Category Archives: events

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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Classical guitar concert at VAALA today

The Vietnamese-American Arts & Letters Association‘s fundraising concert takes place at 7:30pm today at its Cultural Center in Santa Ana, featuring guitarists Doan Huynh (Huỳnh Hữu Đoan) and Omar Ávalos, and a special appearance by Han Vo-Ta (Võ Tá Hân), … Continue reading

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“Touch,” love story, coming to OC on Friday

After opening to a full house in San Jose last weekend, Touch, a love story taking place in a nail salon, is coming to Orange County this weekend starting Friday night at AMC The Block. The film, helmed by USC … Continue reading

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ViFF announces Grand Jury award nominees

The 5th biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF,, entering its closing week-end today and tomorrow, announced the nominees for its Trống Đồng (Grand Jury) award in both the feature and short categories. Tremendously grown from its first edition with a few … Continue reading

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Monique Truong, Andrew Lam coming to Santa Ana

Two talented Vietnamese-American authors, each coming out with a new book, are coming to VAALA Center in Santa Ana for a book reading and signing event on Tuesday. Monique Truong, the celebrated author of A Book of Salt (named by … Continue reading

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Ly Tong pepper-sprays singer, right-wingers applaud

Ly Tong, the man who spent the last 14 months or so on the fringe of Vietnamese-American society, thrusted himself back in the limelight by dressing up as a woman and pepper-spraying a singer from Vietnam at a concert in … Continue reading

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Nguyen Cao Ky controversy irks USS Midway

It’s the rumor that refuses to die, and it’s bothering the heck out of the USS Midway Museum‘s marketing director. The former aircraft carrier, now a museum, is planning a special exhibit for Black April. In 1975, when Saigon fell, … Continue reading

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Lookie here, a THIRD ceremony on the same Black April date

And then there were three. (Any rookie copy editor could have come up with that led.) As if two separate Black April commemoration ceremonies are not enough, a third Black April commemoration is being planned to take place on the same … Continue reading

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