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April 18, 1999: Day 5 of the majority of none: Changing face of the future. The 1999 rankings of top Silicon Valley companies by San Jose Mercury News. A  month after anti-communist protests overwhelmed Little Saigon, Gov. Gray Davis met with leaders of Orange County's Vietnamese community, saying he agreed with their concerns over human rights violations in Vietnam but still supports strong trade relations details by L.A. Times.

Her English Is Broken, but Not Her Spirit by L.A. Times. Over there, under a Communist government, you didn't have much freedom, especially as a worker, she says. The boss had all the power. The last thing an employee did was challenge the boss. About a year into the job, she says, Happy Nails owner Henry Huynh began making sexually suggestive remarks to her and occasionally touching her inappropriately. Vu says she felt powerless.Last week, an Orange County jury awarded her $383,400 in damages. It found Huynh liable for battery in the incident in which Vu alleged he grabbed her arm. The jury deadlocked 8 to 4 in her favor--one short of the number needed to find liability--on charges of sexual harassment, sexual discrimination and retaliation in firing her.

April 17, 1999: Day 4: Education: Educators respond to more diversity with inclusion, interaction. Davis talks In his first meeting Friday with Orange County Vietnamese residents since his election, Gov. Gray Davis said America can trade with Vietnam just as it did with its World War II rivals Germany and Japan. "We should not do business with people and turn a blind eye to blatant human-rights violations," said Davis, a Vietnam veteran. "Thirty years ago I was in Vietnam myself," Davis said. Details by O.C. Register.

"April 30th: The Fall of Saigon" Remembrance Day Friday April 30, 1999, 7pm - 11pm Cesar Chavez Park, Downtown San Jose, by Youth Network with 26 organizations so far. Press Release.

April 16, 1999: Day 3, Power: Politics and the workplace. Vietnamese Americans aren't disrespecting America by flying the flag of their homeland. I understand why it galls American-born citizens, but that doesn't make it any less pointless. When the Podunk Marching Band from Iowa unfurls its banner in the annual Rose Parade, we don't cringe. What's so frightening about a Mexican flag or a Vietnamese flag? Run Them All Down the Flagpole and See Who Salutes.

Westminster Council refusal to again allow South Vietnam banners next to Old Glory hints at growing ethnic rift. Mayor Frank Fry Jr. and Councilman Tony Lam supported the flag proposal, while council members Joy L. Neugebauer, Margie L. Rice and Kermit Marsh opposed it. Rice, however, said she would change her vote if the flags flew for just one day. Proponents said they intend to bring such a plan to the next City Council meeting. "It's a symbol for everybody that fought, myself included," Lam said. It is inextricably tied, he said, to memories of "the day that we lost . . . the lives of loved ones on the high seas escaping Vietnam."

April 15, 1999: Day 2 of San Jose Mercury News special reports on diversity: Sorting out an identity. Westminster city council voted down the request to hang South Vietnamese and American flag together on the light poles by 3 to 2 (Tony Lam and Mayor Fry yes). While the city perhaps three to two majority is contemplating some measures of business signs in Little Saigon. The trend is for sure to be watched for by Little Saigonese in Orange County, Calif.

Westminster does not have its own website - compare to most cities of California and the names of those elected officials who run the city: Mayor Frank G. Fry, Jr., Mayor Pro Tem Tony Lam, Councilmembers: Kermit Marsh, Joy L. Neugebauer, Margie Rice. Here is the links to cities of California.

A Newport Beach man has proposed recalling all five members of the Westminster City Council, a statement that drew anger and defiance from officials. "Go for it," Councilman Kermit Marsh told Long Kim Pham. "You now face me at your peril. Today you have made an enemy."He said he might be willing to drop the effort against some members depending on their response by L.A Times.

Also Kermit Marsh, the runner-up in last City Council election, was chosen to be the newest council member. Marsh, a 33-year-old attorney, is filling the vacancy left by the resignation of former Councilwoman Margaret Shillington. Shillington resigned shortly after the election, citing family reasons. The council had two weeks to choose her successor. The 13 applicants were Edward L. Crone, Robert J. Crossley, Earl W. French, J. Allen King, Kermit Marsh, Dan Charles Maka'ena, Harry F. McLachlan, John McShane, Jo Porter, George H. Robertson, Helena.

