In Orange County Phat Nguyen salvaged junk in alleys, then started a small market.
Now they run cargo business, then a money transfer business with 30 branches in the US and 100 employees in Vietnam.
Truong Van Tran, left, gets into a verbal altercation with an anti-communist protester outside his Westminster video store in February 1999 as he returned to repost a photo of Ho Chi Minh and a Vietnamese communist flag.
And we should provide the planes to do it.”But their home, South Vietnam, no longer existed.
So the new refugees scraped and saved and built a new homeland – an outpost in Southern California that would stand as a symbol of defiance and hope.“We assimilated quickly because of all the adversity we had gone through,” says former state assemblyman Van Tran. S., we took to it like fish in water.”From a stretch of strawberry fields and salvage yards in Westminster, they created what would become the cultural capital of all Vietnamese in exile – Little Saigon.
From left, his sons Cuong, 40, and Dung, 46, and grandchildren Jonathan, 17, Elizabeth, 13, Matthew, 8, Daniel, 6, and Sara, 4.
The Trinh family lives on the same block in three separate homes, but no further than eight houses apart. Pharmacist Danh Quach opened the first pharmacy in the U. that served Vietnamese-American clientele in 1978 in the heart of Little Saigon. S," said Danh Quach who left Saigon before the city fell at the end of the Vietnam War, "We are blessed to be here." His son Thomas Tri Quach recently opened his medical practice next door.
These identification cards, given to the Loan Pham Thai family in December 1979, were typical of those issued to refugees from Vietnam by authorities such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Rescue Committee.
At the Vietnamese Community Tet Festival, aboard the Dragon Wagon ride, Sharon Nguyen, left, takes a "selfie" photo of herself, as Lucy Bang, Sim Vo, and her daughter Angeline Nguyen ride behind. The refugees who began settling here 40 years ago changed a lot over the years -- from impoverished to secure, from powerless to influential, from Vietnamese Americans to, simply, Americans. But I knew I’d never see that city again.”More than 125,000 refugees managed to flee.
The blood lines of three regions of Vietnam are represented by the three red stripes on the South Vietnamese flag carried by the Free Vietnam Youth in a 2001 Tet Parade in Little Saigon.
Last year's Tet Festival was moved out of Little Saigon, to the Orange County fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
Jao founded Bridgecreek Development, one of the largest real estate developers in Little Saigon, which developed the 150,000-square-foot Asian Garden Mall on Bolsa Avenue, a hub of Vietnamese American businesses and cultural activity.