Friday, October 2, 2015

Friends of Hue Foundation Gala

Last Sunday, Friends of Hue Foundation held their annual gala at Dynasty Restaurant.  The event was sold out with 300 people attended an raised over $40,000 for the children of Central Vietnam to support their education programs and a  children's shelter.  FHF was started in 2000 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation.   

At the fund raising for FHF Gala last Sunday,  city councilmembers Tam Nguyen and Manh Nguyen gave the organization a commendation from Mayor Sam Liccardo as well as from their respective offices.   Councilmembers  Manh Nguyen ad Tam Nguyen also congratulate Jenny Do (Chairwoman) on her candidacy for D8.  

State assembly candidate Cong Do also spoke and praised FHF for its charity work in Vietnam.   Vy Truong, owner of Viet Tribune, shared her experience working with Jenny Do and praised her tremendous efforts in building  the shelter to its presence success.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Making of Garden Grove City Mayor Bao Nguyen

Bao Nguyen, who won the  mayoral race 10 months ago by 15 votes largely on the strength of the Vietnamese-American voters,  has been making headlines lately.

First, he decided to come out as the first gay Vietnamese-American elected official at the same time as he declared himself a congressional candidate to replace Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.  Two weeks later, he shared with  an on-duty cop late at night in front of his house how he despises his fellow councilmen Phat Bui and Steve Jones.   The conversation was recorded by the policeman.  

To many Vietnamese-Americans, he is quite arrogant when he refused to ask Riverside City to rescind the sister-relationship with a city in Vietnam.

He does not have a chance in the congressional race since he could not raise money and he does not even live in the district.   He will also have a tough time in the re-election.   Phat Bui and Steve Jones will likely run for the mayoral office.  

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Potential Candidates for San Jose City D8

Now we know that Attorney Jimmy Nguyen has declared himself to be the front runner (via Mercury News) in the city council race for D8, who else is considering?

Litigator Jenny Do has mentioned her intention.   Meanwhile, businesswoman Denise Belisle is rumored to be thinking hard about a possible run.  Jim Zito is another potential candidate that has his name floating in the mix.  But at the end of the day, the most prominent name is still Pattie Cortese. She is motivated to run before she left for her Italy vacation.  

Anyway, it is too early to tell for the campaign cannot be official until December when the fund raising can begin.  This is a district with high voter turnout.  In 2012, there were close to 32,000 ballots cast.  In comparison, D7 had no more than 15,000 ballots cast.

LSI expects the race to have at least 5 - 6 candidates.  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Attorney Jenny Do Runs for D8 City Council Seat

Overnight, the race for San Jose D8 city council seat just became exciting in the Vietnamese-American community.  Email was flying all night long in various e-groups as  Attorney Jenny Do mentioned her intention to run in around table discussion on air with Councilmember Tam Nguyen and  Council-elect Manh Nguyen last night.

A long time attorney, she is well known in the community and the philanthropic crowd.

Besides her legal practice focusing in health care insurance and compensation,  she founded the Green Rice Gallery in downtown San Jose.  The gallery provided a venue for Vietnamese-American artists. She was the curator for many well-received exhibitions around the San Francisco and Greater Bay Area. These exhibitions are designed to promote Vietnamese American arts and culture, as well as to raise awareness on social issues in the Asian-American community.   

She involves in South First Friday event to help promote downtown arts and culture in San Jose every first Friday of the month.

Her love for the arts also led her to run a very popular and successful wedding and special event design company in the Bay Area.   She recently sold the company for it grew too big where she could not effectively spend time on her legal work.

She has been a strong advocate against human trafficking before it became a nationally recognized issue.  She was a guest speaker at national conferences on human trafficking. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D) honored her with a special congressional recognition for her effort.

She also co-founded Homeowners in Action to help homeowners save their home against predatory practices by lenders during the housing crisis.   

In her spare time, she is responsible for Ao Dai Festival where she produces an elaborate production to showcase Vietnamese culture.  The bi-annual show attended by thousands of people and raised over $250,000 for a children shelter in Vietnam.  

She served on the Art Commission of San Jose and is currently a member of the American Leadership Forum in Silicon Valley.  The members of the forum include senior executives of hi-tech and biotech companies as well as political leaders like mayors of San Jose and Santa Clara County supervisors. 

