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  • Join VAN TRAN (R) vs. LORETTA SANCHEZ (D) - 1st Viet-American State Legislator goes to Washington

    06/05/2010 8:10:41 PM PDT · by ALOHA RONNIE · 69 replies · 748+ views
    Join VAN TRAN for CONGRESS - 2010 ^ | 6/5/2010 | "ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
    . NEVER FORGETJust for the LOVE of FREEDOM =Support Conservative Republican VAN TRAN in his battle to REPLACE LORETTA SANCHEZ, representing California's 47th Congressional District in Orange County (Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana).A Vietnam War refugee RESTORES FREEDOM to America.. NEVER FORGET
  • Tran On National GOP Radar In His Bid To Unseat Sanchez

    07/29/2009 7:58:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 696+ views
    OCRegister ^ | July 29th 2009
    Tran on national GOP radar in his bid to unseat Sanchez July 29th, 2009 Washington Bureau Chief Van Tran is officially “On the Radar,’’ of the National Republican Congressional Committee in his bid to unseat Rep. Loretta Sanchez next year. The state Assemblyman – who was recruited by the NRCC to challenge the 12-year incumbent Democrat - is one of 13 GOP contenders who the campaign committee said today has reached the On the Radar level of their Young Guns recruiting program. Tran, who had $250,000 in his campaign account as of June 30, has reached the first of three...
  • First Vietnamese Congressman Leads Tet Parade

    02/01/2009 11:05:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 449+ views
    OCRegister ^ | February 1, 2009
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 First Vietnamese congressman leads Tet parade The O.C. community celebrated the lunar New Year with a vibrant parade in Little Saigon. By DEEPA BHARATH THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER WESTMINSTER – Anh "Joseph" Cao, the first Vietnamese American to be elected to the U.S. Congress, was one of the highlights of the annual Tet Parade in Little Saigon on Saturday morning. Local politicians and community organized a fundraiser for Cao, who represents Louisiana's Second Congressional District. "The Vietnamese communities in the rest of the country look to this community in California for leadership and guidance," Cao said.
  • La. lawmaker - from crisis of faith to Congress (Replaced "Cold Cash" Jefferson)

    01/18/2009 5:59:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 654+ views
    SF Chronicle ^ | 1/18/2009 | Neely Tucker
    Anh "Joseph" Cao - the hot new property in Congress, Mr. Upset, the first Vietnamese American elected to the U.S. House or Senate, the first Republican to win Louisiana's 2nd Congressional District since before Louis Armstrong was born - is driving across this Gothic American bayou. He's relating how, as a Jesuit seminarian in the slums of Mexico nearly 20 years ago, he experienced a crisis of faith. He was dispirited by how God could let such human misery exist, he says and then stops himself. "Do you ever read Kierkegaard?" he asks. Um, the 19th century Danish philosopher is...
  • Mr. Cao (R) goes to Washington as first Vietnamese-American in Congress

    12/17/2008 9:26:20 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,200+ views
    CNS ^ | December 17, 2008 | Peter Finney Jr.
    NEW ORLEANS (CNS) -- If his recent whirlwind tour of Capitol Hill was any indication, Anh "Joseph" Cao knows he will be in for the ride of his life over the next two years. Little known in early December except to those in his close-knit Vietnamese community in New Orleans, the Republican attorney who once studied to become a Jesuit priest rocked the national political landscape Dec. 6. He upset nine-term U.S. Rep. William Jefferson in the state's heavily Democratic and African-American 2nd Congressional District to become the first Vietnamese-American member of Congress. Cao's victory certainly was aided by the...
  • (Joseph Cao): The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate

    12/07/2008 3:07:41 PM PST · by Publius804 · 25 replies · 1,574+ views
    insidecatholic.com ^ | 11/19/08 | Deal W. Hudson
    The Jesuits Produce A Great Political Candidate by Deal W. Hudson 11/19/08 Joseph Cao is a Catholic lawyer and former Jesuit scholastic from New Orleans. He is running as a Republican for the Congressional 2nd district seat in Louisiana presently held by Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), who is best known for the $90,000 found in his freezer. The election will be held December 6. Few candidates for public office are as forthright as Cao when asked about their position on abortion. “I am very anti-abortion,” he told me without hesitation. Cao would like to overturn Roe, but in the meantime,...
  • Should Congress Have a Cao ? (Vietnam-born Joseph Cao should be the next Louisiana Congressman)

