In 1998, on the 200th anniversary of her first apparition, the image of the Virgin Mary, which had appeared to a group of martyrs in La Vang, Vietnam (and was known as Our Lady of La Vang), was transformed from a European woman into a Vietnamese woman. The change was initiated by Vietnamese Catholics in southern California, who then exported the Vietnamized image to Catholic communities in Vietnam and other parts of the world. Today, the image of Our Lady of La Vang has become a global representation of the Virgin Mary as an Asian woman

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