For her philanthropic work in the community and her advocacy efforts, she was recognized as 2007 Woman of the Year in California for District 23,  a prestigious award bestowed by the California Legislature.  The state legislature identified her as one of those rare individuals who made a difference not only in her local community but much further beyond. 

She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the City of San Jose in 2007 and the unsolicited Belle Foundation grant in 2005.

She is an Amerasian and her story of gaining acceptance and her search of her American father whom she never knew was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

In San Jose D8,  about 22% of the registered voters are Vietnamese-American. 

It will be an interesting race and if Pattie Cortese decides to run, she will automatically be the front-runner.   According to Pattie before she left for her vacation in Europe,  she is motivated but her only concern is that she promised East Side Union School Board that if they chose her to be the board trustee, she would not run for office in 2016.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Garden Grove Councilman Phat Bui vs. Sacramento City Council

A show down at high noon is expected on Tuesday July 14, 2015 between the Vietnamese-American anti-communist folks in Sacramento and the Sacramento City Council.

A press release was sent out by State Senator Janet Nguyen to alert the public about a Vietnam delegation visiting Sacramento.  She is urging the public to join her in protest against the city of Sacramento's effort to recognize a delegation from Vietnam. 

Since the Vietnamese-American represents less than 3% of the total population in Sacramento, the community is urging other anti-communist groups from Orange County to join the protest tomorrow. 

In response, Garden Grove City Councilman Phat Bui and some of his people will be arriving from Orange County to have their voices heard.

Councilman Phat Bui is a controversial figure in Garden Grove for some and a hero for others.  He is best known for his strong arm tactic recently against Riverside City when this city decided to establish friendship city with a city in Vietnam.  He vocally urged  his Vietnamese-American constituents to protest and disrupt any businesses in Riverside that have any dealings in Vietnam.

The Riverside City Council promptly ignored the anti-communist extremists and voted to have a sister city relationship with Vietnam.

And now with strong passion, he is urging the anti-communist people in Sacramento to remove any city council member who recognizes a delegation from Vietnam or even has the courage to suggest a sister city relationship with a city in Vietnam.

In Orange County, the anti-communist folks are vocal and often bring fear to elected officials.  The Sacramento City Council will either learn this either the easy way or hard way.  

Saturday, July 4, 2015

San Jose D8 City Council Seat

With the 2016 election cycle coming up fast, the Vietnamese-American community is buzzing with names of potential candidates running for D8 city council.  This is district where Vietnamesse-Americans make up about 20% of the total registered voters.

Jimmy Nguyen, the candidate who lost to Rose H. in 2012 will try his chance again for sure.  Kim Trang, the business woman who owns a dental clinic, will enter the race only if Pattie Cortese decides not to run.  The well known and popular lawyer Jenny Do is being pushed by the community to run.  She is undecided for now.

It is too early and everything is still depending on whether Pattie Cortese will further her political horizon.  Like Daisy Chu in D4, her decision will influence the many potential candidates.  She is formidable just because of the name recognition and her long time associations with D8.   She is the preferred choice of Labor but at the moment, she is uncertain.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Manh Nguyen Wins in Landslide

With 80% of the ballots counted,  Manh Nguyen leads Tim Orozco 57% to 43%.   He will be a second Vietnamese-American elected official in San Jose City Council serving along Councilmember Tam Nguyen.

In a race where about 30% of the ballot cast were from Viet-American voters even though they only make up about 18% of the registered voters. Nguyen again shows that the Viet-American voting bloc is powerful.    This is one of the reasons why State Assemblyman Kansen Chu who represents D4 declined to endorse Tim Orozco, despite the fact that they both are heavily supported by South Bay Labor Council.

In San Jose politics, D4, D7 and D8 are districts that have strong Viet-American voting bloc.  It would not be a surprise that a new D8 councilmember next year is a Viet-American.

Even though Viet-Americans only make up 10% of the city population, they now control 20% of city council and many school board positions.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled in Orange County

On Friday June 12, 2015, at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley,  Orange County prominent political leaders and elected officials unveiled the statue of President Ronald Reagan.  About 250 people attended the event.

This is to commemorate a a popular president who had a special tie with Orange County and is well beloved by the Viet-American community for his support of democratic causes and stand against the oppression of communism.   The statue was privately donated.

