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August 1, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
Statewide, the work of the Citizens Redistricting Commission has sent politicians into a flurry. Some find themselves in the same district as a colleague and many others face the difficult prospect of running in unfamiliar turf. But this isn't the case in central Orange County. According to congressional district maps released Friday, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez can rest relatively easy. Her new district encompasses most of Santa Ana, parts of Garden Grove, Anaheim, Westminster and Fullerton.
July 24, 2011 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
It was an about-face that outraged a generation displaced by war. Nguyen Cao Ky, the former South Vietnam leader known for ruthlessly defending democracy, was suddenly, at 73, rubbing shoulders with communist officials - something that seemed unthinkable to those who had fled the country during the painful days after the Vietnam War. Vietnamese Americans who had rallied around him felt betrayed, and Ky's once-revered stature in the small...
April 30, 2011 | By Nate Jackson, Los Angeles Times
In 1981, the shooting of 27-year-old Vietnamese American journalist Lam Duong, who was killed in broad daylight, steps away from his apartment, stunned the politically minded enclave of Vietnamese refugees in San Francisco's Tenderloin district. Thirty years later, Duong's story inspired a Bay Area youth organizer to launch a career as a filmmaker. "In a lot of the initial reporting, I didn't get a full picture of who [Duong] was," said Tony Nguyen, director of the documentary "Enforcing the Silence," which premieres at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Saturday, the 36th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. "For me, that's part of the 'silence' the title of the movie refers to. " The film uses Duong's life and death to addresses the clash between free speech and accepted socio-political beliefs held within the Vietnamese refugee community.
November 6, 2010 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
First Vietnamese American Bank in Orange County was shut down by regulators Friday night, five years after opening as the first U.S. bank with a core clientele of Vietnamese immigrants. The seizure in the Little Saigon neighborhood of Westminster brought the number of failed banks nationwide this year to 143, surpassing the 140 recorded last year and marking the most since the recession year of 1992, when the savings and loan debacle was winding down. The 2010 total includes three other banks that went under Friday: Western Commercial Bank, a small-business lender in Woodland Hills, and community banks in Tacoma, Wash.
September 25, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez found herself in hot water this week after she said in a Spanish-language interview that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take control of her seat. Sanchez, who is up for reelection, was put on the defensive after her main opponent, Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), a Vietnamese American, jumped on the issue and called her statements "offensive" and "divisive. " The tiff highlights the political dichotomy of central Orange County, where two big voting blocs are Latinos and Vietnamese.
July 11, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Dancers spin across a stage in flowing silk tunics under a bridge evoking Vietnam's imperial city. Quang Le, a popular young Vietnamese singer, serenades the audience with a song about falling in love. Suddenly, there's an explosion and the bridge collapses. A crying baby is heard as the dancers fall to the floor. Quang Le slowly rises, tears streaming down his face as he sings a new song, this one about the loss of innocence. The camera cuts to a montage of teary-eyed Vietnamese in the 3,000-member audience.
April 23, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
A feud between an Orange County supervisor and a Vietnamese community group over which should organize an event commemorating the fall of Saigon was settled this week when the Westminster City Council decided to let each hold their own ceremony Supervisor Janet Nguyen will be permitted to stage an event at Westminster's Freedom Park from morning to afternoon. The Vietnamese American Community of Southern California will get the park during evening hours. Members of the Vietnamese American Community of Southern California cheered after council members voted in a special hearing Wednesday to modify the supervisor's permit.
February 14, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
Customers crowded into the Tan Hoang Huong bakery in Santa Ana several days before the lunar new year. Gifts of candies and dried fruit wrapped in red cellophane lined the walls. And the sweet fragrance of banh chung , rice cakes wrapped in banana leaves and stuffed with mung beans and pork belly, filled the air. Ailinh Nguyen had already picked up nine banh chung that she planned to give to her parents and friends, but realized she wanted one more for herself in time for Tet, the Vietnamese lunar new year.
September 8, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
In a dimly lighted warehouse at the end of an alleyway in Orange County's Little Saigon, five reporters sat side by side on mismatched chairs, talking on telephones and typing away on their keyboards. There was no air conditioning, and two large fans provided little relief from the muggy air. This was the temporary home of Viet Herald Daily News, the newest paper to hit the stands in this ethnic enclave. At a time when most U.S. newspapers are struggling to survive, Vietnamese-language news media here are flourishing.
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