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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was a passionate plea for a noble cause. And so the money--small change and large checks--flowed in. Altogether, more than $250,000 poured into the paper-box coffers of the Committee for Just Cause for a Free Vietnam during anti-communist protests in Little Saigon earlier this year. Members of Orange County's Vietnamese emigre community, enraged by a shopkeeper's display of communist icons, gave freely.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1993 | MARK I. PINSKY
More than 200 Vietnamese-Americans gathered in Little Saigon on Sunday to denounce a private group's plan for normalizing relations with Hanoi, charging the proposal allows the Communist government to maintain a "monopoly" of power. "This is a sellout for our people," said Dr. Huu Dinh Vo, national co-chairman of the Vietnamese-American Community, USA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 1995 | ZAN DUBIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the county's art establishment, reaching out to Vietnamese Americans is not as simple as just mailing slick season ticket brochures to Little Saigon. Building a relationship with the growing and increasingly influential community is a sometimes tentative process of mutual exploration. For some mainstream arts groups, that process has yet to germinate; for others, especially the Pacific Symphony, a relationship is starting to bloom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
A Vietnamese American organization will hold simultaneous walks in three cities Nov. 19 to raise awareness about the plight of Vietnamese boat people still languishing in refugee camps in Southeast Asia. In addition, the 10-kilometer walkathons in San Jose, Houston and Fountain Valley will raise money for the refugees, according to Van T. Tran, spokesman for LAVAS, Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1998 | LORENZA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 5,000 Vietnamese Americans came together Sunday to show their support for victims of a recent typhoon that ravaged their former homeland. The walkathon in Mile Square Regional Park was to benefit victims of Typhoon Linda, which ravaged the coast of southern Vietnam in November, leaving 3,700 dead and tens of thousands homeless. The marchers, most of them young Vietnamese Americans who are active in community groups and churches, raised nearly $50,000, organizers said.
NEWS
June 18, 1988 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian, courting Orange County's growing Asian community, toured the Vietnamese business district in Westminster on Friday and unveiled a freeway sign officially designating the area "Little Saigon." "Each year, Little Saigon attracts thousands of tourists, shoppers and business people," Deukmejian said. "The dedication of this new freeway sign is further recognition of the importance of Little Saigon as a major cultural, social and commercial center of Southern California."
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