PQC: Andy Ngo Story is not only the story of the US of A but a typical story of mankind’s stupidity that has been mistaken as ingenuity: the invention of belief system in which a bunch of conflicting ideas/isms such as religions, political ideologies, culturism, racism, genderism … fighting one another between and within groups to establish one’s authority and power over the others! This kind of tragedy will continue forever unless humankind comes to realize the destructive nature of authority and power and decide to do away with them.
by Anna Griffin Feb. 8, 2018
Andy Ngo’s parents were lucky to make it out of Vietnam alive.
“My mother came from a family that was labeled bourgeois or middle class. They owned a jewelry business in their home which was taken after the collapse of the South Vietnamese government,” Ngo said. “They were thrown into the labor camp. My mother was only 16 at that time.”
His father was a police officer in a small coastal town — a good job during the war, but one that could easily get you shot afterward.
So in 1978, the family escaped by boat and ended up in Oregon, a new home mostly inhabited by white people.
“In my youth, my Asian-American or Vietnamese identity was really at the forefront of how I viewed myself,” Ngo said. “I always felt, in a way, out of place growing up in the Pacific Northwest. At that time, I thought it was because of race.”
Ngo was usually the only Asian kid in his classes. Yet, he said he’s experienced overt racism only twice.
The first time, he was at a high school leadership conference in Klamath Falls. Another participant asked where his family was from.
“And I said, ‘Vietnam,’ and he said, ‘We have a Vietcong restaurant down the street,’” Ngo recalled.
The second time was during his undergraduate days at UCLA. He was working in an Americorps program that put college students to work in poor Los Angeles schools. The campus where Ngo worked was predominately Latino.
“Many of the children were not used to seeing somebody of an east Asian background, and they pointed at me and called me ‘Chino,’ and laughed,” he said. “They did that almost every time I was there. It was hurtful because they were so young.”
Today, though, he said he’d brush that sort of thing off. His attitudes toward race, already evolving, underwent a sharp change a few years ago when he traveled to Vietnam for the first time.
“When I arrived, I was thinking, ‘This will feel like home. I’ll finally be among my people,’” he said.
But those thoughts quickly faded away.
“People looked at me, and they could tell right away that I was not native,” he said. “My skin is really fair because I was raised in the U.S. And so everywhere I went, people really stared at me. They made it very obvious. At first, I didn’t quite know what was going on, so I asked my family there, and they were just like, ‘They’re not used to seeing somebody as white as you, as pale as you.’”
That sense of being different grew even more acute when he traveled to rural parts of Vietnam to meet his cousins. He told them he was gay. They had questions.
“‘Why are you denying your parents the legacy of having children?’” he said.
“The paradigm they were raised in was more about, ‘You need to think about others, you cannot just be thinking about yourself.’ You have to think about your family, and by extension — in a way — your tribe, even if they wouldn’t use that term.”
It was a big moment for him and his attitude toward race and politics.
“That was the first time I really felt like an American,” he said.
Today, Ngo is a graduate student in Portland and a part-time journalist whose Tweets have been picked up by Breitbart and whose work has appeared in the National Review. He drew national attention last year when he accused the Portland State University newspaper of firing him over his conservative political beliefs.
Since then, his work has been critical of Islam and the protestors who’ve marched for police reform and against President Donald Trump.
“Even though I am a sexual minority and I’m a person of color, I come from a family who were refugees so I feel so lucky to be able to have been born and raised in this country,” Ngo said.
“So yeah, when I see the American flag, I feel a sense of pride and honor of being part of that. And I regret that a lot of people see it as a symbol of violence that should be burnt.”
He said we talk too much about race and racism as a society.
“I think by focusing just on racial diversity, you miss out on the diversity of thoughts. What you develop is an ideological monoculture,” Ngo said.
“The paint is a rainbow, and you see many different colors represented, but when you dig a little deeper you see that it’s all the same color.”
Andy Ngo Attacked: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Updated Jun 29, 2019 at 9:33pm
Twitter/Andy Ngo Andy Ngo pictured on his Twitter page on the day of the attack in Portland.
Andy Ngo is the Quillette editor who says he was assaulted by Antifa members during a rally in Portland, Oregon. On June 29, left-wing activists descended on Pioneer Courthouse Square in the city to counter protest a Proud Boy rally named “Him Too” which was due to take place at 1 p.m. Ngo began tweeting about his assault prior to the actual start of the rally as he says he was recognized by counter-protesters.
