The Vietnamese American Community of the USA
16204 Viki Lynn Pl., Pflugerville, TX 78660
Websites: http://tienggoicongdan.com/, https://vacusa.wordpress.com/
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, CDVNHK@gmail.com
TEL: (703) 980 9425 – (512) 789 0481
July 27, 2015
The Honorable John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State
Department of State
Washington, DC 20520
Dear Secretary Kerry,
On behalf of the Vietnamese American citizens, we are writing this letter to express our disappointment in regard to the humiliating behavior of a high official of the Department of State.
When Mr. Ted Osius, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, visited the Vietnamese American community in San Jose, California on July 14, 2015; he requested to remove our heritage flag (which is yellow background with three red stripes) at the venue that was not a federal facility. Not only asking to remove our flag, Mr. Osius had on his jacket the pin featuring the flags of the US and Communist Vietnam celebrating the 20th anniversary of the diplomatic relation between two countries. We see this as an impolite, unprofessional behavior that challenges our anti-communist community.
The yellow flag with three red stripes has been recognized by about three scores of States, Counties, Cities in the U.S. as the Freedom and Heritage Flag of the Vietnamese Americans. Although we lost to the Communists, we have been embracing the flag as the symbol and strong hope for a brighter day when democracy and freedom will be restored in our fatherland Vietnam.
The Department of State may not want to see our flag at its properties. By displaying the yellow flag, we both confirm our identity and exercise our freedom of expression that was written in the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. If anyone would feel uncomfortable seeing the flag, then, please, don’t come to us.
Mr. Osius’s disrespectful behavior was disgracing the feeling and pride of all Vietnamese Americans. We need an explanation from the Secretary Kerry and an apology from Mr. Osius.
Thank you for your serious attention to this matter.
CEO, President of the VAC-USA
Cc: Mr. Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, The Hon. Zoe Lofgren, US Congresswoman