Freeway interchange named in memory of Viet student activist


Phu Nguyen's parents (1st and 3rd from left), his brother-in-law (right), and niece and nephew attend the unveiling ceremony of the naming sign in his honor, in this photo proviđe by State Senator Lou Correa's (2nd from left) office.


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.

Phu Nguyen was an activist and officer of the UVSA, often confused with the other Phu Nguyen the former president of the UVSA.

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.

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23 Responses to Freeway interchange named in memory of Viet student activist

  1. Jung Kim says:

    Human Rights memorial interchange…….

    Get rid of the Communism!

  2. Junk Kim says:

    get rid of Junk Kim’s bad grammar.

  3. Unkel K says:

    So, does holding the former SVN flag equate to human rights? Or in honor of this individual’s father for his military service? Or the former regime? Was he old enough to appreciate and compare the two governments as a commoner? High military ranking usually means more money and privilege than regular folk. Let’s not mix one with the other however misguided.

  4. HanoiBob says:

    OC Vietnamese….. making Vietnamese worldwide proud. Thanks from Hanoi.

  5. xu says:

    Vietnamese from Hanoi and worldwide are proud of our OC Viet’s. You people represent us well.

    We will conquer this world 1 interchange at a time…… even if it takes 1000 years. I am proud of the huge turnout for this ceremony (all 6 people). That shows the strength and vigor of our great community.

    We are…… the Vietnamese! We are….. the Vietnamese! We are….. the Vietnamese! And we will conquer this world 1 interchange at a time!

    I, as your representative, can not be more proud of you. Keep on working hard to make me proud. It is imperative you work hard to make me proud.

  6. xu says:

    OC Vietnamese….. making Vietnamese worldwide and in Hanoi proud.

    We are….. the Vietnamese! We are…… the Vietnamese!

    We shall conquer the world 1 interchange at a time! It is up to you Vietnamese to work hard to make me proud. Now make me proud god damn it!

  7. xu says:

    Haha…… Jung Kim still using the 1960′s and 1970′s narrative of Vietnamese vs Vietnamese huh? America created the narrative of Vietnamese vs Vietnamese back in the 1960′s and the 1970′s. And America spent billions to make it a reality, watching Vietnamese kill and torture each other by the millions. The Vietnamese vs Vietnamese narrative had a lot of relevance 40 to 50 years ago but now it is outdated.

    Unfortunately most Vietnamese Americans still live by that outdated narrative. I find it hilarious that even younger Vietnamese (like Jung Kim) use that outdated narrative as well.

    Vietnamese Americans like fighting the bad guy. And the bad guy is always…. …..another Vietnamese. LOL. Yep, that old 60′s and 70′s narrative is alive and well in the not-too-bright Vietnamese American community. Too bad Vietnamese Americans can’t think for themselves and hold on to such an outdated way of viewing the world.

    But I will not use the narrative of Vietnamese vs Vietnamese. No, this is a new day.

    We are…… the Vietnamese.
    We are…… the Vietnamese.
    We are…… the Vietnamese.

  8. xu says:

    We are….. the Vietnamese!

    We will conquer the world 1 interchange at a time, even if it takes 100 million years.

    We are….. the Vietnamese! We are….. the Vietnamese! We are….. the Vietnamese!

  9. Jung Kim says:

    Sorry xu………Viet communist dictators won’t last 100 million years.

  10. bolsa says:

    see, the commies doesn’t need to do anything. Just sit back and watch bolsa fights wesminter. Bravo bravo.

  11. xu says:

    JK, are you implying all Vietnamese are communists? How dare you.

    We are not communists, we are…… the Vietnamese!

    We are…… the Vietnamese!

    We are…… the Vietnamese!

    We are…… the Vietnamese!

  12. Jung Kim says:

    xu, do you support communist governments?

  13. Jung Kim says:

    xu, would you like to live under fear ? …. of governmental retaliation due to your perspective on social and political views ?

  14. xu says:

    You can politicize anything. I refuse to do that.

    I only see Vietnamese people.

    We are….. the Vietnamese!
    We are….. the Vietnamese!
    We are….. the Vietnamese!

  15. Jung Kim says:

    Guardian News;

    Vietnamese political prisoner Truong Van Suong dies in detention

    Human rights campaigners condemn Vietnam’s communist government over second such death in past three months

    Political prisoner Truong Van Suong died after spending more than 30 years in detention in Vietnam.

    Human rights campaigners have condemned the Vietnamese authorities over the death of a political prisoner who spent more than three decades in detention.

    US-based Human Rights Watch said Truong Van Suong died on Monday in Ha Nam province outside Hanoi. Fellow political prisoner Nguyen Van Trai died in custody in July.

    Vietnam’s foreign ministry spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi confirmed the death, claiming Suong died from a serious illness despite receiving treatment from doctors at a hospital.

    Nghi said Suong was released from prison in July 2010 for a year of medical parole, after which he was returned to jail in “stable health”.

    Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch in Asia, said: “By locking him up again in such terrible health the government of Vietnam essentially condemned him to die alone, separated from family and friends.”

    Robertson said Suong, who was 68 and who had been a soldier in the former South Vietnam, had been suffering from heart disease and high blood pressure.

