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March 14, 1995 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a bright, clear afternoon, a video crew has set up at Laguna Beach's Heisler Park. The subject of the shoot is a rising young singer who has recorded three albums, toured Europe several times and Australia once. In some cities she plays to thousands, but the park-goers who stroll by on this day look on curiously without recognizing her. Huong Tho is being interviewed by Trang Nguyen for an entertainment news program on Costa Mesa-based Little Saigon Television.
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February 14, 2008 | DANA PARSONS
I remember it being unusually warm for a winter's night, but in my mind's eye now, I wonder if I'm recalling the heat from the crowd more than the temperature. What remains indelible, however, is the memory of that crowd, numbering in the low hundreds and filling the available walking and standing space at a strip mall along a stretch of Bolsa Avenue in Little Saigon. It was a restless but peaceful assembly of mostly Vietnamese Americans, still holding court after dark, long after the businesses had shut down for the night.
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November 13, 1994
One man was wounded and dozens of panicked customers fled when a gunman opened fire in a coffee shop Friday evening, witnesses and authorities said Saturday. The shooting was the latest attack in a Vietnamese cafe in the Little Saigon area, where three people were killed and eight others wounded during a four-month period earlier this year. Police refused to release the name of the victim in Friday night's attack, but said he was in stable condition at a local hospital. Sgt.
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February 12, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
For eight days, protesters paraded in front of one of Little Saigon's leading newspapers. They carried an effigy of Ho Chi Minh and called the editors "traitors" for running a photo they said was so offensive that it had to be the work of communist sympathizers. Two top editors at the newspaper were replaced several days later.
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October 21, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three young men were gunned down, two as they ran, in an attack that began outside a coffee shop Wednesday night. Police Capt. Bill De Nisi said a shot was fired at 7:45 p.m., possibly from a passing car, at a group of youths in front of the Cafe Gia Hoi in a strip mall on Edinger Avenue near Magnolia Street on the fringe of Little Saigon. One man was hit, and others ran, with their attackers in pursuit, Sgt. Paul A. Sorrell said.
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October 7, 2000 | JACK LEONARD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Federal and local law enforcement officials are in the midst of a major crackdown on organized crime in Orange County's Little Saigon, hoping to make a dent in the racketeering and drug outfits that have flourished since the area's founding in the 1970s. In the last month, authorities targeted what they described as Orange County's largest supplier of the designer drug Ecstasy, along with operators of gambling and counterfeit clothing operations as well as credit card scams.
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February 26, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people were arrested Sunday in connection with the weekend shooting death of a Colorado man who was hit in the cross-fire of a gang-related attack that left two others wounded at a crowded Little Saigon coffeehouse, police said. The suspects in the Saturday afternoon shooting were identified as Dung Le, 22, of Anaheim, Hoang Le, 19, of Garden Grove, who is not related to Dung Le, and a 17-year-old who is believed to have been the shooter, police said. Sgt.
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July 29, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
A small, nonprofit group has proposed building a $10-million Vietnamese library and cultural center on three acres of city-owned land in Garden Grove, signaling the further expansion of Little Saigon, Orange County's rapidly growing Vietnamese American community. If approved, the project would plant a large and significant Vietnamese cultural anchor in Garden Grove, which in recent years has begun to rival adjacent Westminster as the heart of the nation's Vietnamese American community.
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June 14, 1994 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Every Saturday is market day for Thanh Tran. The term loses some of its meaning when translated from Vietnamese, because the 65-year-old Anaheim woman does more than merely shop for groceries on this designated day. Her routine starts at a food stand for an early morning breakfast of sweet, sticky rice and jasmine tea.
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April 24, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
On a ragged dock in the Mississippi Delta, 50-year-old Rick Cao darns the nets of the Miss My Phuong, using both hands and a big toe to sort through a bird's nest of nylon. Soon, he'll shove off again to mine the Gulf of Mexico for shrimp, and he might go weeks without hearing a word of English on his marine radio. The Vietnamese, he explains, "are taking over the gulf." At an office park outside San Jose, 42-year-old Thinh Nguyen folds himself into his Acura after another 15-hour day.
