When this shadow play is over, Little Saigon will be left wondering, who has gained and who has lost? The ACLU calls Truong’s court triumph a victory for free speech. But some in Little Saigon have quietly expressed the viewpoint that real free speech is still unknown in Little Saigon. Rather than raising the level of discourse, they say, Truong’s inflammatory behavior and flaunting of painful symbols has reawakened deep hurts just as they were beginning to heal. The only winners, they say, are the extremists on both sides who have gobbled up camera time. Ao Vai is not sure if he agrees. "This has been quite an ugly spectacle," he says, "but maybe this is just what we needed to shake things up."