The approval of the county to place the statue in the park where President Reagan launched his 1984 presidential re-election campaign was led by OC Supervisor Andrew Do.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Is Candidate Manh Nguyen a Lawyer?

Candidate for San Jose D4 City Council Manh Nguyen has been addressing himself as lawyer Manh Nguyen within the Vietnamese-American community.   It is strange since he never practiced law as a lawyer and he is not licensed by any state bar in the nation as a lawyer.   Of course, this does not prevent himself to call himself a lawyer.  With the recent flyer sending out to the voters, he also claimed the title of lawyer.

Of course, it is good to have the title to impress people, especially within the Vietnamese-American community where a high degree is always more favorable.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Manh Nguyen For San Jose City Council D4

With only 4 weeks away before the special election for San Jose D4, Manh Nguyen is picking up steam nicely with the endorsement from the Mercury News and a host of elected officials, including 4 local mayors and 4 city council members.   But of course the biggest endorsement of all is from Mayor Sam Liccardo.   Note that the ex-Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was neither asked nor considered for endorsement by Manh.

The Vietnamese-American voters in D4  make up about 18% of the registered voters but their turn- out accounted for 30% of the ballots in the primary.  Can they deliver another Viet-American to the council?

Tam Nguyen was a pride of the community as the voters went all out for him.  His swearing-in was a celebration of the community with State Senator Janet Nguyen drove all the way  from Sacramento to help administer the oath.

Manh Nguyen will have a very good chance to win this race especially if the overall turnout is low.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Miss Nebraska USA 2015 - Hoang Kim Cung

Hoang Kim Cung, a reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC Nebraska, made history when  she was crowned Miss Nebraska USA 2015.  She became the first Vietnamese-American to win a beauty pageant  at state level.   She will be competing in the Miss USA Pageant this July in Baton Rouge, LA.   The winner will represent the US in the Miss Universe Pageant.

Hoang Kim Cung was born and raised in Texas.  She received her degree in journalism from UT at Austin.  At 23 years old, she is poised and mature beyond her age.  With a beautiful smile and a bubbly personality, she has a great career ahead of her whether she wins or loses.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Cao Dai Religion - A Lecture at UCLA

Gazing at the Left Eye of God from Both Sides of the Pacific: Caodaism’s Transpacific Transformations 1926-2015

Book talk with Janet Hoskins
Professor of Anthropology and Religion, University of Southern California
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Caodaism is a new religion revealed to a group of colonized intellectuals in southern Vietnam in 1926 who fused Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism with French Spiritism, Theosophy and Catholic hierarchies. Its syncretistic mixture has always been dynamic, renewed and revised through spirit séances, and often mixed with nationalist aspirations. After 1975, many Caodai leaders went into exile, establishing congregations in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties. The initial vision of “bringing the gods of the East and West together” has been adjusted to new historical contexts and political challenges. Contrasts between the founding generation in French Indochina and descendants and disciples in California are explored by assessing the relationship between syncretism and diaspora, and the construction and dissolution of religious borders.

Janet Hoskins is Professor of Anthropology and Religion at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her books include The Play of Time: Kodi Perspectives on History, Calendars and Exchange (1996 Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies), and Biographical Objects: How Things Tell the Stories of People’s Lives (1998).

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Free Hepatitis Testing on May 19, 2015

Dear Community Leader,

My name is Nancy Ngoc Hoang, and I am the Community Outreach Coordinator from the Asian Liver Center at Stanford School of Medicine. 

For Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2015, we will be hosting a free hepatitis B screening (testing) for the Vietnamese Community at Grand Century Mall in San Jose. 

At the event, we will be giving away free gifts, sandwiches, and clothes.

We would really appreciate it if you could please help us by announcing this community event on your blog. Everything will be free.

Thank you for your help. 


Xin chào,

Tên tôi là Nancy Ngọc Hoàng, và tôi là Community Outreach Coordinator từ Trung Tâm Gan Á Châu tại Trường Y Khoa Stanford.

Cho Ngày Thử Nghiệm Viêm Gan vào ngày 19 tháng 5 năm 2015, chúng tôi sẽ tổ chức thử nghiệm viêm gan B miễn phí cho cộng đồng người Việt Nam ở Grand Century Mall tại San Jose.

