Author Archives: Bolsavik

UVSA nails down Tet Festival location: The OC Fairgrounds

  Several months after breaking off negotiations with the City of Garden Grove over the latter’s pay-to-play demand, the UVSA announces today that its annual Tet Festival will take place at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, … Continue reading

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Garden Grove Council members demand pay-to-play, Tet Festival refuses

What happens when a private party wants to hold an event and the city says, if you want to do it, you have to pay $75,000 a year, for 5 years, to this other private entity, because two City Council … Continue reading

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The Bolsavik in the ocean

On the day Diana Nyad completed her historic crossing of the Florida Straits, the Bolsavik did his first open water swim, at, oh, 0.3% of Nyad’s distance maybe? Anyway, that’s not something that usually qualifies to be included on this … Continue reading

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LGBT invited to join parade by other marchers

Right after the court declined to interfere in the Tet parade, many people, already in the parade, stood up and invited representatives of the LGBT to march with them. Most prominent is UVSA, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern … Continue reading

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LGBT group tries the law

As it appears that the organizers of this year’s Tet parade is not going to listen to voices of reason, fairness, morality, and human rights, the LGBT contingent – which has not received either a “yes” or “no” from the … Continue reading

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Against tradition, Tet Parade excludes LGBT Viets

For at least 100 years, it has been a tradition of Southern Vietnam on every Tet (Lunar New Year) to pay homage to a gay general of the Nguyen dynasty. Against that tradition, though, the organizers of this weekend’s Tet … Continue reading

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Foremost Viet composer Pham Duy passed away

Phạm Duy, a prolific musician whose life and career spanned some of the most turbulent parts of Vietnamese history, passed away Sunday at his home in Vietnam, eight years after returning to his birth country from Orange County. He was … Continue reading

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How Sandy aid money went into someone else’s account

How did donations, supposed to be delivered to New York City to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy, instead get deposited into the Vietnamese Interfaith Council‘s bank account in Little Saigon? The group held a press conference to answer that question, and admitted to a mistake … Continue reading

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