Vietnamese Community Furious Over L.A.’s ‘Jane Fonda Day’

Vietnamese activists in Los Angeles are outraged that the county declared April 30th “Jane Fonda Day.”

Just days after county officials announced a tribute to the 86-year-old actress, members of the Vietnamese community were outraged.

Activists immediately retaliated According to the paper, they named the month “Black April” in reference to the fall of Saigon and objected to the celebration. Los Angeles Times.

Fonda, who for decades has been vilified as “Jane of Hanoi,” not only opposed the U.S. war effort, but actually traveled to North Vietnamese territory and provided aid and comfort to China-backed enemies. He is also notorious for giving.

“She may be a very strong activist against climate change, but she’s also seen as someone who was very cruel to the rights of the South Vietnamese people during anti-war protests,” said Los Angeles-based president Phat Bui. “I’m working on it,” he said. Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California.

Bui also sent a letter to county officials requesting that the date be changed, adding that “choosing such a date could cause tremendous pain to our community and Vietnam War veterans.” Ta.

On April 30, 1975, U.S. troops fled the South Vietnamese Capitol. Members of L.A.’s Vietnamese community gather every April 30th to remember that dark day.

Republican state Sen. Janet Nguyen accused the county of Fonda Day, saying it was “alarming and extremely disrespectful to the more than 500,000 Vietnamese Americans in California.”

Fellow Republican Rep. Michelle Steele also criticized the county.

“Lifting Hanoi Jane above the Vietnamese community honors the Americans who sacrificed their lives to communism, and the loved ones they lost to communism, is a great opportunity for freedom-loving Vietnamese people with tragic and painful memories of the Vietnam War.” “This is deeply offensive to Americans,” Steele said. .

After all the pressure for an aggressive date choice, the county Board of Supervisors agreed to change the date and is now considering April 8 instead. The board also claimed that choosing April 30 to honor Fonda was “unintentional.”

Fonda had long refused to apologize for her support for communists, but in her later years she changed her tune. In 2013, she admitted that she made a huge mistake when she posed for the infamous photo alongside North Vietnamese soldiers in 1972.

“When I was in North Vietnam, I made one unforgivable mistake that I will go to my grave for,” she said at the time, adding, “I will never know if I was set up.” added. “I was an adult. I take responsibility for my actions…”

She also said she often apologizes to American Vietnam veterans every time she meets them.

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