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September 7, 1990 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The beleaguered production of "Miss Saigon" has come under new attack, this time from Vietnamese-Americans who charge that the hit London musical stereotypes and demeans the Vietnamese. "Again and again, Hollywood and the theatrical world have exploited the Vietnam War, and here we go again," said Chi-Muoi Lo, a Los Angeles actor and playwright who is organizing Vietnamese community protests against the play.
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April 27, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE and MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a throwback to Cold War-era strategies, Vietnam's Communist government today begins a daily satellite TV broadcast to North America aimed at expatriate Vietnamese. While skeptics question the broadcast's impact, timing of the kickoff--three days before the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon--has inflamed passions among Vietnamese emigres who view Vietnam's "Liberation Day," April 30, as the blackest day in what they call Black April.
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January 23, 1990 | SONNI EFRON and THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Prison camp memories fade slowly. Choat Dinh Quach best remembers the "iron boxes." Ten years later, the memory still terrifies him. The solid steel boxes measured about 4 feet by 4 feet--not enough room for a prisoner to stand or to lie down. The boxes sat in the tropical sun. Inside, even the toughest of men usually lasted only about a month, Quach said. Then they went mad or died. Some killed themselves.
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July 30, 1997 | PATRICK J. McDONNELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Poor immigrants vary widely in their use of public benefits, with low-income Filipinos, Vietnamese and Cubans being relatively high users while Mexicans and Central Americans are less likely to be on welfare, according to a UCLA study released Tuesday. In fact, the study showed, low-income Mexican and Central American immigrants are generally less likely than the poor U.S. population as a whole to receive major public benefits.
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July 3, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the last 28 years, Frank Norwood had often wondered about the South Vietnamese Army captain he advised during his 1968 combat tour. He assumed that his counterpart, Capt. Le Tan Lao, did not survive the war and perished either on the battlefield or in a Communist prison camp after South Vietnam's defeat in 1975. Earlier this year, Norwood was "shocked" to learn that Lao was alive and living in Minnesota.
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June 30, 1991 | DIANNE KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Her mother sent her here, she says, fidgeting a little, breaking into a grin, not quite sure if happiness is called for or not. People around her are speaking English, a language that she recognizes only for its incomprehensible sounds. When she speaks, her words are Vietnamese. Thu-Ha Le has been in Orange County's Little Saigon a week. She was born in Bien Hoa on the outskirts of that other Saigon, the one that no longer officially exists.
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May 11, 1994 | ZAN DUBIN
Dubbing it a "season of affirmation," a group of Orange County Vietnamese Americans on Tuesday announced plans for Project 20 (1975-1995), an ambitious commemoration of next spring's 20th anniversary of Vietnam War refugees' arrival in the United States.
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June 30, 1993 | DE TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A media advocacy group has called on the federal government and the media to investigate the unsolved slayings of five Vietnamese journalists in the United States, including the 1987 killing of a Little Saigon magazine publisher.
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August 21, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Armed with a video camera--and a tip from an informant--three police officers and a Chicago-based FBI agent are tracking a murder suspect at the Marian Days festival. It's a "cloak and dagger" operation, says Houston police investigator Al Lotz. Each time officers approach, the suspect gets lost among the festival-goers, changing his identity with a change of clothes. Finally, he is apprehended near a statue that depicts Mary leading Vietnamese to freedom and safety.
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August 21, 1991 | BEVERLY BEYETTE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As dusk falls, promising relief from the sticky heat of an August day in Southwest Missouri, the fragrance of incense blends with the smoke curling up from barbecues on which sizzle thit heo kho , a sweet-and-sour pork, and ga nuong , chicken marinated in fish and soy sauces.
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July 3, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the last 28 years, Frank Norwood had often wondered about the South Vietnamese Army captain he advised during his 1968 combat tour. He assumed that his counterpart, Capt. Le Tan Lao, did not survive the war and perished either on the battlefield or in a Communist prison camp after South Vietnam's defeat in 1975. Earlier this year, Norwood was "shocked" to learn that Lao was alive and living in Minnesota.
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March 20, 1996 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The FBI has halted its advertisement in Vietnamese-language newspapers that had drawn criticism from civil libertarians for asking emigres to report to the agency anyone they believed might be a spy for Hanoi, regardless of whether they had evidence. George Grotz, a spokesman for the San Francisco office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said the ad has run its course after a two-month contract with the Westminster-based Nguoi Viet Daily and another newspaper in Houston.
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April 14, 1995 | From Associated Press
A group of Vietnamese commandos who worked for the CIA and U.S. military behind enemy lines before being captured and held in camps for decades have been denied refuge in the United States, the New York Times reported Friday. The commandos, known as the "lost patrols," were captured and imprisoned in the 1960s, the Times said. Reviled as traitors, they now want to leave Vietnam and come to the United States. The U.S.
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April 14, 1995 | LILY DIZON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the crowded and chilly common area of the Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon, Cao Doan sits alone, absent-mindedly sipping cafe au lait from a plastic cup and smoking his umpteenth cigarette. His dark brown eyes stare languidly into the window of the past as he recalls his life in Vietnam, an era upon which he usually prefers not to dwell.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1994 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In District 3, just north of the center of town, an upscale boutique stands out among the battered stores, sidewalk bicycle repairmen and pushcart vendors selling noodles with pungent-smelling meats and sauces. Squeaky-clean windows and doors give way to freshly painted walls, racks of silk and linen dresses and a row of wooden dressing rooms. The sign atop the store, one of three in the former Saigon owned by a pair of 33-year-old Americans, reads "Dung/Joyce U.S.A Fashion."
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May 11, 1994 | ZAN DUBIN
Dubbing it a "season of affirmation," a group of Orange County Vietnamese Americans on Tuesday announced plans for Project 20 (1975-1995), an ambitious commemoration of next spring's 20th anniversary of Vietnam War refugees' arrival in the United States.
BUSINESS
January 1, 1992 | Cristina Lee, Times staff writer
Transfer Service Weighed: Just one week after New York-based Citibank introduced a direct-funds transfer service to Vietnam for Vietnamese Americans, Bank of America said it is also interested in establishing a similar service. "We are looking at that," said Jim Mitchell, a Bank of America spokesman in San Francisco. "I know we're interested in looking into the Vietnamese market."
NEWS
December 29, 1990 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After many years of exile from their homeland, Vietnamese-Americans increasingly are returning to Vietnam for visits, according to officials of refugee assistance programs and the U.S. government. The trips often are arranged by travel agents, who route people through third countries, including Thailand, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan, the officials say, citing the U.S. economic embargo against Vietnam and the lack of diplomatic relations.
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April 4, 1994 | NANCY WRIDE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trouble seeped into Huy Tran's tranquil childhood in Vietnam like blood on sand. Coming home after a day of chasing crickets, he would overhear his parents whisper urgently in the hallway. Dispatches from the war front would flash across the TV at the town church. Then came the jailings of his father, a teacher, by the Communist regime. Finally, when he was 12, Tran and his father pushed off to sea, and a new life in America. The boat trip was some kind of hell, he says.
NEWS
February 4, 1994
From a Communist government to multimillion-dollar trade agreements, a look at how Vietnam compares to the United States and California: How Vietnam Compares Vietnam U.S. California Population 71 million 258 million 30 million Life expectancy 63 years 76 years 76 years Infant mortality rate 44/1,000 10/1,000 9/1,000 Death rate 9/1,000 9/1,000 7/1,000 Birth rate 32/1,000 16/1,000 20/1,000 Literacy rate 88% 97% 83% Work force 34 million 127.5 million 15.3 million Unemployment 6% 7% 8.
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