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**Former Bob DORNAN-Aide Elected 1st Vietnamese-American in CAL State Legislature (TRAN)**
Associated Press ^ | 4 November 2004 | Ben Fox, (AP)

Posted on 11/04/2004 10:43:38 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo

First Vietnamese-American lawmaker object of pride, threats

WESTMINSTER, Calif. - The first order of business for Van Tran, following his election night success, was a trip to a Vietnam War memorial. With a bodyguard.

That's politics in Southern California's Little Saigon, where the first Vietnamese-American elected to a state legislature - and the nation's highest-ranking Vietnamese-American elected official - is an object of community pride and death threats.

Tran said he has been told by two people he considers reliable that Vietnamese communists have targeted him for assassination because of his new political status and past activism against the regime that rules the homeland his family fled 30 years ago.

It's not the first time he's gotten threats: A year ago, he felt compelled to get a concealed weapons permit and is nearly always armed when he's in public.

"Everyone is proud of him," said Ngo Ky, a self-described activist in Garden Grove. "He doesn't belong to his family anymore. He belongs to the community."

"I'm a product of the Vietnam War as much as John Kerry and George Bush," he said at the memorial, where he also burned sticks of incense as a tribute to the fallen U.S. and South Vietnamese soldiers who died in the war.

(Excerpt) Read more at mercurynews.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: asianvote; conservative; dornan; election; gop; lilsaigon; orangeco; sacramento; tran; vantran; victory; vietnamese; vietnameseamericans

1 posted on 11/04/2004 10:43:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good news! Thanks for the post.


2 posted on 11/04/2004 10:46:02 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (A Freep a day keeps the liberals away.)
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Van Tran is the Man.


3 posted on 11/04/2004 10:47:46 AM PST by rahbert
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Here's one guy who knows the Vietnam War first hand, is 'reporting for duty', but was in fact ELECTED! :-)


4 posted on 11/04/2004 10:48:40 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good for him, and I won't hold it against him that he worked for Dornan. (just kidding, kind of sort of)


5 posted on 11/04/2004 10:58:47 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR POWERS EQUAL TO THE TASKS)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Personally, I'm sick of people being labeled. In my opinoin (and it's just an opinion) this is a person.
6 posted on 11/04/2004 10:59:13 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

Dont worry. Be happy. :-)


7 posted on 11/04/2004 11:02:07 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
You are right that he is just a person.

But the Vietnamese Americans are very proud people and love our country, and I am sure they are very excited and proud to have such a wonderful man from their culture in the legislature.

8 posted on 11/04/2004 11:07:12 AM PST by Repub4bush
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Van Tran is a true American.


9 posted on 11/04/2004 11:15:31 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Good news bump.


10 posted on 11/04/2004 11:22:24 AM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The man is a class act.


11 posted on 11/04/2004 11:22:40 AM PST by bushrocks04
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Dont worry. Be happy. :-)

Thanks, but I'd still rather be a person than be a happy.

My status as white, European, pillager of native indigenous one-with-mother-earth-peoples, straight, Christian, male has kept me from getting a job before. Yes, the manager who hired me the next summer, after not being able to hire me the summer before, told me. Not enough check marks in my **special** peopleness columns.

12 posted on 11/04/2004 11:30:07 AM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird (Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

The Vietnamese-American are STRONGLY anti Communist and very much on our side...At the Reagan viewing (repose) at the library there was a very large contingent of Vietnamese vet's all in dress uniform


13 posted on 11/04/2004 11:33:29 AM PST by tophat9000
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird

I've made an effort to understand you. And in fact, I do.


14 posted on 11/04/2004 11:45:41 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Hey, AIT, after moving back from Kyoto to Hunt. Beach, I personally voted for this guy. I went straight ticket Repub. If anyone has ever ventured into northern Orange County, they know it is dominated by millions of Vietnamese. At Golden West College, a Huntington Beach junior college, they are the racial majority of students by 60%. I think 'Little Saigon' itself is a bigger population of Vietnamese than even Hanoi.

I used to volunteer to tutor Vietnamese in English at he aforementioned college, and some of the labor camp stories that I heard from the older generation were horrifying. 15 years hard labor for owning a bicycle store, etc.

Congraduations Van Tran and the Vietnamese community. One of the most conservative ethnic communities in America!


15 posted on 11/04/2004 11:53:35 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: struggle
I think I'll go celebrate tonight with a hearty bowl of Pho Tai and top it off with goi cuon and cha gio!
16 posted on 11/04/2004 11:55:41 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: AmericanInTokyo

I would also add that there was a very large group of Vietnamese who participated in the the Vietnam Veterans Against Kerry demonstrations at the Democratic National Convention in Boston this past summer.


17 posted on 11/04/2004 12:06:25 PM PST by S.O.L.
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To: AmericanInTokyo; risk; struggle; reformjoy; LibFreeOrDie; rahbert; OldFriend; ...


