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February 28, 2010 | By Jack Peters
Feb. 28, 2010 Position No. 6096 : Black to play and win. From the game Elena Sedina-Michael Hoffman, Gibraltar 2010. Solution to Position No. 6095: Black wins neatly with 1 . . . Nf2+ 2 Kh2 Ng4+! 3 hxg4 Qh6+ 4 Kg3 Re3 mate. Or, if 3 Kh1, then 3 . . . Qxg1+ 4 Kxg1 Re1 mate. The Aeroflot Open, arguably the strongest open tournament ever, ended Feb. 19 in Moscow. The field of 80 included 75 grandmasters. The surprising winner of 21,000 Euros (about $28,000) for first place was 18-year-old Le Quang Liem of Vietnam, who scored an undefeated 7-2. His success followed his tie for first place in the Moscow Open, another GM-heavy tournament, a day before the start of the Aeroflot Open.
April 21, 2014 | By Anh Do
Along with its manicured greenbelts and meticulously neat neighborhoods, Irvine suddenly has something else on its hands: an international incident. Members of its vast Chinese American community are fighting a city decision to bow to the demands of Vietnamese Americans, who arrived by the hundreds this month to demand that Irvine abandon its plans to formalize a relationship with a tourist town in coastal Vietnam. A parade of speakers spent hours pleading with council members to reject the proposal, saying it would be insulting for the city to forge a "friendship" with a country they'd fled to escape a brutal communist regime.
November 13, 1988
In his review of Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" Peter Arnett wrote that "58,000 Americans and hundreds of Vietnamese died in an attempt to achieve political and military ends that history is showing were always probably unattainable." Hundreds of Vietnamese? Someone didn't edit his work. The number of Vietnamese dead was closer to 1 million. MICHAEL BARBA PICO RIVERA Editor's note: According to sources at The Times, there is no agreed upon estimated number of Vietnamese deaths; statistics vary from 250,000 to 430,000 killed between 1965 and 1974.
April 9, 2014 | By Anh Do
When a city councilman in Irvine dreamed up the idea of forming a relationship with a coastal town in Vietnam, the leaders of this increasingly multicultural community got a quick, decisive lesson in foreign relations. Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans, many with wrenching stories of fleeing their homeland as communist forces took over the country, arrived by the busload at City Hall to tell city leaders they felt insulted and betrayed. By the time Tuesday's council meeting ended six hours later, city officials not only had dropped plans for a "friendship" pact with Nha Trang, they also had voted 3 to 2 to suspend Irvine's entire Friendship Cities Program.
May 7, 2000
Re "One Vietnam Vet Who's Glad He Went," April 27: It gives me a good feeling to read Jerry Hicks' column about his good experience in Vietnam. He made friends there instead of the usual bad experience involving killings. Unfortunately, the Vietnamese don't have this experience. Because of the presence of Americans, more bombs were dropped onto their land than in World War II and more than 1 million of their dear ones are dead or missing. U.S. Sen. John McCain finds "closure" of his Vietnam experience.
July 5, 1986 | Associated Press
Vietnam accused Chinese forces Friday of firing 15,000 artillery rounds into Ha Tuyen border province and of staging 11 commando probes into its territory last month. The Vietnam News Agency said shells hit Thanh Thuy village and other populated areas. It said the Chinese shelled a school in the province, killing two students and wounding five students and a teacher. The agency said local armed forces captured "many intruders, shot afire a military truck and an ammunition depot."
February 16, 2004 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A group of angry protesters held a rally in Garden Grove on Sunday to denounce the former premier of South Vietnam for returning on a mission of peace to the Communist country he fled nearly 30 years ago. "Nguyen Cao Ky is no longer in our hearts," Chanh Huu Nguyen, general secretary of the Government of Free Vietnam and a protest organizer, said of Ky's trip to Southeast Asia, where he has been feted by government officials for the last three weeks.
October 24, 1993
Your article "Newspaper Office Hit by Arson Fire" (Sept. 28) about the arson fire at our office is well written and fair, but I must take exception to the remarks made by Westminster Councilman Frank Fry Jr. He is quoted as saying "there is a big split down there in Little Saigon over whether (the United States) should recognize Communist Vietnam or not. But I wouldn't be too concerned about it. If it had been the doctor's building, that would be different." This is not the first time he insulted the Vietnamese community by saying something stupid.
June 20, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
The last time Daniel Dien Luong saw his father was through the fence of a former army barracks in southern Vietnam more than 30 years ago. His father was being held prisoner by the Communist government, which had arrested thousands of former military personnel to be "re-educated" after the Vietnam War. The 13-year-old rode his bike two hours to visit his father every Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. They waved at each other from afar as armed...
