Protest chant
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Seeing red over an art project

Protest chant
A protester with American and South Vietnamese flags shouts a chant in the parking lot outside the offices of the Nguoi Viet newspaper in Westminster. The paper printed a photo of an artwork that some in Little Saigon say is insulting to the flag of the former South Vietnam. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
‘Connection’ -- Foot spa
The artist behind “Connection,” a yellow and red foot-spa tub with a yellow cord plugged into a red outlet, says it isn’t intended as an insult to the flag of the former South Vietnam. Instead, she says, it is a salute to Vietnamese refugees. ()
Artist Chau Huynh
Chau Huynh, the art student who created the controversial piece. “I don’t speak for the whole community. I speak for myself,” she says. “All my work is to honor the Vietnamese people. If people don’t like it, they don’t have to look at it.” ()
Nguoi Viet
For eight days, protesters paraded in front of one of Little Saigon’s leading newspapers. They called the editors “traitors” for running a photo they said was so offensive that it had to be the work of communist sympathizers. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Night protest
Protesters hold a nighttime rally outside the Nguoi Viet newspaper. The paper’s editors were replaced in the wake of the controversy. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)