Showing posts from January 18, 2009

Obama and Vietnam History

In President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, in reaffirming the greatness of this country he noted that sacrifices are earned and not given:

"... Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh...."

Ralf Waldo Emerson described the first shot by the militia in the Battle of Concord as "The sh…

Madison Nguyen Vows to Run for Re-election if Loses in Recall

The Mercury News, the only major newspaper in San Jose reported - in a recent article titled -"Race to oust San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen heats up." - the followings in regards to the recall election in March 3:

"...Nguyen, in a report that covers only this year, has raised $34,925 since Jan. 1, adding to the more than $165,000 her campaign staff said she raised last year. She continues to count among her backers the cream of San Jose's political establishment, from Mayor Chuck Reed and the rest of the City Council to influential developers and powerful kingmakers in the city's labor movement.

Meanwhile, her opponents reported raising $100,144 from Oct. 1 through Jan. 17, mostly in smaller sums. But although their supporters may not be as prominent, they can boast tangible proof of something potentially even more valuable: a deep, grass-roots network of motivated supporters who will turn out at the polls...."

To put it into perspective according to form…


Release Date: January 20, 2009
Position Closed After: February 5, 2009
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The Vietnamese American Non-Governmental Organization (VA-NGO) Network is seeking a qualified executive director to help build the organization. The ideal candidate will have a successful track record of organizational development, a passion to assist the people of Vietnam, a history of achievement in fundraising and a collaborative approach suitable for a membership-based organization.

This is a newly-created position, and is suited for someone with an entrepreneurial drive, an ability to work independently in a small office, the ability to recruit volunteer help and the capacity to create the necessary programs, fundraising and administrative systems to enable the VA-NGO network to thrive.

The VA NGO Network’s purpose is to strengthen it’s the capacity of the member organizations to deliver effective assistance to the poor and disadvantaged in…

A Tale of Two Fund Raising Events

On Sunday January 11, there were two political fund raising events, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. They were about 4 miles apart.

The Recall Team due to their limited budget has been trying to raise money by word of mouth in the last 1 month. This would be the last fund raising for the campaign since they are at the exhaust point. It has been a very long campaign for them. Almost 9 months ago, they started the recall ballot with the gathering signature effort. After gathering a little bit over 7,000 signatures in three months, they managed to verify 5,187 signatures for submission.

Their last 3 fund raising events since December had a total of about 1,600 people attended. Since this is a grassroot movement, the contribution has been very limited with people giving $20 to $50 and no more.

In contrast, Nguyen's Anti Recall fund raising events (2 public and one private since December), where there were usually about 50 to 100 people attending, received mostly big money fro…

Owl and The sparrow

By L.A. Weekly Film Critics
OWL AND THE SPARROW (Vietnam/USA) Writer-director Stephane Gauger's lovely debut tracks a week in the lives of three young Vietnamese: a flight attendant on holiday, a zoo employee and a 10-year-old runaway. After suffering through multiple-storyline ensemble dramas like Crash and Babel, which resort to convoluted narrative coincidences to drive home humanistic messages, Owl and the Sparrow feels shockingly, refreshingly simple. Unfolding organically and honestly without a thought to making any larger points, the film's look at loneliness and tentative connection is small-scaled but tremendously resonant. Special accolades to child actress Pham Thi Han, who doesn't have a hammy or maudlin bone in her body.

For more dates, go to the website at To view trailer, click on Owl and the Sparrow awards and nominations 2008 Nominee, Independent Spirit Awards - John Cassavetes Award
2007 Nominee, G…