April 14, 1999: Articles in foreign policy: China future Understanding: Promoting Freedom and Protecting American Security by Stephen J. Yates and Should America involve in Third World?: America in the Third World: Strategic Alternatives and Military Implications by Steven Metz.

Governor to discuss human rights, trade issues with about 15 community leaders. The home of Little Saigon considers requiring English subtitles on business signs. Westminster officials are studying other cities' sign regulations and plan to huddle with business owners before they vote.

The issue could be up for discussion at a City Council meeting April 27. Westminster officials are considering several options that would not infringe on First Amendment rights to freedom of expression, said Deputy City     Attorney Kimberly Hall Barlow."There's a cluster of signs everywhere you go. I don't even look at them," said Tadesse, 32, who     was heading back to Santa Barbara with two bags of Vietnamese compact discs and Calvin Klein T-shirts. "I enjoy sticking my head into all the stores. That's what makes this place unique."

Special reports on diversity for 5 days in Santa Clara County by San Jose Mercury News with extra on web pagesDiversity hits home. With minorities on the verge of becoming the majority, Santa Clara County prepares for a new age of race relations. County has the opportunity to become a role model By midyear, Santa Clara County is predicted to be 49 percent white, 24 percent Hispanic, 23 percent Asian and 4 percent black, according to the state Department of Finance's demographic research unit. It  will join Alameda, Monterey and San Francisco as among the newest of the 237 counties in the nation that are ``majority-minority.'' But depending on where you live or work, or how old you are, your world may already be majority-minority.

April 13, 1999:Westminster city council considering a proposal to display American and Vietnamese flags on light poles along Bolsa Avenue from April 24 to May 1. Both sides of the issue agree that South Vietnamese and American. flags can fly together.  "The yellow flag of South Vietnam doesn't represent the state, because there is no South Vietnamese government anymore, but it represents the idealism of over 75 million people in Vietnam," Le said. "By educating the young Vietnamese about the Vietnamese history and about human-rights conditions now, we help them have a better chance to understand the American involvement in Kosovo." patriotism can exist side by side.

April 12, 1999: The Youth Fair, organized by the Youth Movement for Vietnam in Little Saigon, Orange County, brought together members of about 30 Vietnamese American organizations for a largely pro-democracy event. Including Roman Catholic and Buddhist youth groups. They paid homage to the sufferings of the past in Vietnam, but touted the opportunities of the future in the United States. They honored the dead--posting 10,000 names on a memorial wall.

2,000 rally in Portland for Vietnam rights. On Saturday April 3, in Madison High School stadium. Binh Quoc Huynh, chairman of the Vietnamese American Community in Oregon -- which seeks to unite the state's approximately 22,000  Vietnameses. Some 2,000 people moved in and out of a four-hour rally called "Human Rights and Democracy in Vietnam." The program, follows similar gatherings and candlelight vigils this year in Orange County and San Jose, Calif., and in Houston.

Youth Network in San Jose announced on Vietnamese radio on the issue Mr. Hon's complaints and his stop to work toward one organizing committee Sunday afternoon. Main points presented were, Youth Network had a consultation meeting with both youth and students March 21 and a public meeting on March 30 with over 75 people attended. Mr. Hon was invited, came and left at the latter meeting. April 3, Mr. Hon announced on radio that he would also organized an event on April 30 while a date has been set for working toward one committee with Youth Network.

On the greeting segment with audiences on April 8, Youth Network representatives had to introduce themself. Further when wrong information was given they had to clarify. Then the host of the radio program asked about Youth Network activities and they had to answer. As of now Youth Network will continue a number of events for "the April 30" as planned and would welcome any assistance from anyone or any Vietnamese association, concluded in a meeting at 8 p.m -10:30 p.m, with at least 20 youth and student associations agreed to participate.


April 11, 1999: In an email communique from the Youth Network dated Friday Apri 9 to Mr. Huynh Hon, representative of the Community Group -offers were made that a desire to work together had to be acknowledged by Mr. Hon's party including a proposed date for meeting on Sunday or with the lastest  Monday April 12 since preparations for the event require a lot of times for a successful event. Terms of cooperation have to be spelled out  and signed in a written agreement witnesses by Vietnamese news people to avoid any misunderstanding and to maintain harmonious working relationships as the wish of San Jose Vietnamese community.

