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September 25, 1995 | JOHN POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When Quoc Huy Ha explains the karate style he developed, he could be describing his life. " Quyen dao is like a river," the grand master said, using the Vietnamese name for the martial art, rather than the Japanese karate more familiar to Americans. "The river is always running, always moving, even if there is an obstacle," he said through an interpreter.
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September 4, 2001 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Abortion, drugs, homosexuality, interracial dating. These are not issues even discussed in most Vietnamese American families, but a new bilingual weekly newspaper in Orange County hopes to change that. "After 25 years in this country, our community has a lot more variety of interests than just communism and anti-communism," said Hieu Tran Phan, editor of the English-language section of Viet Tide, a Westminster-based weekly tabloid that debuted in July.
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March 14, 1995 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a bright, clear afternoon, a video crew has set up at Laguna Beach's Heisler Park. The subject of the shoot is a rising young singer who has recorded three albums, toured Europe several times and Australia once. In some cities she plays to thousands, but the park-goers who stroll by on this day look on curiously without recognizing her. Huong Tho is being interviewed by Trang Nguyen for an entertainment news program on Costa Mesa-based Little Saigon Television.
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June 12, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE and DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An Orange County Vietnamese refugee is under investigation by federal immigration officials for allegedly committing atrocities against fellow prisoners at a communist "re-education" camp more than two decades ago, including beating a man to death. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service began the investigation last year after several survivors of the Thanh Cam prison camp near Hanoi identified Thi Dinh Bui of Garden Grove as one of the camp's brutal enforcers.
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February 5, 1989 | STEVE EMMONS and DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writers
Orange County's Vietnamese community--one of the largest outside Southeast Asia--sees gangs and crime as its worst problems and assistance in learning English as its greatest need. A sampling of the county's estimated 100,000 Vietnamese residents suggests that nearly two-thirds of them perceive at least some anti-Vietnamese prejudice here, although most say that they have not experienced it personally.
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January 13, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
President Reagan's decision to increase quotas for Soviet emigres by cutting those for Southeast Asians has left many in Orange County's Vietnamese community feeling shocked, disappointed and abandoned. "As Vietnamese, we have strongly supported President Reagan because of his stand against communism. But his decision was a political one and this issue is a human one," said Ky Ngo, who came to the United States in 1975 and whose greatest concern has been the family he left in Vietnam.
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April 20, 2000 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vietnamese Americans in Orange County treasure the freedoms of their new home 25 years after the fall of Saigon but also worry that America provides too many liberties, a new poll has found. Conducted by Cal State Fullerton, the survey of 418 Vietnamese adults in Orange County found that about 96% like the individual liberties they have in America. But 87% also said there is too much freedom here. About two-thirds of respondents also said there is too much uncertainty in American life.
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April 4, 1993 | ANDREA HEIMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When a young Vietnamese girl was killed in her home recently, the homicide investigation was delayed by two precious hours because no one in the police station spoke her family's language. Only when Public Service Officer Jenny Truong was called from home at 2 a.m. could the police question the victim's relatives, most of whom spoke only their native tongue. "She had to stay all night, and then work the next day," Sgt. Bill Lewis said of Truong.
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September 1, 1989 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
A physician with ties to pro-Hanoi government organizations accused the FBI this week of failing to adequately protect Vietnamese refugees whose political views often expose them to threats and violence. Dr. Jack R. Kent, a Los Angeles endocrinologist and longtime activist in the Orange County Vietnamese community, said that as a consequence, many formerly outspoken Vietnamese have been threatened by or have fallen prey to right-wing "hit squads."
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March 24, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The editor of one of the largest Vietnamese-language newspapers in the United States has received a death threat from a right-wing extremist group. The typewritten communique accuses editor Yen Ngoc Do and several other prominent Vietnamese-Americans of unspecified pro-Communist activities. It threatens to execute them on April 30, the 15th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, unless they stop their activities.
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May 23, 2001 | ROBIN FIELDS and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Southern California's Vietnamese population grew sharply in the 1990s despite ebbing immigration, drawing newcomers from elsewhere in the state and nation into a powerful cluster that now exceeds 230,000, census information released today shows. That includes 135,548 in Orange County alone, where the Vietnamese American community surged almost 89% and won demographic bragging rights over rival centers in the San Jose area and Texas.
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March 4, 2001 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ground-blessing ceremonies for a new $9.3-million Catholic parish--the first in Southern California to be given a Vietnamese name--will take place today in a stretch of Santa Ana that's home to California Girls Nightclub, El Fracaso (The Failure) bar and Spanky's Adult Video store. The church's name, however, has been a tough sell to the Latino congregants whose roots in the parish go back to the 1920s.
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February 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
Vietnam has charged 38 members of an anti-government group formed in Orange County with attempted terrorism and sabotage, a newspaper reported Saturday in a rare account of opposition to the Communist state. The Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said the 38 were among 50 members of an anti-government organization arrested by security forces in 1999 and 2000 for planning terrorist attacks and propaganda against the Vietnamese government.
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February 3, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A state appeals court this week upheld the conviction of the man who sparked 1999's massive anti-Communist demonstrations in Little Saigon, clearing the way for the video store owner to serve out his three-month sentence for video piracy. Truong Van Tran, whose display of Communist icons prompted the protests and ultimately drew attention to his video counterfeiting, had asked the justices to throw out the conviction.
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January 23, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrating Tet, the lunar new year, without banh chung is like Christmas without a tree or Thanksgiving without a turkey. The 6-by-6-inch square delicacy, painstakingly stuffed with five layers of sticky rice, mung beans and pork, all wrapped inside banana leaves, is the dish that most defines the weeklong holiday. And in Westminster, the heart of Vietnamese culture in Southern California, customers may wait in line for more than an hour at a bakery to buy one, five, even dozens of the cakes.
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January 23, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Celebrating Tet, the lunar new year, without banh chung is like Christmas without a tree or Thanksgiving without a turkey. The 6-by-6-inch delicacy, painstakingly stuffed with five layers of sticky rice, mung beans and pork, all wrapped inside banana leaves, is the one dish that most defines the weeklong holiday. And in Westminster, the Hoang Huong Bakery is renowned for its banh chung. Customers often wait in line for more than an hour to buy one, five, even dozens of the cakes.
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December 12, 1989 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 16, the Vietnamese-American girl who calls herself "Tomboy" is wanted for burglary. She has dyed amber hair, a knife-cut tattoo on her forearm that says "I Love Tuan," and a way of hunching her shoulders that tells adults to drop dead. She sits in silent fury, under arrest, in a lawn chair outside a Garden Grove motel room packed with 16 Vietnamese-American teen-agers.
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July 5, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Black ink slashes white silk, and a lost world emerges. A water buffalo dips one curved horn into a rice paddy. An ancient woman clutches a bowl. A mother comforts her child, touching her cheek to his smaller one in a gesture of infinite tenderness. These spare brush strokes made Be Ky a celebrity in the Saigon art world at the age of 18. A year ago, at the age of 51, she and her husband, Ho Thanh Duc, a renowned collagist, left Vietnam, settling recently in Garden Grove.
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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 Vietnamese voters than the Republicans in the county. The GOP, which once enjoyed a 4-to-1 registration margin over Democrats in the county, has seen its lead steadily shrink over the last eight years.
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October 29, 2000
Orange County's Vietnamese community has opened its collective wallet and heart to those in need in recent years. Funds raised include: * $124,000 for victims of a typhoon that ravaged southern Vietnam in late 1997. Nearly 5,000 people walked at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley. Donations went to the American Red Cross in January 1998.
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