April 10, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
A few years ago, Faye Jonason received a call from a Vietnamese couple from Roseville, Calif., who asked if she had a photo of their wedding. The couple were married at one of the "tent cities" erected at Camp Pendleton that housed tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees after the war. Jonason, the Marine base's museum division officer, rummaged through her archives and found a black-and-white photo of a young, smiling bride in a white dress kneeling...
January 20, 2014 | By Anh Do
Down at Lily's Bakery, the talk among those hunched over their beignets and iced coffee is focused on the upcoming Lunar New Year parade. The much-anticipated Feb. 1 procession, filled with lion dancers and dignitaries waving from passing cars, winds through Little Saigon as firecrackers pop and the old flag of South Vietnam flutters. The pressing question now is if a rainbow flag will be added to the colorful mix. After firm resistance, organizers of the Tet parade, along with other groups called to a community assembly, relented, agreeing to let a troop of Vietnamese American LGBT activists march.
December 12, 2013 | By Anh Do
Despite the unrelenting objections of gay rights activists, city leaders in the heart of America's largest Vietnamese-American community voted unanimously to give a permit to organizers of a Lunar New Year parade who vowed to block gays from participating. Members of the Westminster City Council voiced sympathy to those barred from the colorful Tet parade, but said they had no choice but to grant the permit, since they had been advised by the city attorney that organizers of a private event have a free-speech right to determine its content.
November 2, 2013 | Elaine Woo
In 1969 Col. Robert Rheault landed a long-coveted assignment in Vietnam: commanding the Green Berets, the daring U.S. Special Forces group championed by President Kennedy and glorified by John Wayne . He had held the job for only three weeks, however, when a scandal broke - one that Time magazine would later call "second only to the My Lai killings. " Rheault (pronounced Roe) and five of his men were accused of murder and conspiracy in the death of a suspected South Vietnamese double agent.
October 24, 2013 | By Anh Do
The long-running Tet Festival, a celebrated tradition in America's largest Vietnamese American community, has been abruptly canceled in a dispute between organizers of the Lunar New Year event and city officials in Garden Grove. The three-day festival, which organizers claim is the largest event of its kind outside Vietnam, is an annual favorite in the Little Saigon community, a bustling ethnic enclave that sprawls over four cities in the center of Orange County. The event has traditionally been held at Garden Grove Park, which can accommodate the tens of thousands who attend the colorful celebration.
October 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana)
October 4, 2013 | By David Lamb, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Vo Nguyen Giap, the communist general widely regarded as one of the military geniuses of the 20th century, who masterminded the defeat of the French and the war against the Americans in Vietnam, has died. He was 102. Giap died Friday at a military hospital in Hanoi, the Associated Press reported, citing a government official. Though Ho Chi Minh was the symbol of Vietnam's fight for independence and reunification, it was Giap who carved out the victories. From Dien Bien Phu to Khe Sanh to the Tet offensive, his name became synonymous with the battles that defined a chapter of world history and emboldened liberation movements from Africa to Latin America.
April 23, 1989
After reading "Ex-CIA Chief Defends Role of Vietnamese in Little Saigon" (April 17), and not exactly being an admirer of William Colby, I resent Colby's reference to the attitude toward the Vietnamese mirroring the one toward Italian immigrants. There is no comparison between the Vietnamese and the Italians. Remember, an Italian discovered America--not a Vietnamese--and the Italian has a greater right to be in this country. What have the Vietnamese contributed to the United States?
November 23, 2003
Re "More Vietnamese Immigrants Reaching End of Welfare Benefits," Nov. 1: Like the Vietnamese described in this article, many of us here in America have ancestors who, a few generations ago, were struggling to make their way. They did not "reach the end of their benefits," because there weren't any. They worked hard, learned the language and persevered. Whatever "social segregation" that they may have experienced fell away as they became an integral part of the fabric of the country.
July 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
Until Communist captors locked his dad in a 9-by-9-foot jail cell, Khoa Nguyen did not fully appreciate the battle his father was fighting. As a boy, he remembered him talking about the struggles in his homeland, the basic human rights he believed his countrymen in Vietnam had been denied. His parent's activity with a pro-democracy group finally drew his father from the family's comfortable Garden Grove home to Vietnam, where he hoped to train residents to use nonviolent methods in lobbying for reforms.
June 18, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
In a conservative Orange County town, where the strawberry fields were still plentiful and the population solidly white, Danh's Pharmacy stood out when it opened its doors after the Vietnam War came to an end. Yet the business was just the beginning in a small Orange County city that would quickly balloon into a bustling immigrant community. When Danh N. Quach chose to set up shop in 1978 in Westminster, he knew just one Vietnamese doctor - the same man who agreed to co-sign a loan for him. PHOTOS: Little Saigon turns 25 Now, as Little Saigon celebrates its 25th anniversary - a date marked not by the arrival of refugees, but by the state erecting a freeway offramp sign - Quach's shop stands as a landmark in the largest Vietnamese cultural district outside the country itself.
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