That rally was being opposed by Rose City Antifa and the Democratic Socialists of America of Portland, reports KPTV. The event happened nearly one year to the day of a similar event in downtown Portland.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Ngo Says That Antifa Members Stole His Camera Equipment & Beat His Head ‘Multiple Times’
Now filling 3rd Ave. and turning onto Jefferson, completely blocking the street pic.twitter.com/s9bDSfxq3L
— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) June 29, 2019
In a tweet on the afternoon of the attack, Ngo said, “Attacked by antifa. Bleeding. They stole my camera equipment. No police until after. waiting for ambulance. If you have evidence Of attack please help.”
In a subsequent message, Ngo said that he was “beat on face and head multiple times.” He described his assailants as being “at large.” Ngo also posted multiple videos showing his condition in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Those videos show Ngo with cuts and bruising on his face.
In one of the videos, Ngo says, “I just got beat up by the crowd – no police at all – in the middle of the street. And they stole my GoPro. And they punched me several times in my face and head, and I’m bleeding.”
2. Ngo Says on His Twitter Bio That He Is ‘Hated by Antifa’
— Jim Ryan (@Jimryan015) June 29, 2019
On his Twitter bio, Ngo says that he is “Hated by Antifa.” Ngo is a resident of Portland and frequently writes about the Antifa movement. During one video recording of the June 29 protest one woman can be heard saying, “F*** you Andy.” On May 7, Ngo posted a video to Twitter showing a man he said had assaulted him at his gym. The night before the June 29 assault, Ngo tweeted that he was “nervous” about the rally as he posted a screenshot of an Antifa blog that singled Ngo out as the group promised a “physical confrontation.”
Ngo tweeted, “Was just assaulted & had my phone stolen at @24hourfitness Hollywood Portland by someone I recognize at Antifa rallies. He first dumped liquid on me then stole my phone. Reporting to @PortlandPolice. I don’t know his identity & gym wouldn’t tell me. They got my phone back.”
Quillette, the outlet that Ngo primarily works for, has been described by the Daily Beast as “a site that fancies itself intellectually contrarian but mostly publishes right-wing talking points couched in grievance politics.”
3. The Portland Police Department Said Victims Had Been Hit With ‘Quick Drying Cement’
Following the assault suffered by Ngo, the Portland Police Department said in a statement, “Police have received information that some of the milkshakes thrown today during the demonstration contained quick-drying cement. We are encouraging anyone hit with a substance today to report it to police.”
The Oregonian reports that the protests ended just before 5:30 p.m. One of the Oregonian’s photographers, Dave Killen, tweeted that “the last of the right-wing group” was gone before 7:30 p.m. local time. An intern with the newspaper said that she heard members of the crowd say at around 7:00 p.m., “Who is who? Where are the Nazis?” To which someone replied, “They went home. They took Ubers.”
4. A GoFundMe Page to Help Ngo Has Raised Over $25,000 at the Time of Writing
A GoFundMe page titled, “Protect Andy Ngo,” was started as news spread of the assault he suffered. At the time of writing, the page raised close to $27,000. The goal of the page is $50,000. The page has been endorsed on Twitter by far-right activists Harmeet K. Dhillon.
While it was set up by another far-right activist, Michelle Malkin, who refers to herself as Ngo’s “friend” in the blurb for the fundraising page. Malkin also wrote that in the past Ngo “has been singled out, doxxed, and targeted by SJW thugs while police stand by and do nothing.”
5. The Portland Event Was Set Up by Far-Right Activist Haley Adams
The “Him Too” event was set up by activist Haley Adams, who goes by the monikers “Rebel Barbie” and “Divas4Trump” on Facebook. In a statement on her Facebook page regarding the June 29 events, Adams said that her event had been a “success” and that they had “a peaceful event.” Adams had earlier reposted Ngo’s photos showing his injuries. In the caption, Adams wrote, “Stand against domestic terrorism.”
Adams wrote that members of Antifa had “attacked our policemen, journalists and innocent citizens of Portland.” Adams then said that Portland’s mayor, Ted Wheeler, would “ignore the crisis.” On her Facebook bio, Adams says that she lives in the “cesspool of Portland, Oregon.”