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VIETNAMESE YOUTH, BE COURAGEOUS TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITIES
Bài củaTaquanghoang - Translated by Han Nguyen



IDENTIFY VIETNAMESE YOUTH

     In general, Vietnamese Youth are people who have grown up and matured abroad after the Black April 1975 misfortune. Furthermore, Vietnamese Youth are minors under 17 and those born after April 30, 1975.
Abroad, Vietnamese Youth includes the following:

  • They are still minors when arriving to a liberal country after April 1975. The common thing they have is being born in Vietnam before or after April 1975 and arriving to a liberal country when they were still teenagers.  Thus, they knew more or less about the Vietnamese communist regime. People in this group are at the age of 51 at most (17 years old when leaving Vietnam after April 1975 plus 34 years living abroad. Those, who left Vietnam later, are certainly younger.)
  • People were born in a liberal country after April 1975.  The oldest people in this group are 34 years old (34 years since 1975)
  • People who arrived to a country of freedom when they were older than 17 years but younger than 30; they continued going to universities at the countries where they settled in order to have more knowledge before entering the new life. They are 60 years old now at most.

     On the other hand, the Overseas Vietnamese Community (Cộng Đồng Người Việt Hải Ngoại) formed through three main immigration waves:

  1. The April 1975 migration with approximately 120,000-150,000.
  2. People who passed the frontier and sea after April 1975 to early 1980’s; with more than half million people who arrived to the Liberal countries.
  3. The H.O program which began in 1990 with more than 300,000.

      Besides these three main migration waves, there were also other people who immigrated abroad through ODP, VIP, “McCain program”, marriage, fiancé, etc., for additional tens of thousands.
Until today, Oversea Vietnamese Community has about 3 millions people; Vietnamese Youth, as classified above, is about half of them.

(Note: From now on, “Vietnamese Youth”, “Young Vietnamese”, “Vietnamese young Generation” means Vietnamese people who grew up abroad and under 60 years old.)

EDUCATION LEVEL OF VIETNAMESE YOUTH ABROAD

Due to the Education policies at advanced countries, all minors have to go to school. Thus, Vietnamese, who came to a liberal country when they were underage, had to register at elementary or high schools based on their ages.  Then, they often went to Colleges or Universities to complete the undergraduate or graduate programs or have “some college” courses before starting life on their own.
The Vietnamese Youth, who immigrated when they were between 18 and 30 and went back to College, have the same knowledge as those in the first group who were under 18 when arriving to their new countries.
More than 30 years of living abroad, many of the Vietnamese Youths have achieved higher educations and contributed greatly to the wealth and prosperity of their new societies.  The contribution has many aspects. Aside the financial contribution (through taxation), they have participated to the main stream of politics in legislative, executive, and judicial branches (from local to federal), the military, and other specialties.  They became professional elites, such as university professors and scientists. In other words, the Oversea Vietnamese Community is quite similar to other ethnic groups; but it grew quickly and began making a great contribution to the country. This is a pride for Overseas Vietnamese.

