Foreign teacher criticised over joke referring to late Vietnamese hero

The Ministry of Information and Communications has summoned an American teacher who is now living in Hanoi for a bad-taste joke on Facebook about Vietnam’s late hero General Vo Nguyen Giap. The letter from the Radio, Television and Electronic Information Department requested Daniel Hauer to attend the department on the morning of January 30 to explain his comment’s reference to General Vo Nguyen Giap. Earlier, after the U23 team’s victory against Qatar in the 2018 AFC U23 Championship semifinal, Hauer commented in a Facebook group on Thursday where a member said that he would get a tattoo of the Vietnam flag on his chest if his post got over 1,000 likes and Vietnam’s football team won Uzbekistan in the final match. Daniel Hauer and his comment related to General Vo Nguyen Giap on Facebook Hauer’s comment mocked the original post about the tattoo and ironically suggested that was nothing as he had a piercing of his penis that included a stud shaped like the head of General Vo Nguyen Giap, which led to strong public outrage. After that, he posted a video, claiming that that was just a joke and did not intend to insult Vietnam and General Vo Nguyen Giap. He did not know that including General Giap’s name in the joke would be such a serious offence. After his public apology video, he complained in a private Facebook group that those people refusing to accept his apology and send him death threats were ‘crazy nationalists.’ However, many have… [Read full story]


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