How Do You Say “Dumbass” In Vietnamese?

First, the shocking facts:

Cindy Vo, [co-valedictorian, speaking at her high school graduation in Terrebonne Parish] the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, spoke of high-school memories, friends and the future. Then she recited a sentence in Vietnamese, dedicated to her parents as they looked on. “Co len minh khong bang ai, co suon khong ai bang minh,” she said into the microphone.

The 18-year-old graduate told classmates that the line, roughly translated, was a command to always be your own person. . . .

Vo said her statement in Vietnamese was aimed at her parents, who don’t speak fluent English.

“Out of the whole speech, it’s one sentence dedicated to them to give thanks,” Vo said. “Mine was personal and general for the entire Vietnamese community and something I wanted to share with graduates.”

Hue Vo expressed gratitude to her parents for the hardships they faced moving here from south Vietnam.

“It’s very important to my parents that I keep my culture,” she said. “I felt if I expressed myself in Vietnamese it would be more heartfelt.”

Great story, right? Represents all kinds of great American ideals. Immigrants move here hoping for a better life. They work hard and succeed. Their kids do, too, immersing themselves in the American High School culture, but also remembering and appreciating their old one. Then the kid wants to do something special to honor her parents. What could be better?

But of course, you know what’s coming next:

School officials in Terrebonne Parish are considering a policy that would require all commencement speeches to be in English only. . . .

“As board members, we get to observe the different ceremonies and there’s some inconsistencies I think the board or administration more importantly needs to address,” board member Rickie Pitre recently said in committee. “I don’t like them addressing in a foreign language. They should be in English.”

If you live in Terrebonne Parish, that ignorant p.o.s. is one of the people responsible for your child’s education. If that isn’t a great argument for school vouchers, I don’t know what is.

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3 Comments on “How Do You Say “Dumbass” In Vietnamese?”

  1. walt moffett Says:

    Wonder what would have been Pitre’s reaction if Thomas Boudreaux gave a shout out in Cajun French? Well, besides the French teacher wincing.

    Another thought, when they gonna rename the parish to Good Earth?

  2. Minh Nguyen Says:

    I am Vietnamese American and would love to translate that for you.

    đầu ngớ = Dumb ass

  3. wheeler Says:

    minh,

    muchas gracias.

    walt,

    or call it a county.


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