ROLE OF OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE YOUTH IN BUILDING A STRONG OVERSEAS VIETNAMESE COMMUNITY

After 34 years, the Overseas Vietnamese Communities have grown and matured all over the world, especially in North America, Europe, and Australia. Thanks to the maturity and the large contributions of the Overseas Vietnamese Community, its voice is not only respected by the other ethnic groups, but also heard by the government agencies, which satisfy the reasonable demands of the Vietnamese Community.
More important matter worth mentioning is the political viewpoint of the Overseas Vietnamese Communities.  The first generation of Overseas Vietnamese after arriving at the Freedom countries at any period of the immigration (April 1975, after 1975 to early 1980s, and after 1990s) has the same political viewpoint; never accept the Hanoi Communist Regime. They neither accept nor compromise. There is a clear distinction between the Vietnamese Nationalists and the Communists. This decisive attitude has been reflected through the fact that the Overseas Vietnamese Communities campaigned the local governments, where many Vietnamese live, to approve the yellow flag as a symbol of history, freedom and the love for Vietnam’s homeland.
Thirty four years has passed, the Overseas Vietnamese Communities has grown strongly along with the maturity of the young Vietnamese generation.  At the same time, the first generation has entered their golden years – the truth they have to accept.  If the situation of the South of Vietnam had been the same as it was in the years before 1975, would this young Vietnamese generation have hold several leading positions from local to central governmental bodies? They would be Division Commanders, Corps Commanders, and even Commander-in-Chief. They would be Chief of Provinces, Governors, Ministers, Prime Minister, or even the President of the Republic of South Vietnam.  And before 1975, none of those who lived in South of Vietnam doubted about their leading abilities as well as their anticommunist viewpoint. The simple reason is that if they showed their befriended attitude with Communists, they would be rejected by people right away.  In other words, at every period of time, the appropriate people of that time take the responsibilities to be the leader.  They might be good or bad leaders; however, nobody would doubt about their anti-communist standpoint.
With the same viewpoint, should the activities of Oversea Vietnamese Communities be lead by the young generation – those who are 60 years old or younger? In recent years, the first generation has made excuses that the young generation lacks the leadership experience, especially the experience in pursuing anti-communist goals. Therefore, they continue to hold onto managing the organizations of the communities. This shows that the first generation delays giving the young generation the responsibilities and continues to see them as immature “children”, although they are over 50 years old with many abilities.
Probably due to the above mentioned conception and the respect to the senior, the majority of Vietnamese young generation has their own organizations, which sometimes are far better than the organizations and activities of the Oversea Vietnamese Community.  Only a few young Vietnamese join the activities of the community and often hold supporting positions.  Even the elected officials from different level - all belong to the young generation - have a strong voice when working with the government (from local to federal); however, when they come to work with the Community they have a very modest position

THE ATTITUDE OF BOTH GENERATIONS

The extra-carefulness of the first generation has some positive factors; however, it is better when they hand over the leadership to the young generation.  If they want to continue contributing to the common goals, they should have the consulting role or uphold the traditional cultural ceremonies during the transition period.
The first generation has a more important mission, which is to spare their time to write their knowledge, and experiences (try to use historical document which have been decoded in order to enhance the accuracy and value of their writing).  This not only provides documents to the young generation’s knowledge but also contribute to the revision of divergent Vietnamese history written intentionally by the Ha Noi Communist hack writers for their regime’s benefits.
Vietnamese young generation aboard should bravely take the responsibilities, lead and direct Overseas Vietnamese Community organizations. The young generation has to stand up and accept the responsibilities not only because they have the advantages of better education, scientific, and technology knowledge, but also because the mighty task is for their generation to undertake now. The young Vietnamese will have to pursue and develop the anti-Communist stand in order to soon disintegrate the Hanoi regime, which is selling our country for its selfish benefits.
We have to trust absolutely in the anti-communist stand of the young generation because they came from the families who suffered a great deal from the communist regime.  The young Vietnamese have the opportunity to grow up and mature in societies that have freedom and respect to human rights; therefore, they acknowledge their positions and cannot go against the desire of the Overseas Vietnamese Community.
At any time, any circumstances, and any generation, there are some selfish people who sell their conscience for ignoble material, and turn against expectations of the community. However, being too cautious and distrusting is wrong. Furthermore, no individual or duty exist forever and can not be replaced.

HISTORIC LESSON FROM UNITED STATES

The history of United States during the current time gives us an excellent lesson. As the most powerful country in the world, each decision made by the White House has been influenced greatly not only to the benefit of the United States, but also to the security of many other countries and the world. Nevertheless, through the 2008 election last November, the American used their votes to entrust responsibility to a young, black man, with fewer experience in all aspects, to lead the country in a period of extreme difficulty as we all knew.
And after making the decision to hand the responsibilities to the newly elected-president, Barack Obama, everyone - indiscrimination clan, ethnicity, religion, etc., including some people who dislike or doubt him about some issues - have supported and wished him success in undertaking the task. No one intervened - and nobody has that right in reality – in his job supervising the country. Trust, respect, and mental support are the necessary factors to help leaders to successfully complete their jobs. National benefits are sovereign.
It would be the the right time for the first generation of the Overseas Vietnamese to make the final decision to transfer the community leadership to the young generation.  At the same time, young Vietnamese have to acknowledge their historical responsibility so that they can act based on their precious knowledge and the love of the community. With this, they will serve the community better and fulfil the community’s expectations – bring the Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights, and Happiness to the beloved Vietnamese’s homeland.

Westminster, CA, April 15th, 2009

 

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