Nguyễn Phúc Bửu Chánh
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Bửu Chánh attended the National High School at Huế, before earning a B.A. degree in literature at Huế University. He then attended Da Lat University, where he obtained a master's degrees in Political Science and Business Administration (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net). From 1982 to 1984, he attended Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, United States where he graduated obtaining a B.S. in Information Science (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net). He then worked as assistant to Colonel Nguyen Be at the Ministry of Rural Revolutionary Development, Chi Linh – Vũng Tàu Center, for the Republic of Vietnam (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net). From 1971 to 1973, Bửu Chánh was General Director of the 4th Tactic Zone at the Ministry of Economy in Saigon and until 1975, he was Assistant General Director of the Vissan Company in the Ministry of Industry, Saigon (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net).
After 1975, when North Vietnamese troops conquered the South, Bửu Chánh, his wife Phan Lien and their children went into hiding and eventually escaped communist Vietnam into exile, moving to the United States. There, he founded the Vietnamese Constitutional Monarchist League. During his exile he became President of the Southeast Asia Imperial & Royal League and Vice-Chairman of The British Committee for Free Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia & Burm (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net). Bửu Chánh is an advocate of the restoration of a constitutional monarchy in Vietnam. He believes that if the people of Vietnam have the opportunity to vote for such a system of government, they would choose it (Christopher Buyers, royalark.net).
Power struggle within the Nguyễn dynasty
In July 2004, in a solemn Bestowal of the Dragon Ring ceremony held in Washington D.C., Bửu Chánh was appointed to become the new Prince Regent, adopting the titles of "His Imperial Highness Prince Regent of Imperial Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam" [Source: imperialvietnam.net]. During the ceremony he was presented the Imperial Nguyen Family Dragon-Ring, formerly belonging to the late Emperor Khai Dinh. This scared ring was presented in the presence Her Imperial Highness Cong Nuong Princess Phan Lien. The Dragon Ring had long been entrusted to the custody of the Consort of the late Emperor Khai Dinh, and mother of Vietnam's last Reigning Monarch, the late Emperor Bao Dai. Effective from the date of this ceremony, Bửu Chánh became Prince Regent with all dynastic privileges pertaining thereto and Grand Master of the dynastic Imperial Order of the Dragon of Annam (Jeffrey Hays, Facts and Details).
- "When we are not devoted to serve the People, we cannot have the right to ask for the favors from the nation."
- "Biography of Prince Buu Chanh". www.asianamerican.net. Retrieved 2018-03-14.