Letter to Senator Kennedy

May 7, 2001
International Institute for Vietnam
4908 Ravensworth, Annandale, VA 22003
Tel. (703) 256-0277
Fax (703) 256-0918
Email: Doan Viet Hoat

Senator Edward M. Kennedy
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Kennedy,

I have just returned from a two-week successful trip to Czech Republic and Poland in which I had a chance to meet President Vaclav Havel, and Czech and Polish democrats. I appreciate your letter to President Havel whom I highly respected for his visionary political and cultural viewpoint. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your effort. During the time in Eastern Europe I also had a chance to meet many Vietnamese and to understand more of their aspiration and viewpoint for a better Vietnam.

I am pleased to know that this Wednesday the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing session on the nomination of Mr. Viet D. Dinh, a Vietnamese-American, as Assistant Attorney General. This nomination proves once again the strength of the American political system which I highly appreciate. This system allows equal opportunity for each person to develop his or her capacities and aptitude, regardless of differences in race, thought, and belief. All talents are cherished and flourished without regard to their origins and leanings.

Thuc and I hope to have a chance to see you in the near future. Thuc asks me to forward to you and Mrs. Kennedy her warmest regards.

With my best wishes to you and Mrs. Kennedy, I remain

Yours sincerely,

Doan Viet Hoat