Happy New Year from County Supervisor Cindy Chavez
I hope this email finds you well. As we near the beginning of the Year of the Monkey on the Lunar Calendar, I am excited to provide an update on a number of initiatives relevant to the Vietnamese American community.
Please read on for the following updates and more:
The County has completed the Vietnamese American Service Center Stakeholder Assessment - the presentation of our findings, next steps and celebration will be on February 11 at 5:30 pm at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding, San Jose, CA 95110
The Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program has formally launched
We have incorporated a multi-lingual wayfinding initiative into our Language Access Policy to improve how we serve monolingual visitors at our County Government Center
We could not have accomplished any of this without your support and continued advocacy for issues affecting the Asian Pacific American community of Santa Clara County. I hope that the Year of the Monkey will continue to bring our community good health and great prosperity.
As always, please send me any questions, comments or concerns you may have.
According to FHM, Kim Lee is one of the top 100 sexiest women in the world. She was born on May 22, 1988 in the US. Her mother is Vietnamese-American and her father is a featured film screenwriter with French heritage.
Kim, with her exotic Euro-Asian looks, is highly sought as a model. She also has appeared in various televion shows and movies. She currently resides in LA.
The California State Assembly race for D27 is getting intense between the two main candidates - former San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and City Councilmember Ash Kalra.
Nguyen and Ash both have raised the maximum limit of $550,000 for their respective campaign. But Nguyen with the huge support from PACs is raising a concern of out-of-state special interest groups trying to influence the race. It is unusual to have this much money pouring into a primary for a state assembly seat. Just for comparison, two years ago, the Republican Party and PACs spent $3 million for the whole state senatorial race to support Janet Nguyen and her campaign against Jose Solorio. And it was considered to be a crucial race for the Republican Party to prevent the Democratic Party of an absolute majority in the State Senate.
So far local PACs have spent about $400,000 to support Kalra while special interest groups have put it over $1.7 million to support Nguyen.
Kieu Hoang, 69, the owner of RAAS Group debuts recently on the 2014 Forbes Billionaires List after the shares of one of his companies, Shanghai RAAS Blood Products took a big jump this year. His net worth is estimated to be $1.8 billion.
He was born in Quang Tri, a city in the central region of Vietnam. He came to the US in 1975 and is currently resides in Southern California. In 1980, he founded a plasma testing company with a central lab center established in Agoura Hills. In 1992, he branched into China and founded Shanghai RAAS.
Kieu is well known for some of his tourism ventures in Vietnam, including his efforts to organize Miss World 2010 in Vietnam. However, he made a mess of himself with his wheeling dealing and ultimately shut down his many ventures. The press in Vietnam was quite critical of him as a typical brash Viet Kieu throwing their money to buy influence and fame in Vietnam.
The other wealthy Vietnamese-American that made it big in the hi-tech is th…