Chúng tôi còn có tặng quà, bánh mì và quần áo miễn phí.

Chúng tôi sẽ rất cảm kích nếu bạn có thể vui lòng giúp chúng tôi bằng cách thông báo sự kiện cộng đồng này trên blog phát thanh của bạn. Tất cả mọi thứ đều miễn phí.

Xin cam on.

Trân trọng,

Nancy Ngoc Hoang, MPH 

Community Health Outreach Coordinator 
780 Welch Road, CJ130 
Palo Alto, CA 94304 

T: 408-326-9354 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

City of San Jose Proclaimed Black April Remembrance Month

Last Tuesday, at the City Council weekly public meeting, Mayor Sam Liccardo, together with Councilmembers Ash Kalra and Tam Nguyen and other members of the City Council, proclaimed Black April Remembrance Month in the City of San Jose to remember the Fall of South Vietnam in April 30,1975.

The Vietnamese American Roundtable, a nonprofit organization, composed mainly of many Viet-Americans born after the Vietnam War, accepted the Proclamation on behalf of the Viet-American community in San Jose.

The significance of Black April commemoration in the community is eloquently articulated by VAR on their Website -

Black April is a deeply meaningful and important occasion for the Vietnamese diasporas and is observed each 30th day of April. In 1975, this date marked the fall of Saigon and was the symbolic ending of the Vietnam War and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. In the years following the end of the war, waves of tens to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled the country as refugees--leaving as “boat people” to seek asylum and a new life in many foreign countries. Countless lives were lost in the open sea due to famine, disease, exposure, piracy, and more. Eventually, over 800,000 refugees were resettled in the United States and these communities have been thriving and growing ever since. The City of San Jose has the highest population of Vietnamese in any city outside of Vietnam.

Now, four decades later, the 40th Black April Commemoration aims to provide a respectful and meaningful opportunity to reflect upon the significance of a dark day in Vietnamese history and what it means to the millions of families of Vietnamese heritage that were forced to uproot themselves and start new lives in strange lands. Black April provides a unique opportunity for Vietnamese-American families to properly respect those who have sacrificed much for freedom and to help educate future generations of how their legacy was forever changed by the Vietnam War.

40th Black April Commemoration

April 16, 2015 - SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Vietnamese American Roundtable (“VAR”) would like to invite communities all across the Bay Area to join us for the 40th Black April Commemoration on Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 6pm-8pm, at San Jose City Hall – Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose, CA 95112. This is a Black Attire event. The event is free and open to the public.

Black April is a deeply meaningful and important occasion for the Vietnamese diasporas and is observed each 30th day of April. In 1975, this date marked the fall of Saigon and was the symbolic ending of the Vietnam War and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. In the years following the end of the war, waves of tens to hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese fled the country as refugees--leaving as “boat people” to seek asylum and a new life in many foreign countries. Countless lives were lost in the open sea due to famine, disease, exposure, piracy, and more. Eventually, over 800,000 refugees were resettled in the United States and these communities have been thriving and growing ever since. The City of San Jose has the highest population of Vietnamese in any city outside of Vietnam.

Now, four decades later, the 40th Black April Commemoration aims to provide a respectful and meaningful opportunity to reflect upon the significance of a dark day in Vietnamese history and what it means to the millions of families of Vietnamese heritage that were forced to uproot themselves and start new lives in strange lands. Black April provides a unique opportunity for Vietnamese-American families to properly respect those who have sacrificed much for freedom and to help educate future generations of how their legacy was forever changed by the Vietnam War.

40th Black April Commemoration is hosted by a collaboration of multiple community organizations, including newly-elected Councilmember Tam Nguyen (San Jose District 7) and Councilmember Ash Kalra (San Jose District 2). The program will revolve around the sharing of personal experiences through multi-medium exhibits, highlighting stories from families in the community, and performances that evoke thoughtful reflection of this important day.

About us: The Vietnamese American Roundtable’s mission is to connect organizations and professional individuals to share resources as well as networking and collaborative opportunities for the betterment of the Vietnamese American community.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Manh Nguyen, Another Chuck Reed's Candidate

It is now official,  former Mayor Chuck Reed and his hand-picked successor, current Mayor Sam Liccardo, have chosen Manh Nguyen to be the next councilmember for D4.

