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July 18, 1997
A citizens group that has organized annual Tet festival celebrations in Little Saigon for 17 years has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $1 million in damages after a similar claim was denied by the city. Members of the Little Saigon Tet Festival Committee, seeking redress for alleged discrimination and other damages, contend that Mayor Frank Fry Jr. abused his position when he canceled a three-day festival planned for February without a public meeting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | VIVIAN LeTRAN
Vietnamese New Year, or Tet, celebrations kick off this weekend in Westminster with a string of events to ring in the Year of the Snake. Firecrackers, dragon dances and giveaways for children will be part of the festivities. There will be carnival rides, games and more than 50 booths, some serving traditional Vietnamese food. A Vietnamese Village will feature arts and crafts demonstrations and activities. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2003 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
Janice Gibbons is a financial analyst, but Saturday she was a Vietnamese-food vendor in Garden Grove, hawking sweet corn and barbecued pork on a stick. "The rest of the year I don't really get to be Vietnamese," said Gibbons, 28, who uses her maiden name, Cao, when she plunges back into the Vietnamese community. She emigrated from Vietnam almost 20 years ago, and now lives in San Jose. "This is a chance to connect with my people," she said, "to be around my people."
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February 5, 1994 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vietnamese quaffed Pepsi-Cola legally for the first time in 19 years on Friday as the country celebrated President Clinton's decision to lift America's trade embargo against its old Communist foe. The government in Hanoi issued a restrained statement saluting Clinton's move and offering to exchange liaison offices as a first step toward normalizing diplomatic relations. "This is a positive and significant decision, which contributes to opening a new page in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1988 | DIANNE KLEIN, Times Staff Writer
To Americans, the name may conjure up savage images of war. Twenty years ago, the Viet Cong's Tet offensive marked the beginning of the end for U.S. forces in Vietnam. But Tet, or the Vietnamese lunar New Year, is that southeast Asian nation's most important holiday, a blend of firecracker revelry and religious reverence that can last for weeks. And as was obvious Saturday at the Tet Festival in Santa Ana's Centennial Regional Park, it is a holiday that lives in the soul of the Vietnamese.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1992 | THUAN LE
It's time again for the county's Vietnamese residents to pass out red money envelopes, decorate their homes with Chrysanthemums and dress in their best clothes--Tet season is here. The lunar calendar's Year of the Monkey starts Tuesday and the Vietnamese community is celebrating with various events, including two festivals taking place this weekend at Golden West College in Huntington Beach and next weekend in Westminster's Little Saigon.
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February 2, 1989 | JOHN NEEDHAM, Times Staff Writer
Years ago and an ocean away, it was a time of both exploding fireworks and holidays that appeared to stretch on forever, a calming hiatus marked by days of carefully observed rituals. Foods seen just once a year appeared on the table. Relatives gathered. The war that seemingly never ended at least gave the illusion of being suspended for a time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1985 | DAVID HOLLEY, Times Staff Writer
The pageantry, entertainment and cuisine of a traditional Tet festival drew thousands of Vietnamese refugees to a Santa Ana park Saturday in a nostalgic cultural celebration marking the beginning of the Asian lunar calendar's Year of the Buffalo. Blue-robed celebrants chanted prayers to Vietnamese ancestors in an opening procession that concluded with smoke from a burning prayer scroll billowing heavenward past flags of the United States and South Vietnam.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 1991 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 24-foot-high painting stood against a palm tree in the back of Garden Grove Park on Saturday. It showed a boy and a girl in traditional Vietnamese dress, ready to serve as a backdrop for the stage entertainment to come. Beneath it, Nancy Nguyen, 2, and her 1-year-old brother, Tony, stood playing with a red cellophane lantern shaped like a butterfly. Both looked as if they had modeled for the giant painting, she in a red traditional dress and he in blue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dieu T. Nguyen toured her garage, peering into stacked boxes to make sure she was well-stocked in Vietnamese staples such as rice, water, noodles, oil, spices and sauces. She couldn't afford to start the lunar new year lacking anything. "Everything has to be plentiful. We cannot have anything missing," said Nguyen, 63, of Reseda. "Water and rice are especially important because they represent the blood of our life. We need these two ingredients to live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | VIVIAN LeTRAN
Vietnamese New Year, or Tet, celebrations kick off this weekend in Westminster with a string of events to ring in the Year of the Snake. Firecrackers, dragon dances and giveaways for children will be part of the festivities. There will be carnival rides, games and more than 50 booths, some serving traditional Vietnamese food. A Vietnamese Village will feature arts and crafts demonstrations and activities. The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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June 10, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vietnamese celebrities will appear in a new statewide advertising campaign that seeks to tarnish the glamorous image cigarette smoking has in the Vietnamese American community, where smoking rates are especially high. Health educators announced the campaign Wednesday in Orange County, home to the nation's largest population of Vietnamese Americans. It will be funded by state tobacco tax revenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since Tuteyanh Nguyen immigrated to Chatsworth from Vietnam in 1992, she has balanced her partially American upbringing with her desire to maintain a cultural connection to her homeland. To strengthen that link, she will be one of 15 girls of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Council of St. Joseph the Worker parish performing traditional Vietnamese dances at the church this afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1998 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Legend has it that Vietnam's founding fathers, the mystical children of a dragon and a fairy, established the nation by the sea nearly 50 centuries ago. Thousands of years later, halfway across the world, their descendants gathered in modern-day America on Sunday in memory of their first leader, King Hung Vuong, whose dynasty lasted for 3,000 years, as well as in celebration of national pride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1997
A citizens group that has organized annual Tet festival celebrations in Little Saigon for 17 years has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking $1 million in damages after a similar claim was denied by the city. Members of the Little Saigon Tet Festival Committee, seeking redress for alleged discrimination and other damages, contend that Mayor Frank Fry Jr. abused his position when he canceled a three-day festival planned for February without a public meeting.
NEWS
June 10, 1999 | TINI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vietnamese celebrities will appear in a new statewide advertising campaign that seeks to tarnish the glamorous image cigarette smoking has in the Vietnamese American community, where smoking rates are especially high. Health educators announced the campaign Wednesday in Orange County, home to the nation's largest population of Vietnamese Americans. It will be funded by state tobacco tax revenue.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | BRETT JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ever since Tuteyanh Nguyen immigrated to Chatsworth from Vietnam in 1992, she has balanced her partially American upbringing with her desire to maintain a cultural connection to her homeland. To strengthen that link, she will be one of 15 girls of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Council of St. Joseph the Worker parish performing traditional Vietnamese dances at the church this afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1996 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Worried that the Tet Festival in Little Saigon may effectively shut down their businesses, a group of merchants plans to petition the city today to move the annual celebration of the lunar new year to another location. More than a dozen proprietors, whose shops and offices line Bolsa Avenue where the Tet Festival is scheduled for Feb. 23-25, are concerned that the planned street closure and lack of parking may keep away their customers.
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