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July 17, 1989 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
The sign in front of the nondescript commercial building on Harbor Boulevard in central Anaheim identifies it as the site of the Catholic Charities of Orange County Refugee Job Program. Inside, several dozen clients, predominantly Vietnamese men in their early 20s, labor intently in a language class, polishing their English skills so they will stand a better chance of getting hired when they start applying for jobs.
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January 26, 1997 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After helping refugees and immigrants resettle in Southern California for 21 years, St. Anselm's Cross Cultural Community Center now finds itself at a crossroads. The number of refugees, most of them brought here by the Vietnam War, has steadily declined in past years. At the same time, the needs of St.
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January 13, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan's decision to increase quotas for Soviet emigres by cutting those for Southeast Asians has left many in Orange County's Vietnamese community feeling shocked, disappointed and abandoned. "As Vietnamese, we have strongly supported President Reagan because of his stand against communism. But his decision was a political one and this issue is a human one," said Ky Ngo, who came to the United States in 1975 and whose greatest concern has been the family he left in Vietnam.
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June 26, 1996 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These days, Mai Ngoc Vuong and thousands of other Vietnamese Americans are besieged by a sense of helplessness. Her younger brother, Vuong Kim Lan, is among 31,000 Vietnamese "boat people" who since 1988 have been living in refugee camps in Southeast Asia, seeking political asylum and resettlement in other countries. Their hope--boundless years ago when they set out to sea on flimsy boats to escape the Communist regime of Vietnam--is about to run dry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991 | THUAN LE
The city has declared a single-car garage off limits to a Vietnamese refugee group that has used the structure as a headquarters for newly arrived political prisoners from Southeast Asia. Santa Ana officials "called (Sept. 26) and said we have two more months, then we must move the office," said Hau Nguyen, chairman of the Viet Nam Political Detainees Mutual Assn. The group sponsors former detainees and their families and resettles them in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Infant-care clinics and programs dealing with refugee health and follow-up care for venereal disease, threatened with cuts, have won a reprieve. County officials said Friday that they have found the money to run them after all. County administrative officers now say they have the $700,000 that these programs require. And they are asking the Board of Supervisors to cancel a special Sept. 17 hearing that would have led to them being cut. Budget director Ronald S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
Lai Quach is job hunting and hitting obstacles even greater than the sputtering economy. Quach is 60 and is struggling with English. After spending six years in a Vietnamese prison--and another 11 years under close scrutiny because he worked with Americans while an administrator for the South Vietnamese government during the war--he came to the United States last year, but has yet to hold a permanent job.
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January 30, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The good news is that Orange County gets $65 million to speed construction of the massive Santa Ana River flood-control project, $10 million to build a new border checkpoint near San Clemente and nearly $7 million for major projects at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The bad news is that the county gets no additional money to help with the flood tide of immigrants and refugees who have arrived in recent years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1992 | THUAN LE
Jonathan Lee at 29 is a product of four countries. Born in Vietnam of a Chinese father and a Cambodian mother, he began his adulthood in the United States. He is fluent in Vietnamese, Khmer and English, but not Chinese. His multicultural background, and his escape from Vietnam on foot through jungles, prepared Lee for his career today as a social worker for refugees. "I was one of them, and they need somebody like me to help them," said Lee, a job specialist at the Cambodian Family Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1990 | LILY ENG
Mothers never forget. They remember their child's first walk and their first words. They tuck away these memories and never let them go. I met Rann Luk, the mother of five children, about a month ago for a story on Cambodian women. She will never let the memories of her child die. My story focused on Luk and nine other Cambodian mothers. They meet each Thursday to cope with the memories of losing their families during their country's fierce civil war.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1992 | THUAN LE
Jonathan Lee at 29 is a product of four countries. Born in Vietnam of a Chinese father and a Cambodian mother, he began his adulthood in the United States. He is fluent in Vietnamese, Khmer and English, but not Chinese. His multicultural background, and his escape from Vietnam on foot through jungles, prepared Lee for his career today as a social worker for refugees. "I was one of them, and they need somebody like me to help them," said Lee, a job specialist at the Cambodian Family Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1991 | TOM McQUEENEY
Lai Quach is job hunting and hitting obstacles even greater than the sputtering economy. Quach is 60 and is struggling with English. After spending six years in a Vietnamese prison--and another 11 years under close scrutiny because he worked with Americans while an administrator for the South Vietnamese government during the war--he came to the United States last year, but has yet to hold a permanent job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1991 | THUAN LE
The city has declared a single-car garage off limits to a Vietnamese refugee group that has used the structure as a headquarters for newly arrived political prisoners from Southeast Asia. Santa Ana officials "called (Sept. 26) and said we have two more months, then we must move the office," said Hau Nguyen, chairman of the Viet Nam Political Detainees Mutual Assn. The group sponsors former detainees and their families and resettles them in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Infant-care clinics and programs dealing with refugee health and follow-up care for venereal disease, threatened with cuts, have won a reprieve. County officials said Friday that they have found the money to run them after all. County administrative officers now say they have the $700,000 that these programs require. And they are asking the Board of Supervisors to cancel a special Sept. 17 hearing that would have led to them being cut. Budget director Ronald S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nampet Panichpant-M tells the story of an elderly Hmong woman so despondent over her failing health that she was ready to commit suicide in the tradition of her people, "by eating poison leaves." A worker in Panichpant-M's International Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Program spoke with the woman in her native tongue and helped her get medical and psychiatric care. In another case, a baby had turned blue from serious breathing problems and a doctor wanted to surgically insert a breathing tube.
NEWS
November 25, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the squalor of Orange County's poorest neighborhoods, an ancient and endangered people is battling cultural extinction. They are Indochinese Muslims who call themselves the Cham. For more than 1,000 years, they ruled the kingdom of Champa in what is now southern Vietnam. Overrun by the Vietnamese, many fled to Cambodia, where they clung to their distinctive language, culture and faith.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1997 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After helping refugees and immigrants resettle in Southern California for 21 years, St. Anselm's Cross Cultural Community Center now finds itself at a crossroads. The number of refugees, most of them brought here by the Vietnam War, has steadily declined in past years. At the same time, the needs of St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1991 | LANIE JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nampet Panichpant-M tells the story of an elderly Hmong woman so despondent over her failing health that she was ready to commit suicide in the tradition of her people, "by eating poison leaves." A worker in Panichpant-M's International Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Program spoke with the woman in her native tongue and helped her get medical and psychiatric care. In another case, a baby had turned blue from serious breathing problems and a doctor wanted to surgically insert a breathing tube.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1990 | LILY ENG
Mothers never forget. They remember their child's first walk and their first words. They tuck away these memories and never let them go. I met Rann Luk, the mother of five children, about a month ago for a story on Cambodian women. She will never let the memories of her child die. My story focused on Luk and nine other Cambodian mothers. They meet each Thursday to cope with the memories of losing their families during their country's fierce civil war.
NEWS
January 30, 1990 | ROBERT W. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The good news is that Orange County gets $65 million to speed construction of the massive Santa Ana River flood-control project, $10 million to build a new border checkpoint near San Clemente and nearly $7 million for major projects at the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. The bad news is that the county gets no additional money to help with the flood tide of immigrants and refugees who have arrived in recent years.
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