Letter: What’s in a “Voong” name?

To the Editor:

It seems that with another Asian shooter in the news, again our media is quick to focus on the shooter’s ethnicity, so much so that the Vietnamese community is forced to point out that he may be ethnically Chinese, and Voong or Vuong, is a phonetic spelling of Wong.

As Vietnamese blogs (such as Talawas) started to refer to Voong as Vuong/Wong, so has the mainstream media. Why does the Vietnamese American community feel the need to deflect attention by directing it to the Chinese American community? Shouldn’t we try to focus on the facts of the case and that this, again, a very American tragedy, is a result of this man’s experiences in America?

— Charles Liu, Issaquah

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