VACUSA – Objection to Mr. Ted Osius’ (US Ambassador to Vietnam) Disrectpecful Behavior

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16204 Viki Lynn Pl., Pflugerville, TX 78660
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 he20namViet-Myritage 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.

Sincerely yours,
Michael Do
CEO, President of the VAC-USA

Cc: Mr. Ted Osius, U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, The Hon. Zoe Lofgren, US Congresswoman

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2 Responses to VACUSA – Objection to Mr. Ted Osius’ (US Ambassador to Vietnam) Disrectpecful Behavior

  1. Ted Osius says:

    Dear Mr. Michael Do,

    I am disappointed that you did not choose to check the facts before posting your public letter to Secretary Kerry. I visited California during my recent trip to the United States in order to meet with members of the Vietnamese-American community, hear their thoughts and concerns about U.S.-Vietnam relations, and explain our current policy, recognizing the tremendous contributions the Vietnamese-American community has made to our bilateral relationship.

    I had very substantive discussions, and listened carefully to the views and suggestions of the Vietnamese-Americans. As can be seen in this YouTube video (, I was always polite and respectful, including in an exchange with a woman who wore the south Vietnamese flag, who was herself polite and respectful. I told her that I respected the symbol and her right to display it, but also noted that, as the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, I preferred not to be photographed with it. On no occasion did I forbid anyone to display the flag or ask for all flags to be removed from the venues. Displaying the flag is the lawful and legitimate right of American citizens.
    Ted Osius

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