    12/06/2008 8:27:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,700+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Nov 20,2008 | Quin Hillyer
    Sit down and make yourself comfortable, because this one of those stories you just won't want to miss. It's the kind of story for which this poor pen might not do justice. And it's the kind of story of which the world of politics needs more examples. It's a story that effectively starts three days before the fall of Saigon in 1975, when eight-year-old Joseph Cao escaped South Vietnam with a brother and sister and eventually made his way to the United States, where he settled with an uncle. As the story continues today, Cao is the Republican nominee for...
  • LA U.S. House Election Results: In upsets, Republicans win both Districts 2 & 4

    12/06/2008 9:50:43 PM PST · by flattorney · 66 replies · 5,584+ views
    Louisiana SOState/Local News Articles ^ | December 6, 2008 | Staff
    LA-2 , Orleans, Jefferson Parish: In a huge upset win, little known Republican attorney Anh "Joseph" Cao beat nine term and criminally indicted William Jefferson(D). Jefferson had been expected to easily win. Cao becomes the first Vietnamese member of U.S. Congress. LA-4, Shreveport-Bossier City, Sabine Parish, et. al., Western LA, TX/AR border: Republican Dr. John Fleming wins. Fleming was trailing by about 3% early in the election results but came on strong in the end to beat Carmouche(D) by 356 votes. Carmouche has not conceded election – recount probably pending. With these results, the 111th U.S. House of Representatives...
  • Vietnamese Americans support John McCain

    10/13/2008 7:00:47 PM PDT · by cutiedieuvan · 7 replies · 895+ views
    Vietland.net ^ | Oct/13/2008 | Shandon Phan
    As young Vietnamese Americans, some of us grew up listening to our parents tell us bedtime stories of the war; the rest of us experienced our history firsthand as we watched our parents being taken away to re-education camps and special economic zones. We share those common stories of struggle that shaped our community presence in America – the fight for freedom of South Vietnam, the arrest and executions of our relatives during and after the war, the mass exodus of the free Viet people, and the suffering of those who are left behind.
  • Vietnamese Americans rally for McCain-Palin

    10/09/2008 6:06:36 PM PDT · by cutiedieuvan · 13 replies · 857+ views
    Asian Americans for McCain ^ | 10-09-2008 | Asian Americans for McCain
    The Vietnamese Americans for McCain-Palin Coalition will hold an endorsement rally for McCain-Palin at Marriott Hotel-Fairview Park, Falls Church, Virginia on October 11, 2008. Civic, business and political leaders will join hundreds of community members to express their strong support for Senator McCain to be the next President of the United States. As one of the largest ethnic communities in Northern Virginia, Vietnamese Americans will play an important role in determining the outcome of battleground Virginia.
  • 'Asian invasion' of faith (in MO) - Vietnamese Catholics celebrate Virgin Mary

    08/12/2007 5:18:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 646+ views
    Columbia Tribune ^ | August 11, 2007 | MARY T. NGUYEN
    CARTHAGE - My siblings and I call it "The Asian Invasion." Every summer during the first weekend of August, tens of thousands of Vietnamese Catholics flock to the small southwest Missouri town of Carthage for a four-day festival to celebrate the Virgin Mary. Vietnamese refugees credit the Catholic icon for their protection and rescue from Vietnam as they fled the country after the Vietnam War. The Marian Days celebration began in 1978 with only a few hundred people. It takes place every year on the 28-acre campus of the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix, a Vietnamese order of priests and...
  • Vietnamese refugee, family find home, patriotism

    07/04/2007 2:20:49 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Lee's Summit Journal ^ | July 3, 2007 | Drayton Riley
    Many who read this were born and raised in the United States. Native patriotism, embedded from early childhood experiences of flag and fireworks, parades and anthems, is a home-bred version. It resides deeply and passionately but even today on July 4, for many patriotism is an expression of gratitude shaped by birthright, not by choice. There are exceptions. For instance, this account of a Lee's Summit man's bravery, wisdom and resourcefulness...a man who saw America fundamentally for its abundant opportunity at a time when most Americans could only see their country's flaws - a man whose gratitude burned so fervently...
  • Gov. ARNOLD gives historic flag of S. Vietnam an official wave

