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OBITUARY: Little Saigon Radio Host, Activist Viet Dzung

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Popular Little Saigon radio host, entertainer and activist Viet Dzung died Friday at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital of heart disease. He was 55.

In addition to his heart ailments, Dzung had used crutches as the result of a childhood bout with polio, according to the Los Angeles Times. He had also suffered from diabetes.

Dzung, whose real name was Nguyen Ngoc Hung Dung, was respected in Little Saigon for his dedication to the Vietnamese refugee community and his commitment to fighting for human rights in his native Vietnam, according to the Nguoi Viet online.

"For more than 10 years I started my morning with him," one fan noted on Facebook. "He is a treasure. His voice is as familiar to us as his heart."

He began his radio career in 1993 with Little Saigon Radio before moving to Radio Bolsa in 1996 where he was a popular reporter and commentator. He was also a singer and musician who wrote and recorded several hit songs.

Dzung first gained notoriety as a spokesman for the Vietnamese refugee community in April 1975 as the Vietnam War ended and millions fled South Vietnam by boat as it came under Communist rule. Many of these so-called "boat people" died at sea while hundreds of others settled in what is now Westminster's Little Saigon community.

In recent years Dzung told listeners he preferred to not play music by artists from Vietnam to protest that country's refusal to support Vietnamese-American performers, the Times reported.

He also helped organize concerts in Little Saigon to encourage potential voters to register and recorded public service announcements on the dangers of smoking, according to the Times.

Dzung was born in Saigon on Sept. 8, 1958 to a former member of Parliament and a school teacher, according to the Vietnamese version of Wikipedia. In 1975, he fled to Singapore before moving to the United States in 1976 and being reunited with his family.

In addition to his radio program, Dzung was the literary editor of a monthly magazine called Witnessess, according to Wikipedia.

Reported by City News Service
Bruce Doan December 21, 2013 at 04:54 PM
RIP Anh Viet Dzung, you're a great friend to many, including me. Bruce Doan
Phuong Vo December 21, 2013 at 10:25 PM
I have been greatly affected by Viet Dzung's songs ever since I listened to them decades ago, since they represent my innermost pain, hope, longing as a political refugee. Most importantly, his songs truly echoed his daily efforts in fighting for humanity rights and freedom in VN. Thank you so much and RIP anh Viet Dzung. you will live forever in our hearts and minds.
Michael Vo December 23, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I am unbelievably saddened and distressed to learn of Viet Dzung's passing. He was a human rights advocate and a champion in opposing Communism. Viet Dzung inspired countless generations around the world to continue the struggle to fight for freedom & human dignity. His passing is a great loss for humanity and he will be truly missed. R.I.P. my dear brother, Viet Dzung.
Charlie Phan December 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM
You passed away, but your songs still there, touched too many, warmed our hearts, reminded us of our responsibility of our native land; although, we left, but hearts and minds were remained.

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