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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999 | JASON LEOPOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A man yelling pro-communist Vietnam slogans threw a bottle through a car window in Little Saigon late Sunday, shattering a daylong peaceful demonstration and triggering a violent scuffle. About two dozen protesters attacked the man they believed was responsible, punching him in the face and kicking him as he ran across Bolsa Avenue to a strip mall where some protesters held him for police. The man, who was detained by officers, was not identified.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 150 Vietnamese American leaders, many from out of state, met in Orange County on Saturday to map out a plan to build on the momentum of recent anti-communist rallies in Little Saigon. Leaders of the demonstrations, which drew thousands, hoped to forge a national movement for human rights and religious freedom in communist Vietnam. "I want to see the flame passed on from community to community," said Tuan Anh Ho, a protest leader whose anti-communist group hosted the event in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some community leaders in Little Saigon are worried that unprecedented political unity created by two months of anti-Communist demonstrations could be squandered by protesters focusing on a new target: Westminster City Councilman Tony Lam. Communitywide demonstrations outside Truong Van Tran's video store over a Vietnamese flag and photo of late Communist leader Ho Chi Minh transformed the political landscape of the Vietnamese emigre community nationwide.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2000 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For nearly a decade, Dr. Co Pham has advocated reconciliation and free trade between the United States and Vietnam, engendering such fierce protests in Orange County's Little Saigon community that he hired armed guards to protect his medical clinic. Now, as the two nations edge closer to a sweeping trade accord nearly 25 years after the Vietnam War's end, the native of Hanoi has stepped up his controversial campaign.
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June 30, 1991 | DIANNE KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her mother sent her here, she says, fidgeting a little, breaking into a grin, not quite sure if happiness is called for or not. People around her are speaking in English, a language that she recognizes only for its incomprehensible sounds. When she speaks, her words are in Vietnamese. Thu-Ha Le has been in Little Saigon a week. She was born in Bien-hoa, on the outskirts of that other Saigon, the one that no longer officially exists. It was the Year of the Chicken, 22 years ago on Christmas Day.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1995 | JOHN POPE
The mile-long commercial strip known as Little Saigon has no recognizable landmark, a group of business leaders says, and that has hindered its development as a tourist attraction. To remedy that situation, the group is proposing an ornate, $4-million pedestrian bridge spanning Bolsa Avenue and has won preliminary City Council approval to form Westminster's first Mello Roos tax assessment district to help finance the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 | JOHN POPE
A decision on the controversial plan to build a pedestrian bridge in Little Saigon has been delayed, at least until next month. The City Council was scheduled to vote on the proposal Tuesday but decided to wait until the financing and the bridge's exterior design, the most controversial aspect of the plan, could be finalized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, My-Thuan Tran is a Times staff writer.
In Orange County's Little Saigon, Tuesday's election didn't go quite as planned: The winning streak of Vietnamese American candidates in recent county and municipal ballots was snapped. Voters in central Orange County failed to deliver Vietnamese American candidates to the city councils of Westminster and Garden Grove, and of the handful of Vietnamese American candidates to compete for public office in Orange County, only two incumbents won.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2007 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Ten more suspects have been snared in an ongoing federal investigation into a scam involving Asians willing to pay thousands of dollars to immigrate to this country by entering into phony marriages with U.S. citizens from Vietnamese and Chinese communities in Southern California.
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