Vietnamese New Wave
Are any of my readers out there Vietnamese
? I was turned on to this amazing genre by "the Jewel of La Puente
," the one and only (OK, one of thousands but still one of a kind) Ngoc Nuyen
. I have asked the experts here at Amoeba Hollywood about "Vietnamese New Wave" (also referred to as Asian New Wave
at times) groups and no one seems even remotely familiar with any of them, with the exception of Chris Matthews
, to whom "Modern Talking" sounds familiar ...
First of all, when people talk about Vietnamese New Wave, they’re not talking about Vietnamese artists (although there is Thu Thuy, Lynda Trang Dai
and supposedly a tieng viet cover of a Night Society
song), but rather a movement that includes mostly German Euro-disco
and English synthpop
artists who acquired, through means that no one seems to understand (although it definitely involves mixtapes) massive popularity amongst Vietnamese in Cali, Texas
(and maybe elsewhere).
And whilst there’ve been at least four or five documentarians who’ve explored the still supposedly strange popularity of Morrissey
, to my knowledge no one has yet delved into the mysterious “Vietnamese New Wave” movement in which (in addition to OMD, Pet Shop Boys
's "I Like Chopin") four German performers, with no radio play, no MTV exposure, no Amazon recommendations, no local performances came, against all odds, to achieve stardom in the Vietnamese immigrant population.