An interchange on the 22 freeway has been named in honor of late Vietnamese-American student activist Nguyen Ngoc Phu in a ceremony Thursday.
The sign proclaiming the “Nguyen Ngoc Phu Human Rights Memorial Interchange” was unveiled at the Beach Boulevard exit off the 22, in Westminster.
The naming was an act of the California Legislature through a bill sponsored by State Sen. Lou Correa. In an interview on Nguoi Viet, Correa said this was the first freeway or intersection in California that’s named for a Viet. It’s also the first one with the words “human rights” in it.
This Phu Nguyen was UVSA vice-president and head of the organizing committee for the Tet Festival of 2005. His father was an officer in the South Vietnamese Army who suffered through the communist reeducation camps.
Phu was graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a biology degree and was due to start medical school at UCLA when he died from a heart condition.
It was right after he came home from attending a meeting of the Orange County Board of Supervisors where the flag of South Vietnam was honored, something Phu had lobbied for.