March 11, 2012 |
In Hanoi, soup is a way of life - the connective tissue of Vietnamese culture. With noodles, herbs and sinew, it strings together twisting streets and varied lifestyles. Here the bones, crumpled napkins and squeezed limes that litter the ground beneath tiny plastic tables are symbols of a good meal and a life well lived. I came here in early December largely because of Hanoi's growing reputation as a culinary capital. In 2010, the website Sherman's Travel ( www.shermanstravel.com )
December 11, 2011 |
Inside Out & Back Again A Novel Thanhha Lai HarperCollins: 262 pp., $15.99, ages 8 and older The United States prides itself on being a melting pot, but the many immigrant stories that make up our uniquely American stew aren't always known and are even less frequently published by the mainstream press. Take Thanhha Lai, who, in her recent National Book Award winner, "Inside Out & Back Again," chronicles her family's move to the U.S. from her native Vietnam in 1975, shortly after the fall of Saigon.
November 27, 2011 |
It's 1922 and nothing much is up in Pasadena. Not among the orange groves, not along the leafy streets. Just as the little old ladies like it. But wait. Down in the Arroyo Seco, a crew has just started putting up some kind of stadium. On Pepper Street, Mallie Robinson's 3-year-old son may already be showing signs of amazing athleticism. Over at Polytechnic School, a tall 10-year-old named Julia McWilliams is developing the taste and aplomb that will make her America's best-known chef.
November 7, 2011 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for: Stolen credit cards — A Costa Mesa man has been convicted of identity theft and other federal crimes related to the theft of credit cards from Vietnamese immigrants living in Southern California. A federal jury in Los Angeles convicted Hung Van Tieu, 62, of conspiracy, credit card fraud and identity theft. The charges carry a sentence of two to 32 years in federal prison. Tieu was part of a team of con men who called credit card companies in 2010-11, impersonated customers and asked for new cards to be mailed to addresses on file.
October 27, 2011
Hue Oi 9752 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove, (714) 534-3040. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays to Mondays (closed Tuesdays). Huong Giang to Go 14282 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, (714) 531-1798. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Huong Giang Restaurant and Deli 14564 Brookhurst St., Westminster, (714) 531-4930. 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Huong Vy 9372 Westminster Ave., Westminster, (714) 379-0900. 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Kim Hoa Hue 9813 Garvey Ave., El Monte, (626)
September 4, 2011 |
The Novice A Story of True Love Thich Nhat Hanh HarperOne: 147 pp., $23.99 The novel, as a storytelling device, begins with that white parchment of possibility, turns many tricks, reveals many truths and, in the best of hands, can exploit the very worst in humankind. Novels are fairly seditious undertakings. And that's why the very idea of a Zen novel sounds like either a comedy sketch or simply an improbable stretch. And yet that's what Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh has done with his first novel, "The Novice: A Story of True Love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2011 |
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.
July 28, 2011
Five to try: Check out these Vietnamese restaurants recently reviewed in The Find. Huynh 's regional specialties include its excellent bun cha ha noi , northern Vietnam's favorite char-grilled street food - a combo of garlic-doused sliced pork topped with silver-dollar-size minced pork patties, splashed with a seasoned broth. 9500 Bolsa Ave., No. B, Westminster, (714) 531-7379. Diners at tiny Dat Thanh come for its nem nuong cuon - spring rolls that approach brilliance: ruddy pork patties branded by the grill, cucumber spears that snap with farmers-market freshness, dipping sauces derived from equal parts recipe and alchemy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2011 |
It was an about-face that outraged a generation displaced by war. Nguyen Cao Ky, the former South Vietnam leader known for ruthlessly defending democracy, was suddenly, at 73, rubbing shoulders with communist officials - something that seemed unthinkable to those who had fled the country during the painful days after the Vietnam War. Vietnamese Americans who had rallied around him felt betrayed, and Ky's once-revered stature in the small...