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NEVER FORGET



VAN TRAN Associated Press Article Photos:


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041104/480/carf10111040124


http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/041104/480/carf10211040125





Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
VAN TRAN for Assembly Campaign-Little Saigon
http://www.VanTran68.com

Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm (Photos)



NEVER FORGET

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18 posted on 11/04/2004 12:07:18 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Congrats to your friend, Ronnie.


19 posted on 11/04/2004 12:47:06 PM PST by doug from upland (Michael Moore = a culinary Pinocchio ---- tell a lie, gain a pound.)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the good news from California ping.


20 posted on 11/04/2004 1:18:22 PM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (Crush your enemies; see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women - Conan)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Outstanding news item. Thanks!!


21 posted on 11/04/2004 1:55:48 PM PST by Amish
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
NEVER FORGET

NEVER!

22 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:07 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

BTTT!


23 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:49 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("He's gone. He's so gone." Nancy Pelosi on George W. Bush, circa May 2004)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Freedom Bump!

Communism is still Evil
and
Communists still roam.

May all people living enslaved
one day live free.


24 posted on 11/04/2004 4:25:49 PM PST by reformjoy
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

25 posted on 11/04/2004 4:27:51 PM PST by reformjoy
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Oh this IS good news!


26 posted on 11/04/2004 4:28:11 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: All
Van Tran, second from right, along with Frank Fry, a councilman, right, Andy Quach, vice-mayor of Westminster, third from right, and Bill Dalton, fourth from right, mayor-elect Garden Grove, visits the Vietnam war memorial Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, in Westminster, Calif., following success on election night. Tran is the first Vietnamese-American elected to state legislature in America. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)
Wed Nov 3, 8:28 PM ET
AP

Van Tran, second from right, along with Frank Fry, a councilman, right, Andy Quach, vice-mayor of Westminster, third from right, and Bill Dalton, fourth from right, mayor-elect Garden Grove, visits the Vietnam war memorial Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2004, in Westminster, Calif., following success on election night. Tran is the first Vietnamese-American elected to state legislature in America. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)

27 posted on 11/04/2004 4:30:59 PM PST by reformjoy
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

re: Post 27 Great photo!

Congrats on being part of this
historic moment!


28 posted on 11/04/2004 4:34:37 PM PST by reformjoy
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Definitely an asset.


29 posted on 11/04/2004 4:38:23 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.)
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To: reformjoy; CWOJackson

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GARDEN GROVE snub irks HANOI

http://www.Freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1135666/posts

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30 posted on 11/04/2004 4:59:07 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Great thread. We have a few people who like to claim that "immigrants vote their stomachs" but it's very obvious from this election that many immigrants vote their principles...and some people simply speak their spleen.


31 posted on 11/04/2004 5:16:11 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: reformjoy

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Free Flag of Vietnam & now Garden Grove Mayor-Elect BILL DALTON (Photo)

http://www.rfvn.com/picture/BieuTinh_NKK_02_15_04/BieuTinh_Nguyen_C_Ky_02_15_04_0123.JPG

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32 posted on 11/04/2004 5:19:49 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: AmericanInTokyo

There are two things about pho that bug me. Being a big tonkotsu ramen man, I hate thin soup, and the herb placed in the pho doesnt make it any better.

The other thing is that pho is pronounced like a question. Vietnamese pronunciation is harder than Chinese pronunciation.


33 posted on 11/04/2004 8:11:13 PM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Hey, right next door to my home town. I passed by his posters on my way to the local grocery store. Congrats, Mr. Tran!


34 posted on 11/04/2004 8:12:52 PM PST by kezekiel
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To: AmericanInTokyo

35 posted on 11/04/2004 8:15:18 PM PST by kezekiel
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Out here in Maryland there is a pho restaurant where a picture of president bush hangs on the wall and the 21" tv perched high close to the ceiling is eternally tuned in to the fox news channel.
just my kind of dream eating establishment.


36 posted on 11/04/2004 8:23:14 PM PST by forbes4prez
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To: forbes4prez

IMHO, more Freepers, especially those with limited contact or knowledge of Asia or Asians, should be introduced to this culture in America. They are really our true conservative American allies and their food is WONDERFUL!!


37 posted on 11/05/2004 6:46:02 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo (We Won. We can gloat. For a week, maybe. Then, time to fortify the Republic and move forward.)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; PhilDragoo; Mia T; RonDog; Bob J

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...Those of us whose lives have been directly touched...

...like mine has...

...by the Freedom-loving spirit of Vietnamese-Americans...

...in a new time of war...

...with our own Freedom now at stake here at home...

...have been truly blessed.



Signed:

"ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer of Little Saigon

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_set1.htm (Photos)

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38 posted on 11/05/2004 8:27:56 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: AmericanInTokyo; Carl/NewsMax; Sean Hannity; Ann Coulter; Clinton Is Scum

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"And in the End...
the LOVE you take...
is equal to...
the LOVE you make" - The Beatles


Little Saigon Cool to KERRY

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4048

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39 posted on 11/05/2004 8:48:38 AM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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