    08/06/2006 12:36:10 PM PDT · by ALOHA RONNIE · 40 replies · 1,920+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 8/06/2006 | Natalya Shulyakovskaya
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  • First Vietnamese-American to Serve as a Military Advisor to the New Iraqi Army

    07/18/2006 4:46:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 1,180+ views
    PRWEB ^ | Jul 8, 2006
    (PRWEB) July 8, 2006 -- As Independence weekend celebrations spread throughout the United States, V.I.P. Promotions Founder/CEO Tommy Nero interviewed U.S. Army Captain James Van Thach while he was spending his July 4th, weekend deployed to Baghdad, Iraq on his first overseas tour of duty. "It's so unusual these days, Captain Thach, to find young people even thinking about devoting their lives to something greater than themselves May I ask why you volunteered to join the Infantry after finishing Touro Law School?" "Mr. Nero, there are higher callings in life than just focusing on building a very comfortable lifestyle for...
  • Iraq Massacre Can't Shake Vietnamese- American Support for U.S. Troops

    06/21/2006 10:23:32 PM PDT · by Toidylop · 17 replies · 750+ views
    New America Media ^ | June 13, 2006 | Andrew Lam
    Editor's Note: Though many Vietnamese-Americans see parallels between My Lai and Haditha, most remain solidly behind President Bush's policy in Iraq. Andrew Lam is a New America Media editor and the author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora" (Heyday Books, 2005). SAN FRANCISCO--Of all ethnic groups in America, the most conservative and pro-war is undoubtedly the Vietnamese. While San Francisco was flooded with anti-war demonstrators during the U.S. invasion of Iraq in April 2002, Vietnamese in Orange County marched to support the U.S. troops. "We Love Our Troops," was one of two signs that hung in front of...
  • Vietnamese immigrants proud to call America home

    05/24/2006 6:04:26 PM PDT · by SJackson · 43 replies · 583+ views
    Winona Post ^ | 5-24-06 | Brian P. Heilman
    Vietnamese immigrants proud to call America home By Brian P. Heilman       This is the third and final installment in a series examining local efforts at reconciliation in the extended wake of the Vietnam War. The two previous articles focused on area veterans who have returned to Vietnam in a spirit of mutual support and forgiveness. This final article addresses the Vietnamese immigrant population in Minnesota, shedding light upon the rewards and challenges facing new Americans.* * * Sure, KimChau Ngo was different from the other members of her graduating class at Winona Senior High School. Ngo was,...
  • University to keep Vietnamese flag flying

    05/01/2006 6:56:31 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 22 replies · 635+ views
    UPI ^ | 05/01/06
    ARLINGTON, Texas, May 1 (UPI) -- The University of Texas at Arlington says the flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will stay in a hall where the countries of students are represented. "The flags have nothing to do with the nations or the governments," a spokesman, Bob Wright, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "They represent the students. We feel that we want to treat both groups equally. We really feel it is the American thing to do." About 3,000 people, most of them Vietnamese-Americans, protested Sunday. They were joined by veterans of the Vietnam War. Sunday was the 31st...
  • Grieving Mother Holds One Last Wish for Son--

    02/09/2006 4:14:37 AM PST · by quentin · 46 replies · 1,155+ views
    washingtonpost.com ^ | February 9, 2006 | Karin Brulliard
    A weeping Kim-Hoan Thi Nguyen kissed her 7-year-old son goodbye at the Ho Chi Minh airport and told him it would be a long time before they would be together again. Little Binh Le boarded the plane and flew off to the States, where his mother hoped he would flourish. It was 1991. She next saw Le when he visited Vietnam at 12. He cooked her french fries. He visited again when he was 18 and a recent graduate of Edison High School in Fairfax County. They had a party. Their next reunion came in December 2004. At his funeral,...
  • TRAN to run for state Senate seat (1st Vietnamese-American Legislator)

    01/17/2006 7:25:14 AM PST · by ALOHA RONNIE · 6 replies · 844+ views
    Orange County Register ^ | 1/17/2005 | Hanh Kim Quach
    . 30 years ago, exactly, after the fall of Saigon a 10 year old Cub Scout named VAN TRAN came to America speaking only 2 words of English. 1 year ago, exactly, VAN TRAN entered the California State Legislature as a State Assemblyman. Next year = The California State Senate .
  • Tran Blasts Dean: Calls for Solidarity in Iraq

