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September 9, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
This became Andrea Nguyen's summer of discontent. For the past three weeks, Nguyen, often in T-shirt and a baseball cap, has joined protests against the impending visit to Vietnam by a group of Orange County business people. The 50-year-old electronics technician has picketed the Bolsa Avenue office of Co Pham, president of the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce.
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August 20, 2001 | EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 2,500 angry demonstrators rallied outside a Vietnamese pop music concert Sunday at the Sun Theatre in Anaheim. The concert and protest underscored a widening cultural divide between some older refugees and younger Vietnamese Americans. Protest organizers and others said the concert was no more than propaganda for the current communist government.
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July 28, 1995 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly one in five Vietnamese Americans in Orange County have traveled to Vietnam since the country opened its doors to visitors almost 10 years ago, an indication of the bonds many have with the homeland they fled, according to a Cal State Fullerton survey released Thursday.
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February 2, 2001 | VIVIAN LETRAN
The largest exhibition of contemporary art by Vietnamese Americans living and working in Orange County will open Monday at the Old Courthouse Museum in Santa Ana. "Sang Tao: Beyond Creation--25 Years in America" will feature two dozen original works by 11 artists. The pieces range from lacquer to oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture and mixed media. "Sang Tao" is also the museum's first showing of original works by contemporary Orange County artists.
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May 23, 1995 | THAO HUA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hundreds of placard-toting Vietnamese Americans from Orange County marched at the British Consulate General's office here Monday, demanding humane treatment for Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong following a weekend clash. On Friday, a 13-hour struggle broke out when 1,500 refugees from the Whitehead Detention Center were transferred to High Island, apparently in preparation for their repatriation, said Angus Mackay, spokesman for the British Consulate General.
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September 3, 1998 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Little Saigon community members Wednesday rallied around the recent release of five Vietnamese political dissidents, including a former Orange County resident and another who was imprisoned in Vietnam for publishing a pro-democracy newsletter. "This is a major event for the Vietnamese and Vietnamese American people," said Cong Minh Tran of Tustin and co-founder of the Human Rights Coalition Network, which focuses on human rights issues in Vietnam.
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March 15, 1995 | ZAN DUBIN, Times Staff Writer
Month after month, the terror returned whenever Ann Phong looked at the ocean. During four unspeakable days at sea, death felt as close as the waves that ceaselessly licked the sides of the boat. Painting, however, has helped Phong confront the memories of her flight from Vietnam a dozen years ago. By giving form and color to her fear and pain with roiling, vivid tableaux, she has found release. "The more I hide it," she says, "the more it hurts me."
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August 19, 1994 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A trade delegation sponsored by Orange County's Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce will travel to Vietnam in September for an unprecedented meeting with President Le Duc Anh and other top government officials, the chamber announced Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1999 | HARRISON SHEPPARD and DAVID HALDANE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Life was just returning to normal in Little Saigon, and now a series of new conflicts is looming that threatens to further divide the Vietnamese community and put it at odds with other residents of Westminster as well. While some say the friction creates the opportunity for a new dialogue and understanding between Vietnamese and the larger community, others fear a confrontation Friday, when thousands are expected to flood the city for events commemorating the fall of Saigon.
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April 19, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the beginning, there was the criticism. Irate Vietnamese last summer called the Social Assistance Program for Vietnam naive in trying to collect humanitarian aid for the Southeast Asian country. Easing poverty in the Communist land would just help the government stay in power, they said in numerous phone calls to the nonprofit group. The harshest blow came in September in an editorial in Tieng Chuong (Sound of a Bell), a Vietnamese-language weekly newspaper in Westminster.
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December 24, 2000 | RAY F. HERNDON and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A political shift is underway in Orange County's large and traditionally conservative Vietnamese American community, where the GOP's longtime dominance is being eroded by a rise in Democratic voter registration. For the first time, the Democratic Party this election year registered more new voters than the Republicans. The GOP, which once enjoyed a 4-1 registration margin over Democrats in Little Saigon, has seen its lead steadily shrink over the last eight years.
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November 23, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The often fractious Vietnamese American community in Little Saigon is rallying around the cause of an activist arrested last week after dropping 50,000 anti-Communist leaflets in Ho Chi Minh City on the eve of President Clinton's visit there. Tong Ly, 50, of New Orleans has been held in a Thailand jail since returning from his Nov. 16 flight.
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September 30, 2000 | WILLIAM LOBDELL
Ai Tasedan has attended services at St. Mark Presbyterian Church faithfully for the past 25 years. She got married there. She goes on church-sponsored mission trips and volunteers wherever needed. Did we mention Tasedan is a Buddhist? It's an ecumenical twist that doesn't bother the liberal Newport Beach congregation very much, if at all. St.
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July 8, 2000 | DANIEL YI and RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Marking a milestone that reflects the area's growing diversity, Gov. Gray Davis on Friday appointed the first Vietnamese American to the Orange County Superior Court. "I look forward to serving the people of Orange County," said Nho Trong Nguyen, 61, a former pro-democracy leader in South Vietnam and war refugee who earned his law degree at night while holding other jobs. "Public service was always my highest calling.
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May 1, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ceremony was meant to honor Vietnam War veterans from two countries, as well as the South Vietnamese refugee families who first arrived at Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon. It was intended as a simple, yet long overdue salute, and, organizers say, it was the only one of its kind in the nation. And for some who attended the "From War to Hope" service at the Marine base Sunday, it was all they wanted.
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May 1, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The ceremony was meant to honor both Vietnam veterans and the South Vietnamese refugee families who first arrived at Camp Pendleton after the fall of Saigon and the end of the war. It was intended as a simple, yet long overdue salute, and it was the only one of its kind in the nation. And for some who attended the "From War to Hope" service at the Marine base Sunday, it was all they wanted.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 7, 1994 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six prominent Vietnamese Americans from Orange and Los Angeles counties were given lifetime achievement awards here Sunday for creative work they began at least two decades ago in Vietnam and pursue today in their adopted homeland. A writer, journalist, sculptor, actress and two musicians received the awards from the Committee of Vietnamese Overseas Artists, a nonprofit group headquartered in Little Saigon. Organizers hope the awards will become an annual event.
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February 22, 1993 | DEAN TAKAHASHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The two men were strangers in Vietnam. By coincidence, Nguyen Viet and Ho Thanh Viet escaped from Saigon on the day it fell, April 30, 1975. Along with thousands of other South Vietnamese, they fled the Communist takeover aboard U.S. Navy ships. Both men eventually made their way to the United States, where they sought to carve out a new existence in an unfamiliar land by learning to program computers.
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December 13, 1999 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A walkathon to benefit flood victims in Vietnam raised almost $100,000 Sunday from 3,000 Vietnamese Americans who marched in support of family members and others whose lives have been devastated by the country's worst flooding in almost 50 years. The daylong event, held under blue skies at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, was one of three fund-raisers organized Sunday by the Vietnamese expatriate community in the United States. Walks also were held in San Jose and Houston.
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October 18, 1999 | ANA CHOLO-TIPTON and KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After two months and the distribution of 18,000 voter registration kits, a drive to increase the political power of the Southern California's Vietnamese American community ended Sunday with a final push to register voters during a free concert celebration at UC Irvine's Bren Events Center.
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