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Tuesday, 9 May 2017


January 16, 2017
To Honorable Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilmembers;

I am writing to you in regards to the resolution opposing/banning the flag of Vietnam on city-owned flag poles that is on the Council Agenda (item 3.8) on January 24th, 2017.
I am a Vietnamese-American who grew up in San Jose, but my friend and many others like her, is a recent immigrant from Vietnam and she is a national citizen of Vietnam. The resolution you are considering will effectively make San Jose ban her national flag. As a legal immigrant, law abiding, and taxpaying citizen of San Jose my friend is entitled to the same rights and privileges as any other citizens in our city. This resolution clearly violates her rights and therefore I must ask you NOT to support this resolution. It cannot be a just and righteous resolution if it infringes upon the rights of your citizens.
When it comes to Communist Vietnam, it is a sensitive subject for the Vietnamese community in San Jose. Many of us have fled Communist Vietnam decades ago for find refuge in America and the Communist flag to us is a symbol of oppression and persecution. That is why no one is crazy enough to raise the Communist flag anywhere in the City of San Jose for it would draw instant protests by the Vietnamese community; thus, this resolution only serves a symbolic purpose. While we agreed that many people would find this flag offensive, we feel this resolution would contradict our American values of equality because to the new immigrants from Vietnam this is their national flag. That is why we advocate that you vote NO on this resolution to keep San Jose a free and open city that welcomes everyone and not be entangled in ethnic politics and international affairs.
We have proposed to ban a lot of things and people who are viewed unjustly as “unwelcome” in this country: Muslims, Syrian refugees, trans-genders, illegal immigrants, and in many places there are laws effectively disenfranchised African-Americans; making our citizens strangers in their own country. Now in San Jose, we can add another group of immigrants to that list - legal immigrants from Vietnam (recent arrivals - their flag is the Red flag of Vietnam). The election of Donald Trump has tested the limit of tolerance in our country. This resolution will test the limit of tolerance in San Jose.
The last time we had a debate about this resolution at the Rule Committee on January 11th, 2017, we were concerned about the freedom of speech so we relegated the ban (oppose) of the Communist flag only to city-owned flag poles. However, even with this change, this resolution would still violate one of our most cherished American principles - No taxation without representation. As long as there are legal immigrants from Vietnam (the new arrivals) who are paying taxes to the City of San Jose and we use their taxes to maintain city-owned flag poles, they too have a right to these flag poles in the same manner as all of us citizens. You cannot take the tax money of any particular group of immigrants and ban something that clearly represents their nationality/identity for this would violate the principle of “No taxation without representation”. If we proceed with the ban, it would be a grave injustice committed by the City of San Jose upon this particular group of immigrants.
The State of California even allows illegal immigrants to apply for driver licenses and to attend public schools; because even though they are illegals, they do pay taxes. Their taxes pay for roads, schools, and of course flag poles. If we take their taxes, it is only just and righteous that they are allowed to use these services. It would be very difficult to advocate expanding services to legal and illegal immigrants in the future if we are willing to take the tax money of one group of immigrants and deny them of something that they clearly had paid for.
As a city, San Jose advocates itself as a sanctuary city that is safe for illegal immigrants, but this resolution would make us hostile to a group of legal immigrants by depriving them of something that represents their nationality. There are new immigrants from Vietnam arriving to our city every day; these recent arrivals have little in common with the Vietnameses that have been living here for decades. The city’s resolution to ban their flag will make them feel unwelcome in our city. It is ironic that even illegal immigrants can feel safe and welcome in our city, but legal immigrants from Vietnam will feel unwelcome. How can they feel welcome if we are banning their national flag on our city-owned flag poles (Their flag is the Red flag)? This resolution is contradictory to our desire to be a sanctuary city.

As young Vietnamese-Americans, we acknowledged that the Communist flag causes great griefs and sorrows for our parents, but we believe this resolution will destroy any chance of reconciliation with the young people in Vietnam. This resolution will do more harm than good in fighting for freedom in Vietnam and will lock in San Jose as a hostile city for many years to come. 

For the reasons that San Francisco is a sister city to Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and Oakland is a sister city to Da Nang, the third largest city in Vietnam, San Jose should not ban the flag of Vietnam, even on city-owned flagpoles, for it would make us contradictory to the spirit of friendship the Bay Area seems to have with Vietnam.
As we celebrate MLK Day today, we remind ourselves of the hard fought battles to make our country a free and open country for all immigrants. Please keep San Jose a free and open city where all immigrants are welcome regardless of their countries of origin, even from Communist countries. A free and open city cannot cherry picked which flag it wants to ban, which one to keep. When we start taking sides in ethnic politics we risk turning San Jose into a battleground for different groups. Only in a free city do people have to learn to get along and work to make their lives better.
Please do not be swayed by political reasons or re-election prospects and stand by the principle that as Americans we all cherished: a free society.
I urge you for the courage to reject this resolution and to defend San Jose as a free and open city for future generations to come.
Chris Le

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