John “Vietnam” Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American, the first Hip Hop artist and the youngest person to have a street named in his honor in Chicago after drowning two years ago. John was a hip-hop artist and poet known for making an impact at the annual Chicago youth poetry slam: “Louder Than A Bomb”. The young rapper was also an activist in the Uptown neighborhood who self claimed that he was about “peace, love, unity, and having fun.” In March, the 5000 block of North Winthrop was named Honorary John “Vietnam” Nguyen Way. He drowned in 2012 trying to save his friend swimming in Madison, Wisconsin.
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