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A Joke On Facebook Puts American Expatriate At Odds With Vietnam
NPR ^ | February 1, 2018

Posted on 02/01/2018 1:02:22 PM PST by nickcarraway

Editor's note: This story contains graphic language.

A U.S. expatriate living in Vietnam has run afoul of its communist government and could face criminal charges for a joke posted online about a revered national hero.

Dan Hauer, who teaches English in Hanoi, is married to a local woman and speaks fluent Vietnamese, reportedly has a large following on social media for his popular language videos and observations about Vietnamese and Western culture.

However, a joke he posted about Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, who led Vietnamese communist forces against the French and later Americans, has not gone over well. Giap died in 2013 at age 102 and was mourned in an elaborate state funeral.

The comment on Facebook reportedly came last week as a riposte to someone who had said he would get a Vietnamese flag tattoo if the country's under-23s soccer team won the Asian Cup.

According to the BBC, Hauer replied: "that was nothing - after a Vietnamese athlete recently won a gold medal, he said, he'd got a xxxxx piercing making his xxxxxxxxx resemble Gen Giap."

The comment drew swift condemnation and according to The Associated Press, many people began calling for his deportation.

The BBC reports: "The grandson of Gen Giap also publicly shared his anger about the post, initially in a strongly worded comment and which he later replaced with a more toned down one saying "millions of people who love him [Gen Giap] felt the anger caused by this foreigner's insult."

In a video clip posted on his Facebook page, Hauer said, "he did not think that the Vietnamese would take his jokes seriously," the AP writes.

"Dan just wants everybody to understand that Dan has no intention whatsoever to vilify Vietnam or vilify Vo Nguyen Giap," Hauer said in on the video in Vietnamese, according to AP. "Dan [learned] a lesson to be careful in using names and images of others in a joke, particularly famous Vietnamese historical figures."

Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication said Tuesday that Hauer had apologized to Giap's family and the country as a whole. State media said he could be fined up to $2,200 but that a final decision on his fate would depend on his behavior, the news agency reports.

Hauer declined to comment publicly, but his wife, Le Thi Hau, was quoted as saying that she had received threats via telephone and text and that English learning centers had terminated contracts with her husband following the incident.


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1 posted on 02/01/2018 1:02:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He looks like he might be into getting his xxxx pierced.


2 posted on 02/01/2018 1:03:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
He looks like he might be into getting his xxxx pierced.

Who knows, that may well be his punishment.

3 posted on 02/01/2018 1:09:29 PM PST by Sans-Culotte (Time to get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US!)
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To: stylecouncilor

Dung: “Give my regards to General Giap”, ping....

How could this guy not have known that would get him into trouble?


4 posted on 02/01/2018 1:11:10 PM PST by onedoug
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To: nickcarraway

You really can’t insult some country’s hero and his xxxxx and not expect to get some blowback.


5 posted on 02/01/2018 1:12:30 PM PST by LouieFisk
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To: onedoug

What a dork! That’s like making a similar “joke” about George Washington ... except that it’s in a communist country with no guarantee of free speech. Dumb, dumb, dumb!


6 posted on 02/01/2018 1:12:50 PM PST by NorthMountain (... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed)
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To: BenLurkin

“He looks like he might be into getting his xxxx pierced.”

By a doctor of xxxxology.


7 posted on 02/01/2018 1:13:42 PM PST by LouieFisk
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To: nickcarraway
Gee, who would have guessed Communist officials don't have a sense of humor?

Answer; Everyone in the world except Dan and every leftist professor in America.

Jeez, lives in Vietnam, marry a local, speaks their language and STILL don't understand the culture.

He has the credentials to be an American professor!

8 posted on 02/01/2018 1:16:31 PM PST by RedMonqey (Rockets... Lottsa Rockets.)
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To: nickcarraway

Commies will be Commies, after all...


9 posted on 02/01/2018 1:17:38 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: RedMonqey
Who would have guessed Communist officials don't have a sense of humor?


10 posted on 02/01/2018 1:21:59 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Yeah , I forgot to add “Out of touch, Democrat politicians”. Thanks!?(grins)


11 posted on 02/01/2018 1:28:34 PM PST by RedMonqey (Rockets... Lottsa Rockets.)
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Yep commies, liberals, leftists, and dictators are not known for their sense of humor....


12 posted on 02/01/2018 1:40:41 PM PST by TnTnTn
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To: BenLurkin

Rutger Hauer could make that joke. Dan Hauer? Not so much.


13 posted on 02/01/2018 1:42:33 PM PST by TigersEye (A Russian Bot is a Russian Bot to his last dying day!)
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To: onedoug
How could this guy not have known that would get him into trouble?

He does not look to bright, he lives in a sh!thole, run by a leftist government. What could go wrong?

14 posted on 02/01/2018 2:08:29 PM PST by depressed in 06 (60 in '18.)
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To: nickcarraway

What a dope - try going to Thailand and insult their king while you’re at it.


15 posted on 02/01/2018 2:14:44 PM PST by dainbramaged (Get out of my country now)
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To: nickcarraway; nopardons

Typical dumb guy who marries a hot Vietnamese woman, moves there (it’s cheap!), loves the cool street food and thinks it’s just like America only with unpaved roads and a bad sewer system. Actually, now that I think about it, we have a few of those types here.


16 posted on 02/01/2018 2:15:31 PM PST by miss marmelstein
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To: miss marmelstein

How do you know she’s “hot?”


17 posted on 02/01/2018 2:20:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: miss marmelstein

LOL...yes, we absolutely do!


18 posted on 02/01/2018 2:21:30 PM PST by nopardons
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To: BenLurkin

Pleeeeeeze, diner is about to be served at our house, and you have to post that nasty picture? That’s enough to scare the maggots off a dead dog!


19 posted on 02/01/2018 2:28:26 PM PST by redfreedom
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To: BenLurkin

The man knew he rules.Different subject material but you get into legal trouble in freedom loving Canada for writing stuff the government does not approve.


20 posted on 02/01/2018 3:12:56 PM PST by ThanhPhero
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