The communique also stressed that a meeting as such has to have an equal members represented on both sides and voting accordingly by an equal representing members only. Guests are allowed in the meeting but not to vote as well as to offer any statement due to time constraints. Camera and voice recording would also be added for meeting minutes accuracy. Further, an agenda proposed by each party for the meeting need to be declared in advance by each party. However, early Saturday morning yesterday, as reported, Mr. Hon's party rejected any further meetings to become one organizing committee in the coming April 30th event in San Jose.

In earlier meeting April 7th, according to the Youth Network, a communique was sent to Mr. Hon to request an agenda for the meeting and also proposed an equal number of representatives. But after numerous failed attempts to contact Mr. Hon and after at least 4 days later Mr. Hon answered and proposed to meet later in the evening of April 7, without indication of any number of people to be attended including any workable agenda.

Though Mr. Hon was given the number of Youth Network members to be in the meeting. "when we came to the meeting there were more people on their side than ours. Agreed was made on who was allowed to vote, but later when time to vote needed, they said everyone in the meeting was o.k. to vote." "Nevertheless, joint organizing committee was reached and the next day we went to the radio of their choice for the announcement of unity". Statement made by Mr. Hon's fax yesterday refused further working relationships stated the Youth Network broke the agreement by talking about Youth Network activities during the radio show. Saturday morning verbal attacks Youth Network were continuing heard on Vietnamese radio. So far no response from Youth Network on the short lived unity.

In other news, More than 1,000 people are expected to attend a daylong fair today designed to promote activism among young Vietnamese, to give non-Vietnamese an opportunity to learn about human-rights violations in Vietnam. The Youth Movement for Vietnam event, at Santa Ana College from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Made up of 30 Vietnamese youth organizations, grew in the aftermath of nearly two months of protests against a Little Saigon video merchant's display of communist icons. By O.C. Register.

April 10, 1999: Latest news: Hope for unity in San Jose has gone astray. The willingness of Youth Network to work for one event on April 30 was rejected by the Youth Community Group today by a single fax document without any further communication. The rejection was based on a single accusation that would be able to resolve easily by sitting down to clarify terms of cooperation according to Youth Network. Details would follow later.

Watch your house and lock all doors. Police put South S.J. put on alert after thefts and robbery in Santa Clara of $2 million.

April 9, 1999: Plans for joint organizing the commemoration of "April 30, 1975" started with a positive note when joinly announced in Vietnamese radio that cooperation and unity was reached, by the Youth Network, who organized the Friday night vigil March 5 in San Jose and the Community Group who was also organized March 12 rally in San Jose now become uncertain.

Bogged down in differences of certain details of cooperation after a lenghtly negotiation and awkward situation when one party attacked verbally the other and grand standing at the start of the meeting last Tuesday. In the end cooperation was reached to unify the organizing committee desired by San Jose Vietnamese Community - one event and one organizing committee.

The supposed unified committe intended to meet last night to further the event details was postponed, gave doubt to -the one committee and one event commemoration of April 30 in San Jose. Whether the coming meetings would go forward at all, we'll have to wait and see!

April 8, 1999: China and issues to watch for in foreign policy. Details.

April 7, 1999:The U.S. Army Ranger Assn. asked for City Council permission to hang American and South Vietnamese flags on light poles along Bolsa Avenue later this month to commemorate the fall of Saigon--April 30, 1975. At least one City Council member opposed, and return to the Westminster city council next week for final council approval.

Reported by San Jose Mercury News -In U.S. Rep. Sanchez meetings with Vietnamese government officials and religious leaders, she said, the Orange County situation was mentioned only in passing. Instead, Sanchez said during a wide-ranging interview in Ho Chi Minh City, the principal issues on her trip were human rights, religious freedoms and immigration. ``I've been very blunt with the Vietnamese, and if they're smart they know my record on human rights,'' she said. ``Now is the time to get movement from them on human rights -- before we get full-blown and complete normalization.''

