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New Era for Vietnamese-Americans As English-Speaking Children Come of Age
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New Era for Vietnamese-Americans As English-Speaking Children Come of Age

By Sharon Simonson Expect to hear more from the Silicon Valley Vietnamese community in coming years, beginning Thursday, the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. A people long gagged in America by the trauma of war and displacement, economic struggle, psychological loss, and perhaps most of all, by language, is finally finding a voice. In Silicon Valley, home to the second-largest Vietnamese community in the country with more than 126,000 people, that voice is coming from their English-speaking daughters and sons, young millennial-generation adults with strong cultural ties to Vietnam and America and a deep desire to be heard. The Viet Nam Project Not quite three years ago, four such young Vietnamese-Americans founded the Vietnamese-American Roundtable with a mis...
Chair Mai Has A Dream: San Jose Vietnamese Tet Festival 2015
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Chair Mai Has A Dream: San Jose Vietnamese Tet Festival 2015

By Sharon Simonson EAST SAN JOSE — Quyen Mai admits the insanity of trying to create and organize a two-day Tet Festival for more than 12,000 people, starting from nothing only four months before the event date. When he agreed to lead the effort for the most important Vietnamese celebration of the year, the 31-year-old immigrant and self-proclaimed community-builder was not thinking about practicality: “People know the Vietnamese culture because of pho noodles,” he says. “We have a lot more than that.”   The Viet Nam Project Forty years after the fall of South Vietnam to the North Vietnamese communists and the arrival of the first refugees to American shores, San Jose’s Vietnamese-American population owes itself — and the community at large — a Tet Festival wo...