    He was sent to a “re-education” camp from 1975 to 1981 after the fall of the Saigon government, then fled to Thailand and joined an anti-communist group.

    He returned to Vietnam in 1983 and was immediately arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment on spying charges, said Human Rights Watch.

    The organisation urged Vietnam’s government to release all political prisoners unconditionally, prioritising those with serious health problems.

    10 Jan 2011

    Vietnam cracks down on online critics ahead of Communist congress

    20 Jan 2010

    Four convicted in Vietnam for promoting democracy

    17 Dec 2009

    Vietnamese Buddhists seek asylum in France

  16. Jung Kim says:

    xu, we are … the Vietnamese united against dictatorship communist governments!

    Now this makes more sense.

  17. xu says:

    Don’t let anybody convince you that Vietnamese vs Vietnamese is the normal way of being. We are one people.

    We are…… the Vietnamese!
    We are…… the Vietnamese!
    We are…… the Vietnamese!

  18. Jung Kim says:

    xu, let’s see what state government says about human rights condition for our fellow Viets!


    The government’s human rights record remained unsatisfactory. Citizens could not change their government, and political opposition movements were prohibited. The government continued to crack down on dissent, arresting political activists and causing several dissidents to flee the country. Police sometimes abused suspects during arrest, detention, and interrogation. Corruption was a significant problem in the police force, and police officers sometimes acted with impunity. Prison conditions were often severe. Individuals were arbitrarily detained for political activities and denied the right to fair and expeditious trials. The government continued to limit citizens’ privacy rights and tightened controls over the press and freedom of speech, assembly, movement, and association. The government maintained its prohibition of independent human rights organizations. Violence and discrimination against women remained a concern. Trafficking in persons continued to be a significant problem. Some ethnic minority groups suffered societal discrimination. The government limited workers’ rights and arrested or harassed several labor activists.

    We are the Vietnamese ….. need to help our own people!

    We are the Vietnamese!

  19. Unkel K says:

    Let the State department do their job. Youse clowns would be the last help anyone needs. Retards and psychos like the beloved douche bag Thai Van Tran as a prime example. Go blow one another, aholes!

  20. MN says:

    It’s pretty clear that no Viet is good enough for one special dog. This K-9 is a seriously stupid, self-promoting ignoramus, shameless idiot who abuses this blog to deliver dog-whistle idea to a far off base. At best, he is a dog that can bark at a pine cone for days and not get tired. My new year’s resolution, each day I pray that the dog will shut up for just ten f**king minutes.

    Oh well, I just hope the naming sign was not made of some cheap Chinese crap. You know, Chinese are never going to like Vietnamese. Take a wild f**king guess. They like Beef with Broccoli made out of pigshit and tainted milk. Every couple of weeks, they would show up here and come off as the big swinging dicks, a sort of unload and vent for a while. Yeah, I am telling you, it’s almost like their therapies. I’m not talking about those Communist mainland Chinese. They live among us is USA but you can tell the shit does not fall far from the bat.

    We are …… not the Chinese.
    We are …… not the Chinese.
    We are …… not the Chinese.

  21. Unkel K says:

    For a community that has intimidated and beaten a few of its own for buying a Vietnamese newspaper, held a city-wide protest over a picture, and supported a dictatorial politician and cronies (all in the name of Vietnamese), the few OC Viets symbolize everything under the sun, from human rights to anti-communism. However, their actions display every trait of ideas and thoughts they oppose through fear, intimidation, forced ideology, and violence. The beautiful part is the non-existing flag symbolizing their ephemeral whim.

    What’s next? Anti-Sasquatch? Anti-UFO? Did any of the Apollo lunar module land on the moon? When is the next visit to the medicinal marijuana dispensary? Why everything has to be community based? Why can’t an individual think and decide for himself? Oh, because politicking is a profit driven venture….If you can deliver votes, then there is money to be made at the community’s expense.

  22. bolsa says:

    I have to give credit to the commi. They just poke one group and provoke the other and let them fight among themselves. Can’t you see their tactic by now. United we stand and are we standing? Joe mamma is poking kim jung ill and kim jung ill is biting his ass, i don’t see no commie is being provoked, no commies’ asses are being kicked. We kick our own asses while both claimed to be freedom fighter. Stop being a joke to the commies. Can you see they are kicking back and enjoying their hot latte and watch the live show for free!!!!!
    But wait……..Kim Jung ill will say Joe Mamma is a commie and vice versa right. Now we are back to square one. The show will goes on……

  23. Jung Kim says:

    Hanoi – A human rights group on Tuesday urged Vietnam to follow Myanmar’s example and release its political prisoners.

    Myanmar on Friday released 302 political prisoners, including several prominent activists and ethnic leaders.

    ‘Vietnam should follow Burma’s example by immediately releasing its political prisoners, starting with those that Hanoi has imprisoned under so-called ‘national security’ articles of the penal code that penalize basic human rights,’ said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch.

    Myanmar’s move was part of a series of reforms, including allowing the main opposition party to register for upcoming by-elections and signing ceasefires with ethnic minority rebels to persuade Western nations to lift sanctions.

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