    12/08/2005 5:22:46 AM PST · by ALOHA RONNIE · 137 replies · 4,319+ views
    California State Assemblyman Van Tran Press Release ^ | 12/06/2005 | California State Assemblyman Van Tran
  • Vietnamese evacuees seek aid at Asian mall (FEMA, Red Cross say "wait")

    10/01/2005 12:29:02 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 11 replies · 346+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 1, 2005 | EDWARD HEGSTROM
    Just when the flood of Vietnamese evacuees from Katrina started to subside, a wave of Vietnamese Rita victims showed up at a popular Asian mall in southwest Houston this week. "We had 200 people outside our door (Tuesday) morning," said Tram Nguyen, with Boat People S.O.S., an organization that, through its office in the Hong Kong City Mall on Bellaire, has led the effort to help Vietnamese evacuees. Nguyen estimates there are more than 500 Vietnamese evacuees from Rita in Houston. Nearly 5,000 Vietnamese live in Port Arthur and Beaumont, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As with the Vietnamese...
  • Language barrier nearly a fatal obstacle for Vietnamese man (couldn't understand Katrina warning)

    09/11/2005 6:19:29 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 27 replies · 596+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | Sun, Sep. 11, 2005 | BETH MUSGRAVE
    GULFPORT, Miss. - (KRT) - A Vietnamese man who spent five days in a wrecked fishing boat before being saved told rescuers he did not understand the evacuation orders issued before Hurricane Katrina. And not knowing how to get help nearly killed him and another man, rescuers said. Many fear that without translated information the area's largest non-English speakers - the Vietnamese and Latino communities - could be more at risk than their English-speaking neighbors to a litany of health problems, from carbon-monoxide poisoning from generators to skin rashes and gastrointestinal problems from drinking unclean water. "It's disconcerting that there...
  • Vietnamese Americans Use Their Media as Katrina Lifeline

    09/10/2005 8:13:48 AM PDT · by budanski · 12 replies · 705+ views
    pacific news service ^ | Sep 09, 2005 | Andrew Lam
    Editor's Note: The Vietnamese American community relies heavily on their own mass media in times of crisis, and the Katrina hurricane accentuates how indispensable it is. SAN FRANCISCO--When the levee broke in New Orleans and water rose to his knees at the Lavang Church in Versailles, a small town outside of New Orleans, Father Vien Nguyen reached for the phone. He did not call CNN or 911. Instead, he called Saigon Television Broadcasting Network to report that dozens of elderly Vietnamese were taking shelter in his church and to ask for help. At a time when America was wringing its...
  • A Center of Solace for Families

    09/10/2005 6:47:15 AM PDT · by angkor · 2 replies · 269+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 9, 2005 | Evelyn Nieves
    Storm Takes Community Back to Its Beginnings, but Buddhist Temple Offers Hope BILOXI, Miss., Sept. 8 -- It took 30 years for Vietnamese refugees to turn a homely corner of Biloxi into a thriving neighborhood -- and 13 hours of Katrina to send them back to the day they came here. Much of the neighborhood is either leveled or broken beyond repair. The My Viet Supermarket is gone. The Chi-Kim-Lien fashion boutique -- gone. Gone too is the marquee restaurant, Xuan Huong, which took up half a block of Division Street and brought tourists into the neighborhood from all over...
  • Vietnamese evacuees shun shelters - Sticking together cuts them off from government aid

    09/10/2005 6:36:51 AM PDT · by angkor · 80 replies · 1,825+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 9, 2005 | EDWARD HEGSTROM
    With Vietnamese evacuees continuing to pour into Houston, some Asian representatives worry the community may be trying to do too much on its own. The uncounted thousands of Vietnamese storm victims are not going to the Astrodome or the George R. Brown Convention Center to seek help from the government, leaders say. Instead, many gather at Hong Kong City Mall on Bellaire, a privately run mall where they are being connected with ample free food and housing from fellow Vietnamese — help that cannot last indefinitely. "The problem is, because the Vietnamese are not in the shelters, they are not...
  • Punch may cost Vietnamese man U.S. residency (and his life)