In a press conference held yesterday in front of the Petite Trianon, Nguyen was elated to accept the endorsement and complete support of Reed and Liccardo.  Notice the former Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen was not even invited to the press conference and that Manh Nguyen did not even consider her.

The special election will be in June to determine who will fill the seat that was held by State Assemblyman Kansen Chu.

It will be another proxy fight between South Baly Labor Council and Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Tim Orozco is a long time resident of D4 and is well known for his activities within the community and its neighborhood associations.   Manh Nguyen, similar to another previous candidate for D4, Tam Truong, is a candidate that was recruited to ensure that Sam Liccardo has the majority in City Council.  He can count on about 3,000 Vietnamese-American votes in the primary to be his. There were 10,191 ballots cast in the primary.

In a city where 10% of the population is Viet-American, another Viet-American city councilmember would elevate the the political power of the community to a next level.  There are three districts in San Jose which will always be under the influence of the Viet-American voting bloc - D4, D7 and D8.  LSI predicts that it will be a close race and the difference might be within a percentage point or less.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Major Endorsement for Manh Nguyen

Former San Jose City Mayor Chuck Reed and current Mayor Sam Liccardo will be at a press conference at 9:00 AM, April 15, in front of the Petite Trianon to announce their endorsement of Manh Nguyen in his quest to become the next D4 councilmember.

It will be highly contested race between Manh Nguyen, 62, and Tim Orozco. 55, this coming June. Labor will be for Orozco while Manh Nguyen will be the candidate of Chuck Reed/Sam Liccardo.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Manh Nguyen Edged Lan Diep for Second Place

The official results barring a recount request indicate that  Diep lost to Nguyen by 13 votes.   The runoff in June will be between Manh Nguyen and Tim Orozco.

Nguyen already called Bob Dihllon to ask for his endorsement.  So far, Dhillon politely brushed him off.    Nguyen also had his Vietnamese supporters calling Lan Diep to pressure him to give him the endorsement.  The message to Lan Diep was if you want to be a viable candidate and get the Vietnamese-American votes next time around, you better endorse Manh Nguyen.

With only about 4,000 registered Vietnamese-American voter in D4,  Nguyen knows that he will need to get the votes outside his ethnic base.   LSI has not reviewed the final numbers yet, but from the returned absentee ballots,  about 3,000 Viet-Americans went to poll in this election.  The high turnout is much better than the average 25% turnout for the whole D4.

MANH NGUYEN1,94719.11%
RUDY NASOL5044.95%
TIM OROZCO2,24322.01%
JOHNNY LEE3883.81%
BOB DHILLON1,15711.35%
LAN DIEP1,93418.98%

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Diep or Nguyen for Second Place? A Tight Race

With 86% of the ballots counted,  Diep and Nguyen are still battling it out.   After 8,376 votes cast, here is the result for the night -

Candidate                     Votes                 Percent

Tim Orozco                  1,855                 22.15%
Manh Nguyen               1,591                18.99%
Lan Diep                       1,584                18.91%

Only 7 votes separate Nguyen and Diep and still about 1,600 ballots to be counted, it will be a tight race and we will not know the result until tomorrow after 5 PM.

The night will be long for both the young and the old. 

Diep or Nguyen for Second Place

With about 80% of the ballots counted, the trend is favoring Tim Orozco and Lan Diep.

Candidate                        Votes                Percent

Tim Orozco                     1,630                21.20%
Manh Nguyen                 1,481                19.26%
Lan Diep                         1,476                19.20%

Earlier in the evening, the first set of reports showed Diep trailing Nguyen by 36 votes.  Now Diep is closing the gap to only 5 votes.    Meanwhile Orozco is widening his lead margin by 2%.

It will be a battle between Diep and Manh down to the wire.


Early Results - San Jose City Council D4 Election

There are still about 3,000 more ballots to be counted, and the results are tight among the top three contenders as expected.

Lan Diep, the lone Republican candidate, raised over $64,000 and received over $100,000 of PAC money from Chamber of Commerce.  Manh Nguyen garnered over $70,000 and spent another $74,000 of his own media resources (as in-kind contribution).   Tim Orozco is the candidate with the full support of Labor.  

LSI is expecting two Vietnamese-American candidates in the runoff but the night is too young to tell.