One official close to the trade talks said he found Sanchez's program ``obstructionist,'' ``nonsense'' and ``naive political  posturing.'' ``The purpose was not necessarily to get the prisoners released,'' she said. ``The real purpose was to engage my colleagues . . . and slow down the normalization process. This happens to be very important to constituents of mine.'' "The cardinal in Hanoi wants the church to have their own newsletter,'' she said. ``I asked one government guy about it and he had no answer.''

April 6, 1999: Who's who in the Balkans by Washington Post. NATO strikes Yugoslav army headquarters and ammunition factory. Meanwhile, Western nations agree to accept 100,000 refugees from Kosovo. Military hardware guide (BBC). Countries Stand on the crisis (BBC). U.S State Department situation reports.

Sanchez met Thursday with Dr. Nguyen Dan Que, a prominent dissident released from prison in September. They were at his middle-class home on the edge of Ho Chi Minh City when a commotion erupted outside "We were having a good conversation," Sanchez said. "All of a sudden we heard a lot of noise out front and the doorbell rang. Somebody yelled over the fence that it was the secret police." The stranger finally gave up when Que's family would not let him in. Sanchez said she got the same feeling when she went to the home of Le Quang Liem, a Buddhist monk known to be an outspoken government critic "He was pretty close lipped. My feeling was somebody had gotten to him," Sanchez said. Details O.C Register.

April 5, 1999: More than 3,000 Vietnamese Buddhists came on Saturday  April 3, to pay respect to Rev. Thich Dam Luu, died of cancer March 26 at the age of 67. The pagoda she built is one of the biggest in the U.S and one of the few run by women. The pagoda is on McLaughlin Avenue and Tully Road opened 5 years ago in San Jose. The funeral travel 2 miles long in the cold windy day to carry the body to Oak Hill memorial Park.


April 1, 1999: Lorreta anchez, US representative visiting Vietnam (D- Santa Ana) in an interview Wednesday from Ho Chi Minh City, said she was told there would be some "surprises" and "good information" about the list of 549 of the missing.Giving visiting U.S. dignitaries a commitment to provide information is standard for Vietnamese officials. But following through isn't. No mentioned of Sanchez discussed human rights issue as reported earlier in her support to Little Saigon protests last month. Westminster city council tours Little Saigon. Vietnamese first settlement in Orange County.

March 31, 1999: The meeting of about 60 participants represent youth groups and others Vietnamese organization lasted almost 3 hours last night at Vietnamese American Council on the theme and program activities for the commemoration of the "Black April 30, 1975" in San Jose, organized by the Youth Network - organizers of the rally on March 5, 1999 which at least 4,000 people attended at Lion Plaza on Tuly and King road. Projected population growth from USA Today from year 1997-2050 (in billion): India .97 to 1.53, China 1.24 to 1.52 and USA .27 to .39. India would even surpass China in population.

March 30, 1999: Youth Network will host a meeting at VAC tonight from 8 p.m - 10 p.m, re: commemoration of April 30, 1975, everyone is welcome. Pictures from  Freeviet, San Francisco rally - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

March 29, 1999: Leaders met for new plans in Little Saigon but many of the groups that organized the large-scale demontrations -- including the youth groups that sponsored a rally drawing 15,000 people--were not involved. Nor were leaders of rival political groups in Little Saigon.  Became bogged down trying to form an action plan. However, agreed to set up a central committee to coordinate efforts, but little else. Email virus "melissa" and do not open email saying important message -- delete it. More.



March 28, 1999: Thousands of people came to the "Night of Sacred Fired" at S.F city Hall last night to support the call for democracy in Vietnam. Entertainers including Mr. Viet Dzung and Ms. Giao Linh. The rally ends about 10:30 p.m. Hundreds of people also came to Vietnam Consulate  at 3 p.m, in S.F to demand Vietnam government free political prisoners, religious priests and monks detained. Hundreds of participants also came from San Jose in a school bus and private cars. Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Garden of San Jose has allowed S.F organizers to use the legendary the "Bronze drum" of ancient Vietnam for the call of freedom.