    07/09/2005 7:16:09 AM PDT · by pabianice · 16 replies · 761+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/9/05 | Emerling
    A Vietnamese immigrant is facing deportation after punching a high-ranking Vietnamese official visiting Washington late last month. Tuan Phuoc Le, 34, of Atlanta, punched in the face Nguyen Quoc Huy, vice chairman of the Prime Minister's Office for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, during a protest at the Willard InterContinental Hotel on June 21, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in the District. Mr. Le said Mr. Huy "was a communist" and "he killed my U.S. Marine father in Vietnam," court records show. Ernestine Fobbs, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said legal immigrants...
  • Protesters heckle Vietnamese prime minister [In Seattle.]

    06/20/2005 3:28:20 AM PDT · by familyop · 16 replies · 939+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER ^ | 20JUN05 | JESSICA BLANCHARD
    The first day of a historic U.S. visit by Vietnam's prime minister had a rocky start yesterday, as hundreds of noisy protesters lined the street outside his Seattle hotel and others heckled him at an afternoon news conference. Images from Phan Van Khai's visit." Phan Van Khai, the first Vietnamese prime minister to visit the United States in the 30 years since the Vietnam War ended, yesterday kicked off his weeklong, multistate tour by urging Vietnamese emigres to help strengthen relations between the two nations. Vietnamese Americans must recognize they "have the same roots," Khai said through an interpreter. "The...
  • Vietnam's Premier Met With Protests As U.S. Visit Starts - (American Vietnamese angry)

    06/20/2005 8:30:46 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 353+ views
    NEW YORK SUN.COM ^ | JUNE 20, 2005 | JOSH GERSTEIN - Staff Reporter
    The prime minister of Vietnam was met by angry protests and sharp questions about human rights as he kicked off a historic week-long visit to America with a stop in Seattle yesterday. A contingent of about 300 Vietnamese emigres demonstrated outside a downtown hotel as the communist leader, Phan Van Khai, conducted a press conference inside, police said. A police spokeswoman, Christie-Lynne Bonner, described the demonstrators as "pro-democracy." Some critics of Mr. Khai carried banners denouncing the regime in Hanoi. The protesters shouted "Down with Communists" and some carried signs that read, "Khai Is Another Saddam Hussein," the Associated Press...
  • Old Vietnam War Friends Meet in Grocery

    06/09/2005 7:52:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,151+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 9, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SEATTLE (AP) -- A Vietnam veteran's chance trip to a grocery store and his distinctive, almost shrill voice have reunited two friends who faded from each other's lives more than 30 years ago. It happened a few weeks ago when Wesley Fisk, 63, was in the checkout line at a north Seattle store, chatting with friends. A diminutive man who was bagging groceries sidled up to Fisk and pulled on his sleeve. ''I used my quiet voice,'' said Thin Binh, 58. ''I said, 'Are you Fisk?''' Fisk searched the man's face, found nothing familiar, and scanned down to his name...
  • A day of shame - Area Vietnamese, vets mark 30 years since Saigon's fall

    04/30/2005 4:35:07 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies · 607+ views
    Whittier Daily News ^ | April 29, 2005 | Jason Kosareff
    Bitter memories of the fall of Saigon, signifying the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago today, will be shared quietly among Vietnamese refugees in homes, cafes and restaurants across America. Public demonstrations are planned in Washington, D.C., and Vietnamese-American enclaves like Westminster. The San Gabriel Valley is home to 41,300 Vietnamese Americans, or 46 percent of the county's Vietnamese-American population, including ethnic mixes from that country. In one Rosemead Vietnamese restaurant, a group of men talked recently about what it was like seeing their country torn apart by civil war and arriving in America penniless and broken-hearted. The...
  • Professor- 'Vietnam syndrome' returns as nation deals with Iraq war

    03/19/2005 7:09:01 AM PST · by hispanarepublicana · 11 replies · 900+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | 3-19-05 | John Reynolds
    BY JOHN REYNOLDS AVALANCHE-JOURNAL The United States lost the war in Vietnam in part because the U.S. people ultimately came to hate the war and hate themselves because of the war. That legacy, according to Cornell University professor Keith Taylor, is important because it continues to permeate how the U.S. public approaches military conflicts 30 years after the fall of Saigon. Taylor was one of several speakers who addressed aspects of the Vietnam War's legacy on the second day of the fifth triennial Vietnam Symposium. The symposium is held by Texas Tech's Vietnam Center, which also maintains the largest non-governmental...
  • What it means to live in America

