “this is what a police state looks like” signs. I must make a comment on that: No, you are absurd to think that this is what a police state looks like. If this were a police state, you’d be crushed by police and/or have a bullet in your head for holding that sign, or even protesting at all. There would be no protests, peaceful or otherwise, at all. Period. Don’t complain about “this is a police state” bullshit because, the bottom line is, we are fortunate to be able to freely speak our minds and not be violently prosecuted. I admit some of the police  tactics were uncalled for, and many people were arrested unjustly, however, we are blessed and priveleged, and I an appaled at the people who complain about having their rights “violated”.

At any rate, there are a lot of mixed feelings for me about G20 summit in general, however I think the actual Vietnamese Canadian Community (in collaboration with Vietnamese people from as far away as Washington D.C. and Philadelphia) was successful.  I can’t find that many pictures so far, but I did find one, in addition to an article published in a California news website, found here.

With that, I end todays post. I hope to have more posts as July progresses, I’m gearing up now to plan the  trip to Washington D.C. for uNAVSA-7 Conference, and the PBC Appreciation Camp.

To end my post, I merely say: With glowing hearts, we see thee rise, the True North Strong and Free.

O Canada, we stand on guard, for thee!

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July 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

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June 19, 2010-I ain’t trying to change the world, I’m just trying to change pretenders.

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The past week has gone by like a freakin tornado. So much to do, and it’s all passing by so fast.

It all started at the beginning of the week, with the arrival of the Jade Buddha for Universal Peace. I had the honour of participating in the opening ceremony and unveiling of the buddha statue. It was truly magnificent, and the second day, the mandala that was formed beneath the jade buddha statue was even more amazing.

This week, I also got the chance to go to Ottawa with the Vietnamese Reform Party (Viet Tan), to attend a meeting with MPs and Ministers at Parliament. The meeting was very enlightening, and I learned a lot about the issues in Vietnam, and Parliament’s views and stances on said issues. I also had a chance the day after the Ottawa meeting to attend a small meeting with Jason Kenney, the Canadian Minister of Immigration. I was joined at the meeting also by the Chairman of the Vietnamese Association Toronto (along with other VAT members), a Thoi Moi newspaper representative, an SBTN representative, one of my best friends, and representatives from the Committee to Support the Democracy Movement in Vietnam. It was a very productive meeting in my opinion, and I learned a lot from it.

Notice the statue in the background, and similar pose..

Lastly, with some help from my sister, I managed to finish up the official uNAVSA-7 trailer. This trailer is available for viewing after 4 days of straight work, and 2 all nighters. I will end the post up with the trailer. I don’t expect a lot of posts in the next 2 weeks, the G20 protest is coming up this weekend, and lots of stress to follow.

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June 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

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