Reverend Dam Luu of Duc Vien pagoda on McLaughlin and Tuly road, San Jose passed away on March 26, 1999. Thousands of buddhists came to pay the last respect to Rev. Dam Luu today at Duc Vien Pagoda. Rev. Dam Luu was the main force behind the fundraising to finance the construction of Duc Vien Pagoda and the building is one of the remarkable Vietnamese American contribution to the scenes of San Jose Multicultural landscapes.

March 27, 1999: San Francisco rally 3:30 p.m - 5 p.m at Vietnam Consulate 1700 California Street, 5 p.m - 11 p.m at Civic center Plaza (S.F City Hall) with musical presentation by Viet Dzung, Duy Khanh etc... one free bus transportation provided by March 5 youth groups for seniors and former Vietnam prisoners, (departure at 2 p.m, at Lion Plaza) who called to register in advance (limited space available). Both in Little Saigon and San Jose, announcements in some radio channels have asked youth groups should not continue future rally and let experienced groups do it. The committee for the Protection of the Righteous Nationalists has organized a nation wide meeting in Little Saigon to contemplate future activities spearheaded by Mr. Ho Anh Tuan of Little Saigon.

Refinery explosion could become $2 gas in Silicon Valley, ``You could see (gasoline) at $2 within days,'' warned Herb Richards, owner of Coast Oil in San Jose, which owns Rotten Robbie stations.

March 26, 1999: The latest estimate on police overtime for the demonstrations outside a video store is about $200,000, City Manager Don Vestal said, while other city costs total about $30,000. The council approved the higher amount 0f $350,000, in expectation of receiving more bills.

March 25, 1999: Tony Lam vowed fighting the recall -financing by selling the house. Sunday 28, 1999, Vietnamese Professional Society (VPS) and VAC is organizing a tax seminar for Vietnamese community in San Jose at 1p.m to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcomed.

March 24, 1999: CouncilmanTony Lam helped councilman Marsh drafted the ever strongest resolution against communism by Westminster city council, it passed 5 - 0.  Called for termination of relations with Vietnam a "terrorist state," immediately, and to  restore the property of those in exile, and conduct free elections under United Nations supervision, among other things. Also, a 32-page booklet of facts and opinions to educate America about the evils of communism compiled by youth groups. San Jose "Light the fire of belief"  youth groups of March 5 rally have rented a bus to San Francisco on March 27 to support the rally in S.F this Saturday - the event would last all night.

March 23, 1999: City Council of Westminster's today meeting at 7 p.m would have a resolution opposing communism from Councilman Kermit Marsh. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 8200 Westminster Blvd. Information: (714) 898-3311.

March 22, 1999: Mixed feelings on the massive rally in Little Saigon: whether the voice of Vietnamese American would be stronger and endured? The difference this time might be the involvement of the younger generations and Nguyen Quoc Lan is betting on it. Would unity achievable with one voice? "I want them to realize that they need to make it work in reality," said Ly Khac Le, who is organizing today's meeting.

Nevertheless,  Vu-Duc Vuong thought otherwise "It was, react emotionally, rather than rationally," Vuong was the ex executive director of a non profit San Francisco based serving mostly Vietnamese, now teaching at S.F State University.  Vuong added, "The protests do not advance the cause of the Vietnamese in America." Details.

However, during the protests, Vietnamese chip in donation to Vietnam vet was praised, turned off by government grants, now raised $38,000. Hundreds of Vietnamese-Americans lined up to stuff a donation box with small bills. "They welcomed us with open arms," said Lawrence Sterling, 53, an Army Ranger in Vietnam."That day (in Little Saigon) changed my life." Details.

Hundreds of people came to Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Garden at 9 Street and Jackson, San Jose to commemorate the Trung sisters, the revered heroines of Vietnam yesterday afternoon. Also presenced Dr. Nguyen Xuan Ngai, recently back from Vietnam who was temporarily interrogated for his political activities in the U.S, considered unacceptable by Vietnam government  while he was on a mercy medical training to local health community there.

About 20 people including high school and university students came to VPAC office, San Jose to brainstorming ideas of how younger generation makes the difference in the Vietnamese community re: coming Black April 30.

A sour image when some protesters continued at Lam's restaurant without any justification acceptable by the majority, by L.A. Times, read perhaps by the thousands."Here in the new country, we have a word for that subtext: Baloney. (Actually, we have a couple of words, but that's the only one printable here.)

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