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February 2, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Dallas Jamison / Los Angeles Times; Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
The most recent population information on Orange County's Vietnamese community, the 1980 Census, shows the Vietnamese concentrated in the cities of Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Westminster. They account for slightly more than 2% of the total population in those three cities and 1% of the total county population.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A grandmother calls to her grandson, hushing him as she pins a flower on his surf shirt. Parents guide their children to an altar perfumed with incense and kneel together to pray. They all turn to see a procession, heralded by gongs and graced by monks trailed by worshipers balancing offerings on their heads. Westerners celebrate Mother's Day. On Sunday, Buddhists came together at Hue Quang pagoda in Santa Ana, ushering in Le Vu Lan , honoring mothers and wearing a pink or red rose if their own mom was still alive and a white rose if she had died.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The growing friction between Vietnamese LGBT groups hoping to march in Sunday's Tet parade and resistant organizers of the Lunar New Year event has exposed a deeper cultural struggle over gay rights in Orange County's sprawling immigrant community. For three years, LGBT activists have participated in the colorful gathering in Little Saigon, but this year - with the event shifting from city sponsorship to private hands - they have been rebuffed and quietly told to make a "sacrifice" and stay away, members said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
If there's a place in this immigrant hub where all lives intersect, it's the Little Saigon post office. The regulars, grandmothers and mothers who write letters to loved ones week after week greet one another as if at a reunion. The folks who don't earn enough to even have bank accounts wait next to patrons carrying $2,000 purses. Elders are allowed to go to the head of the line out of respect for their age. And single guys check P.O. boxes as regularly as soccer scores, because they don't get mail at their boardinghouses.
OPINION
May 1, 2004
Re "Welcome to Our Cities, Unless You're Communist," April 28: Shame on Garden Grove City Council member Van Tran, Westminster City Councilman Andy Quach and the rest of the rabidly anti-communist Vietnamese community. As with the 1999 incident involving Truong Van Tran [who touched off protests in Westminster by hanging the Communist Vietnam flag in his shop], the Vietnamese exiles have shown that they believe in freedom of speech only when it dovetails with their own. On issues that truly affect the local community like, say, the Westminster School District's potential loss of state funds, where were Quach and the Vietnamese community?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1993 | JENNY BRUNDIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With an eye on the 1994 state elections, several Orange County Republican politicians gathered with members of the Vietnamese community Thursday, hoping to increase their party's support in the nation's largest Vietnamese community outside of Vietnam. "The party's doors are open today wider than ever, but the initiative is yours," Dr. Tirso del Junco, chairman of the California Republican Party, told about 75 community leaders and business people. "You've got to volunteer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2000
A Vietnamese community agency has opened a child-care facility in Garden Grove aimed at freeing parents on welfare to find and keep jobs and to teach their youngsters in English and Vietnamese. The Phu Dong Early Childhood Development Center is the first center to offer Vietnamese language and cultural instruction in addition to English. Organizers say it is a first step toward serving some of the estimated 5,000 Vietnamese American families on public assistance in Orange County.
BUSINESS
March 16, 1988 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
The major centers for Pacific Rim business in California may be Los Angeles and San Francisco, but at least one bank engaged in import-export activities thinks that the Vietnamese community in Westminster also is a hot area. The Bank of Trade, which opened 16 1/2 years ago in San Francisco's Chinatown and added a branch in Los Angeles' Chinatown in 1986, has opened an office in the Asian Garden mall in Westminster.
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2013 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
A coalition of Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups is fearful it won't be allowed to participate in the nation's only Tet parade, held each year on the Lunar New Year in bustling Little Saigon. The colorful procession, scheduled for Feb. 10, draws about 10,000 people and dates back nearly three decades. It typically attracts political and civic leaders in Orange County's Vietnamese community. For three years, LGBT groups have marched in the Westminster parade, but this year organizers said they first wanted to meet with the group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The nation's only Tet parade, staged in the heart of Little Saigon, will go on after all. After being told that the city of Westminster could not help pay for the annual Lunar Day parade in the nation's largest Vietnamese community, organizers hurriedly raised $60,000 in just two weeks. "We knew we could not lose this opportunity to promote the beauty of our culture," said Ha Son Tran, vice president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California. "Everyone put in a lot of energy, and there's a lot of pride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2013 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
The city that gave birth to Little Saigon is unable to help pay for the annual Tet parade and is asking residents to quickly ramp up a fundraising effort to save an event marking the Lunar New Year. A colorful pageant that draws tens of thousands, the parade dates back nearly 30 years in Westminster. It has been one of the enduring city celebrations since Vietnamese refugees began to flock here after the fall of Saigon in 1975. The event was discontinued after parade organizers lost money in 2004 but was revived four years later when the city again infused it with cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
He runs a trade magazine for the nail salon industry and lives quietly with his family in a small mobile home on the edge of town. But in a city that decades ago rose up as the new capital for Vietnamese outside Vietnam, Tri Ta is suddenly the king of Little Saigon. Since his election as Westminster's mayor Tuesday, Ta has been featured on Radio Free Asia, invited to San Jose to meet with Vietnamese leaders and watched as his name rocketed across the Internet, from Houston to Hanoi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
If there's a place in this immigrant hub where all lives intersect, it's the Little Saigon post office. The regulars, grandmothers and mothers who write letters to loved ones week after week greet one another as if at a reunion. The folks who don't earn enough to even have bank accounts wait next to patrons carrying $2,000 purses. Elders are allowed to go to the head of the line out of respect for their age. And single guys check P.O. boxes as regularly as soccer scores, because they don't get mail at their boardinghouses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
A grandmother calls to her grandson, hushing him as she pins a flower on his surf shirt. Parents guide their children to an altar perfumed with incense and kneel together to pray. They all turn to see a procession, heralded by gongs and graced by monks trailed by worshipers balancing offerings on their heads. Westerners celebrate Mother's Day. On Sunday, Buddhists came together at Hue Quang pagoda in Santa Ana, ushering in Le Vu Lan , honoring mothers and wearing a pink or red rose if their own mom was still alive and a white rose if she had died.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | SUZETTE PARMLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the billboard in San Francisco's downtown featuring a young, denim-clad Vietnamese man with a cigarette dangling from his mouth may look like just another smoking ad aiming to entice. But a double take at the brand name of the cigarette pack the model holds shows the universal symbol of death: a skull and crossbones. And in Vietnamese, the billboard reads: "You wouldn't want your friend to get cancer--so why offer him a cigarette?"
NEWS
December 18, 1988 | STRAT DOUTHAT, Associated Press
As the morning mist lifts, groups of mostly older men and women, faces shielded from the sun by cone-shaped straw hats, make their way to a large, low-lying field to cultivate garden plots. It's a ritual startlingly reminiscent of scenes shown on television during the Vietnam War. But this is the Mississippi Delta, not the Mekong. "I have seen this same thing in Vietnam, many times," said Tu Pineda, an interpreter for Associated Catholic Charities of New Orleans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2012 | By Erin Loury, Los Angeles Times
When Bich Van Nguyen learned she had lymph node cancer last year, powerful waves of shame and despair overcame her. She avoided her doctor for three months. She contemplated suicide. Vietnamese cultural convictions intensified her dark feelings of responsibility. "I didn't realize how bad my karma was," said Nguyen, 46, who emigrated from Vietnam in 1990. "I just wanted to walk alone. " Her knowledge of cancer was limited to an ingrained belief: She must have done something terrible in a past life to deserve this punishment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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