Category Archives: People

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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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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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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Yes, Vietnam affects Viet Americans, but we affect them back too: Book

A long long time ago, academics, journalists, and casual observers all figured out that events in the Vietnamese-American communities of the U.S., or more specifically California, cannot be explained by what’s happening locally alone. They knew that what goes on … Continue reading

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Viet Canadian nominated for Oscar

Vietnamese-Canadian director-writer Kim Nguyen‘s film War Witch was nominated yesterday for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, marking the second time an ethnic Vietnamese director is nominated by the Academy, and the first time representing a country that’s not Vietnam. War Witch (La … Continue reading

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Who wants to be Prime Minister?

Well, the Bolsavik doesn’t check his LinkedIn too often, so he almost missed this very important and honorific invitation: From the “Prime Minister at Provisional National Government of Vietnam.” Minh Quan Dao is his name, and his listed experience consists … Continue reading

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