An Ethnic Furor In Oakland

“An exhibit at the Oakland Museum examining how the war transformed California is scheduled to open in August. But instead of putting the finishing touches on the exhibit, the museum is working to repair its relationship with the Vietnamese American community. The damage control comes after the museum’s Oct. 24 dismissal of researcher Mimi Nguyen days after she submitted a memo complaining that the exhibit was not sufficiently inclusive of ethnic minorities.” The controversy has been widely reported in California’s Vietnamese press, and a groundswell of popular support for Nguyen is causing headaches for the museum.