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October 16, 2007 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Speaking in the heart of the nation's largest Vietnamese American community, the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Vietnam warmed up the crowd by saying that he would push for human rights as he took a critical look at Vietnam's Communist regime. But, he warned, substantial changes in the country would not happen overnight.
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October 2, 2007 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of people had been waiting in line for nearly an hour by the time Orange County's new satellite office opened its doors at 9 a.m. Monday in Little Saigon. Most were Vietnamese residents with questions about applying for low-income housing. Some came by bus, towing young children and suitcases filled with documents and bills. They were participating in an experiment: the county's first multi-service office outside the Santa Ana Civic Center.
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April 4, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Every time Dan Nguyen and his wife, Bich Vu, visit their children in Orange County, they stop by the Vietnam War Memorial. "If you were a victim of the communists, you will visit here," said Vu, a 70-year-old San Jose resident. "You will know how meaningful this is." The memorial, which depicts a U.S. soldier and a South Vietnamese soldier standing together, has become a symbol to the Vietnamese community. Visitors to the area around Little Saigon often make a point of visiting the monument.
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November 4, 2004 | Mai Tran and Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writers
A sense of arrival rippled along the avenues of Little Saigon on Wednesday as newly elected Republican Assemblyman Van Tran placed a bouquet of pink carnations at the foot of the Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster. He lighted incense and placed it inside an urn with a statue of an American and a South Vietnamese soldier -- a symbol of lasting friendship between the countries -- rearing up behind him. "I'm a product of the Vietnam War," said Tran, 40.
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May 24, 2004 | MAI TRAN, Times Staff Writer
It's been called the worst-smelling food in the world, so vile that some airlines refuse to let passengers stow the pungent fruit in the overhead cargo bins. But to aficionados of the durian -- a football-sized fruit that grows in Thailand, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries -- the sharp, biting odor is a small price to pay for the sweet, custard-like meat inside the spiky husks.
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July 29, 2003 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
A small, nonprofit group has proposed building a $10-million Vietnamese library and cultural center on three acres of city-owned land in Garden Grove, signaling the further expansion of Little Saigon, Orange County's rapidly growing Vietnamese American community. If approved, the project would plant a large and significant Vietnamese cultural anchor in Garden Grove, which in recent years has begun to rival adjacent Westminster as the heart of the nation's Vietnamese American community.
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April 3, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the second fatal shooting inside a cafe here in six days, one man was killed and another was injured when an off-duty security guard drew a handgun and fired four shots in self-defense as he was attacked with a tire iron, police said. The 23-year-old security guard surrendered to police shortly after the 3 a.m. shooting in Little Saigon, which occurred at the Pho Tien Canh Restaurant at 9631 Bolsa Avenue.
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August 5, 1997 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Along a two-mile stretch in Westminster, on what was once a decaying strip of auto-wrecking and salvage yards, some 2,000 businesses cater to the largest Vietnamese exile community in the world. About half of them pay their rent to one man: Frank Jao. Short, erudite and with an eagle's eyes and claws for business, Jao, 48, is the principal developer behind Orange County's Little Saigon.
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July 18, 2003 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Police and federal agents say they have broken up a Little Saigon-based identity-theft ring that was among the largest in Orange County, with more than 40 associates who fanned out across 12 states and pumped more than $2 million from the bank accounts of hundreds of victims.
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October 1, 2001 | SEEMA MEHTA and DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For young Vietnamese Americans, Nguyen Van Thieu is a figure from their history books. For older generations, the longtime Vietnamese leader's name brings up a mix of emotions, many of them painful. Thieu, wartime president of South Vietnam for a decade until just before the fall of Saigon in 1975, died Saturday. He was 78. "Only history can tell whether he has any credit," said Lan Nguyen, a Garden Grove planning commissioner and attorney. In Orange County, home to the largest U.S.
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