MANH NGUYEN1,32419.65%
RUDY NASOL3805.64%
TIM OROZCO1,40620.87%
JOHNNY LEE2603.86%
BOB DHILLON69210.27%
LAN DIEP1,28819.12%

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Lan Diep, The Front Runner for SJ D4

Of the 8 candidates actively running for San Jose D4 city council seat, it is now clear that the Attorney Lan Diep, 31, is the front runner.   With the endorsement of the Mercury News and a host of other business associations in San Jose along with his large support from the Vietnamese-American voters,  he likely will be in the runoff. 

Who will join him is a toss up between the journalist Manh Nguyen and Tim Orozco.  If the Viet-American turnout is high, Manh Nguyen will be in the runoff.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Candidates for San Jose City Council D4

To the Viet-American community in California, the election season seems never to be over.   In the last 3 months, two elections were held in Little Saigon Orange County where two Viet-American candidates won the important seats of state senator and county supervisor.   To not  be outdone, Little Saigon San Jose elected Attorney Tam Nguyen to city council in November and will be deciding another city council election this coming April.  

The consensus is that the  front runners in this 8-candidate race are Attorney Lan Diep (R)  and business owner Manh Nguyen (Independent).   Not only they work the hardest, are well organized but also receive substantial endorsements and financial supports from the community.  So far, Diep raised over $42,000 and the Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce put in $56,000 of independent expenditure for him.   Meanwhile, Nguyen received over $62,000.    With an estimated 3,000 to 3,500 voters going to poll next month  are Viet-American, the chance of two Viet-Americans facing each other in the runoff in June is high.

Both Lan Diep and Manh Nguyen are actively walking their precincts with their volunteers to get out the votes.  The district has about 20% Viet-American register voters.   However, with four Viet-American candidates and Diep and Nguyen pouring money into the race,  the Viet-American voters will make up a much higher overall percentage. 

In any race, there are always number of spoiler candidates with little chance.  The two noticeable ones for this race are from the extreme of the age spectrum.   Bob Dhilon is a 72 years old real estate investor and self-made millionaire while Khoa Nguyen is a 30 years old school board trustee.


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lou Correa to Viet Voters - You Are Cheaters

A week after he lost the OC Supervisor D1 race,  former State Senator Lou Correa was still upset that he would lose an election which he outspent  Attorney Andrew Do 3 to 1.  Worse, this is a district where about 43% of the registered voters are Hispanic while the Vietnamese-American voters constitute only about 25%.  Yet, he would have lost by a landslide if it was not for Garden Grove City Councilman Chris Phan and TV personality Chuyen Nguyen splitting the Vietnamese-American vote.

In his anger and disappointment, he decided to go after the Vietnamese-American voters with vengeance.  To him these people who voted for Andrew Do are cheaters.  He reasoned in a press release in Vietnamese and English for his demand of a recount  -

"My campaign has received a number of reports over the past week or so contending that people who did not really live in the First Supervisorial District registered to vote and cast ballots in this election. We have also received reports regarding irregularities in the handling and processing of vote-by-mail ballots, with campaigns collecting (and even paying for) voted ballots and returning them to the Registrar’s office or at the polls,”

Correa added that  his lawyers found  during the provisional ballot counting - "....provisional ballots being counted even though they were not signed by the voter; ballots cast by voters who appeared to have attempted to vote more than once; and voters who claimed to have moved into the First Supervisorial District just prior to the election without actually re-registering at their supposed new address.”

He emphasized -  “....the recount will allow us to investigate and determine the scope of these and any other irregularities, to analyze whether they might have affected the outcome of the election, and to decide whether further action is warranted, either in the form of a judicial action or the District Attorney’s investigation.”

As reported by Anh Do of LA Times - "......Correa said he was notified of two election-day incidents at polling places in churches in Little Saigon where Vietnamese American volunteers urged voters to cast ballots for Do. One of them, Correa said, told people, "Remember, vote Vietnamese" and then pointed to Do's name. Others, he said, stood outside urging people to vote for Do.

But what Correa failed to mention was that the Santa Ana police was called to a Santa Ana polling station  by a voter on the election day because of possible voting right violation.   The woman  complained to the police that  when she asked for help to show her how to mark her vote for Andrew Do, the poll worker allegedly urged her to vote for Correa and pointed her to mark for Correa instead.

