March 4, 2015
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters
Association had hoped its new art exhibit would spark dialogue
about the painful flight of refugees from Vietnam nearly four
But the show has drawn a barrage of criticism and prompted
demands for curators to remove the provocative pieces.
A protest is planned Saturday. Organizers have told police they
expect as many as 4,000 demonstrators.
Such controversy is not new to Orange County, home to about
158,000 Vietnamese residents - the largest Vietnamese community
outside that country.
Many of those residents came to the U.S. as refugees, fleeing in
the 1970s after communist forces seized control and ousted the
South Vietnamese government.
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