    03/16/2005 2:28:25 PM PST · by NorCoGOP · 18 replies · 1,143+ views
    Tufts Daily (Tufts U.) ^ | 3/15/05 | Loi To
    MEDFORD, Mass. -- Every Saturday and Sunday morning since the beginning of this semester my alarm clock has shrilled at exactly seven in the morning. Rain or shine, energetic or tired, hung-over or sober, I have committed myself to getting up, putting on a shirt and tie and making the almost hour-long trek from my house to Dorchester, Mass. In Dorchester I teach English to a group of seventeen Vietnamese immigrants all of whom have been in the United States for less than three years. The organization I work at, The Vietnamese American Civic Association (VACA), has a mission "to...
  • Vietnamese-Americans For Fair Immigration

    03/03/2005 1:24:14 PM PST · by MaineVoter2002 · 14 replies · 460+ views
    Vietnamese-Americans Against Illegal Immigration http://www.fairimmigration.com/id3.html Vietnamese will be treated fairly and no longer be discriminated against by the U.S. Government if it does the following: 1. Enforce all immigration laws. At a minimum these enforcement measures should include: A) Businesses should be required to check the validity of new employees Social Security or work permit numbers. B) Local and state law enforcement officers should verify the citizenship and immigration status of everyone they apprehend. Every illegal alien they apprehend should be detained and transferred to the Homeland Security Departments ICE division for deportation. 2. Children born to illegal aliens and...
  • Catholic Parishes Flourish in Southern U.S.

    02/09/2005 3:49:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 3,926+ views
    Charlotte, Feb. 09, 2005 (CNA) - The Catholic Church in the southern U.S. is flourishing and growing at an impressive rate. But its rebirth in the historical Protestant Bible Belt is not only about numbers in the pews, but the creation of a Catholic culture and a strict adherence to Catholic teachings, says a report by journalist Tim Padgett. Catholics make up about 12 percent of the South’s population. While still quite low, Catholics saw growth of almost 30 percent in the 1990s, compared with less than 10 percent for Baptists, who make up the area’s largest denomination. Reported Padgett....
  • Fallen hero receives his wish - citizenship

    02/04/2005 4:43:17 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 15 replies · 547+ views
    Henderson Hall News ^ | February 4, 2005 | Sgt. Melvin Lopez Jr
    Fifty-five days after he gave his life defending his post from a would-be suicide bomber, Cpl. Binh Ngoc Le was posthumously awarded U.S. citizenship during a ceremony here at the Henderson Hall Theatre Jan. 27. Since the birth of our nation, many people have come to America from different walks of life for numerous reasons. Whatever the motive, those who have sought citizenship here became part of a group of millions of immigrants who have declared in one voice, "I am an American." Eduardo Aguirre, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, presents a posthumous citizenship award to Cpl. Binh...
  • A shift for Vietnamese (ELECTION OF S.J. SCHOOL TRUSTEE MARKS GROUP'S PUSH TO FIND VOICE)

    12/21/2004 12:20:54 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 230+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Mon, Dec. 20, 2004 | Jon Fortt
    When Lan Nguyen entered Andrew Hill High School as a sophomore in 1984, he had about two years to learn English, graduate and adjust to life outside the homeland he had fled in the bottom of a fishing boat. Twenty years later, Nguyen is the first Vietnamese-American trustee in the school district he entered as a refugee. The soft-spoken social services analyst represents a dramatic shift in a community that once largely ignored local politics, focusing its energy instead on fighting communism abroad.
  • VAN TRAN - 1st Vietnamese-American Legislator takes Oath of Office

    12/08/2004 7:36:30 PM PST · by ALOHA RONNIE · 27 replies · 1,349+ views
    The Orange County Register ^ | 12/07/2004 | John Gittelson
    . NEVER FORGET On Monday December 6, 2004 at 11:00 am the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court RON GEORGE gleefully administered the Oath of Office to the 1st Vietnamese-American to enter a State Legislature... ...one VAN TRAN. His Oath of Office to the California State Assembly was administered in the Governor's Press Conference Room across the hallway from Gov. ARNOLD's Office. December 6, 2004 = One giant step towards Freedom's Return to Vietnam. Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer - A Vietnam Veteran Witness NEVER FORGET .
  • (Vietnamese American) Marine's Funeral a Sad Fulfillment of a Dream