To emphasize the seriousness of his belief that there are voter fraud in the Viet community,  he started asking the Vietnamese media to broadcast a toll free number for people to call in to report fraudulent activities

After 5 days going through the ballots and looking at every possible fraud with a team of high power lawyers,  Correa suspended the recount.   The election result stands,  Lou lost by 43 votes.

However, his portrait of the Vietnamese-American voters in the media as cheaters and unethical are receiving major backlash in the community.

Correa is eyeing for his revenge in 2016 and so the Viet community is preparing their vote. 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Last Days in Vietnam - Documentary Feature

Rory Kennedy's Last Days in Vietnam
Receives Academy Award® Nomination for  
Documentary Feature
Here is  the link to watch the entire movie of Last Days in Vietnam (for free/complementary) until  the 7th  (midnight Eastern)
Boston, MA, January 15, 2015)  AMERICAN EXPERIENCE announced today that its production, Last Days in Vietnam, directed and produced by Rory Kennedy, has been nominated for the Academy Award® for Documentary Feature. This is Ms. Kennedy's first Academy Award® nomination, and the ninth for the series. 
Last Days in Vietnam chronicles the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, American officers on the ground faced a moral dilemma: follow official policy and evacuate U.S. citizens and their dependents only, or ignore orders and save the men, women, and children they had come to value and love in their years in Vietnam. At the risk of their careers and possible court-martial, a handful of individuals took matters into their own hands. Engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations, they waged a desperate effort to evacuate as many South Vietnamese as possible.
Following its world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, an eight-month festival run, and 120 engagement theatrical run, Last Days in Vietnam will premiere on AMERICAN EXPERIENCE on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, in conjunction with the fortieth anniversary of the fall of Saigon. Rory Kennedy, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels, and participants from Last Days in Vietnam will be featured at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena on Monday, January 19, 2015.
"When we conceived of this film three years ago, we knew it was a powerful story of individual acts of courage set against a background of chaos," said AMERICAN EXPERIENCE Executive Producer Mark Samels. "But we didn't know how relevant it would prove to be. We are honored to have Last Days in Vietnam recognized by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences."
"We are thrilled about this Oscar nomination and are incredibly proud to present this film on PBS as part of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE," said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. "Congratulations to Rory, Mark and everyone involved in Last Days in Vietnam."
In addition to the upcoming broadcast on PBS, Last Days in Vietnam is available for rent or purchase on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, as well as through many cable video-on-demand services. Following the PBS broadcast, the film will be able for streaming free The DVD will also be available for purchase on and other retail outlets on April 28, 2015.  
About the Filmmaker
Rory Kennedy (Director/Producer) is an Emmy Award-winning independent documentary filmmaker as well as co-founder and president of Moxie Firecracker Films. Her films cover an array of issues ranging from poverty to politics to human rights. Her work has been shown on PBS, HBO, A&E, MTV, and Lifetime. Her most recent project, Ethel, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, was broadcast on HBO, and nominated for five Primetime Emmys. Kennedy has directed and produced more than twenty-five documentaries including Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Primetime Emmy Award for Best Non-Fiction Film, 2007); Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White HouseAmerican HollowA Boy's Life; and Pandemic: Facing AIDS.
Mark Samels (Executive Producer) was named executive producer of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, PBS' flagship history series, in 2003. Under Samels' leadership, the series has been honored with nearly every industry award, including the Peabody, Primetime Emmys, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, Writers Guild Awards, Oscar nominations, and Sundance Film Festival Audience and Grand Jury Awards. Prior to joining WGBH, Samels worked as an independent documentary filmmaker, an executive producer for several U.S. public television stations, and as a producer for the first co-production between Japanese and American television. A native of Wisconsin, he is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Television's most-watched history series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2013. The series has been hailed as "peerless" (The Wall Street Journal), "the most consistently enriching program on television" (Chicago Tribune), and "a beacon of intelligence and purpose" (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America's past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including thirty Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and sixteen George Foster Peabody Awards, one most recently for the series represented by Freedom Riders, Triangle Fire, and Stonewall Uprising.
Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Additional funding for Last Days in Vietnam provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Dedicated to Strengthening America's Future Through Education; The Documentary Investment Group: Gretchen Stone Cook Charitable Foundation; Roxanne E. & Michael J. Zak; and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.
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