To mark the upcoming year of the Golden Ox, the Vietnam Consulate in San Francisco threw a big party last weekend with traditional New Year's food and music. The Tetmosphere in the Green Room at the SF War Memorial and Performing Art Center was vibrant and the crowd of over 500 people readily enjoyed themselves with the hope of bringing better luck in 2009 while trying to forget a disastreous Year of the Rat.
Not to be outdone by the communist government's party, the Vietnamese-American community in San Francisco is having their traditional Tet festival on Jan 18 in the newly named Little Saigon District (made up of 6 blocks of streets) next to SF City Hall. For a community of less than 14,000 people, it was quite a lobbying effort to not only have the name but also get the city to pay half of the cost for the gate. How did they do it? Well, a prominent journalist there suggested:"Because we did not have a Vietnamese-American councilmember in SF city council."
The big Tet Parade in San Jose will be held in downtown San Jose on Feb. 8 with their annual parade and live music, arts and crafts and exhibtors. Whether Councilwoman Madison Nguyen will attend the parade is remained to be seen.