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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2000
Two recent surveys of Vietnamese refugees who settled in Orange County offer a window on the state of assimilation in the county on the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Cal State Fullerton researchers interviewed more than 400 Vietnamese last fall and found that while most enjoyed the freedom of America, many thought there was too much freedom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Gay activists who fought to be included in a long-running lunar new year's parade in Little Saigon said their participation is now in doubt because it appears the event's code of conduct would prevent them for carrying a rainbow flag, an international symbol of gay pride. Organizers of the Tet parade, which attracts political leaders and dignitaries in the Vietnamese American enclave, initially refused to let members of Viet Rainbow of Orange County march, saying the group did not reflect the event's traditional roots.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1985
A reunion and ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the arrival of Vietnamese refugees at this U.S. Marine base will be held today at the site of their original "Tent City." The event was requested by the Orange County-based Vietnamese American Mutual Assn., which is coordinating the day's activities. The Marine Corps agreed to make available the same Camp Cristianitos where, in 1975, more than 1,000 tents were erected on five days' notice to house 18,500 refugees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2013 | By Anh Do
Until Communist captors locked his dad in a 9-by-9-foot jail cell, Khoa Nguyen did not fully appreciate the battle his father was fighting. As a boy, he remembered him talking about the struggles in his homeland, the basic human rights he believed his countrymen in Vietnam had been denied. His parent's activity with a pro-democracy group finally drew his father from the family's comfortable Garden Grove home to Vietnam, where he hoped to train residents to use nonviolent methods in lobbying for reforms.
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April 20, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
A Malaysian navy ship deporting 317 Vietnamese refugees arrived at Vietnam's southern port of Vung Tau, a local immigration official said. The refugees were the first to be forcibly repatriated from a place other than Hong Kong, which is home to more than half the roughly 35,000 Vietnamese people still living in camps across Asia. The refugees fled their Communist country after the Vietnam War.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1996 | BINH HA HONG and J.R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In solidarity with Vietnamese refugees who face forcible return to their homeland, about 5,000 demonstrators gathered Wednesday night outside Westminster City Hall for a stirring candlelight vigil. "I want to help out because my parents were refugees, and if they hadn't received help I would be in the same situation," said 20-year-old Francis Bui, a Cypress College student who joined thousands of Vietnamese Americans at the three-hour vigil.
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November 30, 1986 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
When Audrey Hinson heard a neighbor complain recently that 213 Montagnards were coming to be resettled in the community, she got sputtering mad. "I heard this lady say: 'They're bringing over the people what killed our sons.' So I turned around and I said: 'Hey, sweetheart, you've been reading the wrong comic book.' " Hinson smiled with satisfaction, adding: "The girl who does my hair also told her to shut up. End of story." Ever since the U.S.
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May 14, 1986 | United Press International
A Liberian freighter bound for Japan from Malaysia has rescued 47 Vietnamese refugees drifting aboard a crippled boat 80 miles southwest of Taiwan, maritime officials said Tuesday.
NEWS
June 16, 1988
The Hong Kong government tightened its policies on Vietnamese refugees to stem the growing flow of "boat people" arriving in the British colony. Starting today, new arrivals must prove that they face political persecution at home and are not just seeking a better economic future. If they cannot, they will be put into closed camps to await return to Vietnam. Officials said that about 90% of the Vietnamese refugees will not qualify for refugee status.
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February 14, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Police fired tear gas today to quell clashes among Vietnamese refugees at a detention center where two days of fighting have left nearly 70 people injured, officials reported. At least 38 refugees and 30 corrections staff members have been hurt in the feuding, government spokeswoman Fanny Kong said. Some have required hospitalization.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2009 | By My-Thuan Tran
During the holidays, Phuong Pham is reminded of a Vietnamese proverb: Whatever tree you eat from, remember the one who planted it. More than 30 years ago, on the day Saigon fell to Communist forces, Pham and his family scrambled aboard a South Vietnam ship bound for the South China Sea. Pham, carrying only some photos and a small bag with clothes, thought he had lost everything. But after arriving at a U.S. refugee center in Pennsylvania, Pham was matched with a nearby parish that became his family's sponsors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
In an unremarkable room in a corner of UC Irvine's main library, the little-known stories of Southeast Asian refugees are kept alive. The room holds rare items from decades ago -- audio recordings of those recounting their journeys fleeing Vietnam by boat, letters written from refugee camps to families left behind and refugee orientation brochures they picked up upon arriving in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Vietnamese Americans who came to the United States as political refugees are suffering from higher rates of mental health problems than non-Latino whites, an indication that many Vietnamese Americans are experiencing lingering effects from the Vietnam War, according to a UC Irvine Center for Health Care Policy study. In the first analysis of its kind for Vietnamese Americans in California, researchers found that Vietnamese Americans over 55 were twice as likely as whites to report needing mental health care, but were less likely to discuss such issues with their doctors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2007 | Teresa Watanabe, Times Staff Writer
Government actions in a deportation case involving a Vietnamese refugee family in Santa Ana drew fire Thursday as political and community leaders accused immigration agents of intimidation. Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency last week arrested the parents and brother of Tam Tran, a 24-year-old UCLA graduate who testified before Congress about the plight of undocumented immigrant students in May.
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December 28, 2005 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Hanh Luong and her two young sons spend their days and nights huddled next to a packed suitcase with their cellphone nearby. For more than two months they have lived in a small dank room that a refugee organization has leased in one of the poorest sections of the Philippine capital, awaiting a call they know will soon come.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 2005 | Roy Rivenburg, Times Staff Writer
Tears, whoops of joy and a constellation of flashbulbs erupted Monday evening at Los Angeles International Airport as one of the last waves of Vietnamese boat people began arriving in the U.S. -- 30 years after the fall of Saigon. Pushing carts laden with luggage, stuffed animals and food, the refugees fought their way through a throng of journalists to reach their connecting flights. "Thank You America for Welcoming Us," read a banner held aloft by some of the passengers.
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September 23, 1988 | From Reuters
The U.S. Navy cruiser Vincennes, which mistakenly shot down an Iranian airliner two months ago, rescued 26 Vietnamese refugees from a sinking junk in the South China Sea on Thursday, the Pentagon said. Defense Department spokesman Dan Howard told reporters that the Vincennes, steaming toward the Philippines after leaving the Persian Gulf two weeks ago, came across the "unseaworthy" junk Thursday. Capt. Will C. Rogers III ordered the 10 men, 6 women and 10 children brought aboard.
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June 19, 2005 | Miranda Leitsinger, Associated Press Writer
Coming from one of the poorest and most remote parts of Southeast Asia, the Vietnamese refugees were understandably confused and amused as they learned about their new home. Saunas, snow, supermarkets. The 17 farmers -- who fled their homeland last year, clambered through the Cambodian jungle and were rescued by the United Nations -- were preparing to reach their final stop: Finland. They are Montagnards, who fled Vietnam's Central Highlands over land confiscations and their Protestant faith.
WORLD
June 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
CAMBODIA Fifty of more than 900 ethnic hill tribe refugees from Vietnam departed Cambodia for resettlement in the U.S., in the last stage of a yearlong quest for freedom. Virtually all of the Montagnards, as the hill people are known, will eventually be resettled in four cities in North Carolina, said Mohammad Alnassery, acting chief of mission for the U.N.-affiliated International Organization for Migration.
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