Scientology in Vietnam: open welcome or backdoor entry? - 2013-04-11
Critics say that after being hounded in countries like France, Canada, and the US, the Church of Scientology is seeking to establish new markets in other parts of the world.
"Asia could prove to be a goldmine for the program, with Vietnam being its entry point into the region," said Kent, the Canadian sociology professor.
"Consequently, Vietnamese officials should respond appropriately to this ineffective program, because the program has implications not only for their country's citizens but also for people throughout Southeast Asia," he said.
The church sent volunteers to Asia to administer another of its treatments, a massage called a "touch assist," in the aftermath of disasters including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and 2008 Myanmar cyclone, the Associated Press report said.
An, who is also a major-general, said that after the first phase of piloting the treatment last November, the hospital and the Scientologists have been in "regular touch" to compare notes.
"The first step [of collaboration] is very good," he said.