    12/08/2004 5:59:10 PM PST · by cutiedieuvan · 15 replies · 837+ views
    Washington Post , http://www.marines.mil/marinelink/mcn2000.nsf/oif ^ | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 | By Rosalind S. Helderman
    WASHINGTON--Binh N. Le had not been back to the land of his birth since coming to the United States with an aunt and uncle at age 4, leaving his parents behind. So in 2002, after graduating from suburban Edison High School and before joining the Marine Corps, Le made a joyous pilgrimage to Vietnam to visit his mother and father. Recently, he told one of his aunts in the United States that when he returned from his second tour in Iraq in April, they would make the trip together. But Le, a 20-year-old corporal from suburban Alexandria, Va., was killed...
  • American Success Story - The Designer of the new Mustang is...Vietnamese!

    11/22/2004 12:19:23 PM PST · by frankenMonkey · 131 replies · 4,747+ views
    Various News sources ^ | 11/22/2004 | frankenMonkey
    Ford Motor Co. said Friday that its head of advanced product development Chris Theodore will retire December 1, to be succeeded in the job by Hua Thai-Tang who led the development of the 2005 Mustang. Hau Thai-Tang, 38, consolidates Theodore's job with that of the Special Vehicle Team (SVT). Thai-Tang will report to Martens. John Coletti continues as director of the Special Vehicle Team and will report to Thai-Tang. Besides the new Mustang, Thai-Tang developed the special edition Bullitt Mustang off the previous vehicle. It was a white Mustang fastback with racing decals, probably a 1968 or 1969, that captured...
  • First Vietnamese-American lawmaker is object of pride and (Communist death) threats

    11/07/2004 2:17:10 PM PST · by TapTheSource · 45 replies · 885+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 4, 2004 | BEN FOX
    Nov 4, 3:02 AM EST First Vietnamese-American lawmaker is object of pride and threats By BEN FOX Associated Press Writer WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- 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...
  • **Former Bob DORNAN-Aide Elected 1st Vietnamese-American in CAL State Legislature (TRAN)**

    11/04/2004 10:43:38 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 38 replies · 1,036+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4 November 2004 | Ben Fox, (AP)
    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...
  • Why Vietnamese-Americans Will Not Vote For Senator Kerry

    10/31/2004 12:45:01 PM PST · by freedom44 · 13 replies · 472+ views
    Winter Solider ^ | 10/31/04 | Nam Pham
    Senator John F. Kerry has touted his Vietnam experience as a key qualification for being president. Ironically, and precisely because of his Vietnam experience, I will join most Vietnamese Americans in opposing his candidacy. Ever since Lieutenant Kerry chased and executed a wounded communist guerrilla more than 30 years ago, he has done everything in his power to support the communist regime's efforts to strangle human rights and democracy in Vietnam. Senator Kerry has also become one of the most loyal boosters of Hanoi's interests in America. The victorious communists of Vietnam have publicly and repeatedly over the years thanked...
  • Why Vietnamese-Americans Will Not Vote For Senator Kerry

    10/30/2004 6:40:22 PM PDT · by upyours53 · 11 replies · 582+ views
    Senator John F. Kerry has touted his Vietnam experience as a key qualification for being president. Ironically, and precisely because of his Vietnam experience, I will join most Vietnamese Americans in opposing his candidacy. Ever since Lieutenant Kerry chased and executed a wounded communist guerrilla more than 30 years ago, he has done everything in his power to support the communist regime's efforts to strangle human rights and democracy in Vietnam. Senator Kerry has also become one of the most loyal boosters of Hanoi's interests in America. The victorious communists of Vietnam have publicly and repeatedly over the years thanked...
  • Open letter to Vietnamese-Americans, Vietnam and other Veterans concerning the upcoming elections

