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Duy Hoang
Native name Hoàng Tứ Duy
Born (1971-11-29) November 29, 1971 (age 46)
Saigon, Vietnam
Nationality Vietnamese
Occupation spokesperson, writer, democracy activist

Hoàng Tứ Duy (chữ Hán: ; also known as Duy "Dan" Hoang) is a Vietnamese-born American democracy activist. He is currently the spokesperson for Viet Tan, an unsanctioned political movement in Vietnam.[1] Before becoming a full-time democracy activist, he worked as an investment banker for over 10 years. He has testified before US Congressional committees on human rights issues and written for the Wall Street Journal, Asia Times Online and leading Vietnamese-language publications.

He currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Early life and career

Born in Saigon, he left Vietnam in April 1975 at the age of three. He holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the University of Chicago.[2]

He was a principal financial officer at the International Finance Corporation, the private-sector arm of the World Bank, where he was responsible for IFC's local currency financing programs in Asia and Eastern Europe. He was hired to head Deutsche Bank's investment banking activities in Vietnam in 2007. However, he was reportedly denied entry by government authorities.[3]

He has a long history of organizing for the Vietnamese community,[4] actively serving as board member and organizer.

He is a co-founder and former National Co-chair for the Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG),[5] a national annual celebration of Vietnamese heritage and pride.

He is a co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organization that focuses on advocacy for the protection of Vietnamese refugees, as well as addressing other issues confronting the conscience of our community.[6]

He also served on the board of Vietnamese-American Public Affairs Committee, a grassroots organization aiming to empower Vietnamese Americans through civic engagement.[7] As a VPAC member, he testified before the House Committee on Ways and Means about US-Vietnam trade relations.[8]

Pro-democracy activism

Duy quit his career as an investment banker to join Viet Tan full-time in 2007.[9] He has been a member of the leadership since 2001, currently serving as the spokesperson.[10]

He is active on raising awareness about the dangers of bauxite mining in the Central Highlands in Vietnam.[11] He has testified before US Congressional committees on human rights issues, calling on the international community to support democratic reforms in Vietnam.[12]

As the number of Internet users reached critical mass in Vietnam and the government ramps up its crackdown on bloggers and digital activists,[13] Viet Tan launched the Internet Freedom Campaign,[14] with Duy being an outspoken advocate for Vietnamese netizens to access the net. He testified before a Congressional Briefing on Internet Freedom in Vietnam[15] and spoken to conferences on strategies to promote access.[16]


See also


  1. ^ "Viet Tan". 
  2. ^ "Geneva Summit 2010 Speakers Profile". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Shawn, Crispin (January 18, 2008). "Democratic pebble in Vietnam's shoe". Asia Times. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Vietnamese Professionals Society North American Conference 2004". VPS. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Vietnamese American National Gala Recognizes the Contributions of Vietnamese Americans; 'Celebrating Three Decades of Progress'". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "VOICE Summer 2009 Newsletter" (PDF). 
  7. ^ "Refugees From Vietnam Unimpressed With Kerry". CNS News. 
  8. ^ "Hearing before the Committee on Ways and Means, 106th Congress" (PDF). Committee on Ways and Means. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pro-reform party coddled in US, branded terrorists in Vietnam". AFP. 2007-06-16. Archived from the original on October 27, 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  10. ^ "Leadership of Viet Tan". Viet Tan. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Vietnam mining project sparks protests". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 11 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight" (PDF). Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Country Spotlight: Vietnam". Alliance of Youth Movements. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Viet Tan's Internet Freedom Campaign". Viet Tan. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Congressional Briefing on Internet Freedom in Vietnam". Viet Tan. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy: Internet Security, Internet Freedom". Retrieved 31 October 2011. 

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