    10/27/2004 3:09:49 AM PDT · by lancer · 15 replies · 973+ views
    E-mail | 10/26/04 | Mike Benge
    From Mike Benge Former VN POW, '68-73 Many people including Vietnamese-Americans, Vietnam and other Veterans and others, especially the younger generation, know very little about the Vietnam War. Even the Vietnam Veterans by and large knew little more than a microcosm of what was going on other than their little part of "Hell." Almost everyone has seen the picture of the South Vietnamese General summarily executing a Viet Cong, but was never told that this VC was part of a special assassination unit that had just finished cutting off the legs of the dependents, wives and children, in the police...
  • Little Saigon leads the Way: Cools to KERRY

    10/23/2004 10:58:15 AM PDT · by ALOHA RONNIE · 43 replies · 1,420+ views
    . NEVER FORGET Those who fought for their Freedom and had it taken right out from under them... UNDERSTAND..!!! Little Saigon is now leading the fight against JOHN KERRY's push to kill Freedom once again, right here in the good old USA. Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer of Little Saigon / Van Tran for Assembly Campaign NEVER FORGET
  • LITTLE SAIGON VOTERES NOT EMBRACING KERRY (VIETNAMESE AMERICANS)

    10/21/2004 7:48:08 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 13 replies · 505+ views
    WINS News ^ | 10/21/04
    WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- In the teeming markets and cafes of Little Saigon, generational changes and misgivings over his policies have weakened President Bush's support among Vietnamese-Americans. Still, few are embracing his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry.Most people in the nation's largest Vietnamese community respect that Kerry, unlike Bush, risked his life and fought the communists during the Vietnam War. It's what Kerry did when he returned from the battlefield that angers them.Many resent Kerry for protesting the Vietnam War as a young veteran and later, as a senator, engaging with Vietnam's communist leaders and not taking a tougher stance...
  • Little Saigon voters aren't rushing to embrace John Kerry

    10/21/2004 2:29:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies · 606+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | October 21, 2004 | TERENCE CHEA
    WESTMINSTER, Calif. - Here in the teeming markets and cafes of Little Saigon, the shifting political loyalties of Vietnamese American voters are evident when conversation turns to November's presidential election. Westminister and neighboring Garden Grove, which make up the nation's largest Vietnamese community, have long been Republican strongholds, but generational changes and misgivings over President Bush's policies have weakened GOP support among Vietnamese Americans. Still, despite concerns about Bush, the Iraq war and a lackluster economy, few are rushing to embrace his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, who has made his Vietnam War military service a centerpiece of his presidential...
  • Vietnamese Americans mostly ignore 'war hero' Kerry, support Bush

    10/17/2004 11:50:47 PM PDT · by ProgressiveAmerican · 10 replies · 464+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct 17, 04 | AFP
    FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Oct 17 (AFP) - White House aspirant John Kerry is hailed by his Democratic Party as a Vietnam War hero but the senator is waging an uphill battle convincing 1.5 million Vietnamese Americans to vote for him ...
  • Vietnamese Americans mostly ignore 'war hero' Kerry, support Bush

    10/16/2004 7:58:46 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 23 replies · 509+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/17/04
    FALLS CHURCH, Virginia, Oct 17 (AFP) - White House aspirant John Kerry is hailed by his Democratic Party as a Vietnam War hero but the senator is waging an uphill battle convincing 1.5 million Vietnamese Americans to vote for him. Many of them are expected to vote for incumbent George W. Bush in the November 2 presidential polls because decorated naval officer Kerry returned from combat to denounce the United States for going to war against then communist North Vietnam, community leaders say. Another reason Vietnamese Americans are reluctant to vote for Kerry, who spent four months in South Vietnam,...
  • And now a word from the 'dominoes'(Vietnamese Americans)

    10/16/2004 9:01:35 AM PDT · by hipaatwo · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Phillydotcom ^ | Oct. 15, 2004 | MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE
    DURING THE Vietnam War, John Kerry testified before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee panel that an investigation conducted by Kerry and his group, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, revealed that U.S. soldiers committed atrocities in Vietnam. The investigation was called Winter Soldier. Now that Kerry wants to be president, some of his former military colleagues say they still resent his allegations. They believe that Kerry slandered his colleagues as war criminals merely as a pretext for gaining support for the withdrawal of troops from Vietnam. They believe he was pandering to those who said the "domino theory" was not valid,...