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Feb 6, 2009: Recall backers demand appointment, not election, if San Jose councilwoman is ousted. Backers of the push to recall San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen have begun looking past the controversial March 3 election, gathering outside City Hall on Thursday to demand the City Council appoint her replacement if she is ousted rather than hold a special election.

It's a move designed to take away one of the chief arguments offered by Nguyen's supporters: An election in July, plus a likely runoff this fall, will cost taxpayers $1 million amid a tight economy. It's also a bid to keep Nguyen from running again for her seat if she loses the recall, something she has vowed to do if necessary. More SJMN.

Jan 21, 2009: Obama retakes oath of office after flub. President stumbled after Chief Justice John Roberts blundered. After the flub heard around the world, President Barack Obama has taken the oath of office.

Again. Chief Justice John Roberts delivered the oath to Obama on Wednesday night at the White House — a rare do-over. The surprise moment came in response to Tuesday's much-noticed stumble, when Roberts got the words of the oath a little off, which prompted Obama to do so, too.

Don't worry, the White House says: Obama has still been president since noon on Inauguration Day. Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution states:

"Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." More MSNBC.

Dec. 8, 2008: First Vietnamese-American elected to Congress. Unofficial returns show Republican Anh ‘Joseph’ Cao has won seat. NEW ORLEANS - The first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress took advantage of dissatisfaction with a longtime incumbent dogged by corruption allegations and reflects the changing nature of New Orleans politics since Hurricane Katrina. The victory for a 41-year-old child of Vietnam War refugees was greeted with amazement and drew parallels to last year's election of Gov. Bobby Jindal, an Indian-American Republican. More MSNBC.

Nov 7, 2008: Vietnamese-American candidates take loss in most local races. Tensions and divisions within community may have led to dismal showing. Negative campaigning and a fractured community may have led to a lackluster showing by Vietnamese American candidates in Orange County on Election Day, according to candidates and community observers.

In Orange County, 13 Vietnamese Americans vied for different offices from state assembly to sanitary district. Only two incumbents – Rep. Van Tran (R-Garden Grove) and Garden Grove Unified School District Trustee Kim-Oanh Nguyen-Lam won their respective elections. And both won by narrow margins. More OC Register.

Nov 5, 2008: Weathering the post-election emotional storm. How to cope with raw emotions and be cheerful, even if you loved McCain. It’s the day after the election, and as usual, America’s come down with the world’s largest case of manic-depressive disorder. Half of the country is crying, calling in sick, or threatening, like conservative actor Stephen Baldwin, to move out of the country. The other half is dancing on their desks, buying drinks for strangers in bars, and gloating shamelessly every time a Republican walks by. More MsNBC.

Oct 9, 2008: Recall of San Jose Councilwoman Nguyen qualifies for ballot. Madison Nguyen, the embattled San Jose City Councilwoman who enraged thousands of the city's Vietnamese-American residents over her refusal to name a retail area "Little Saigon," will face a recall attempt in a March special election, city officials said.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters on Thursday certified a petition Nguyen's opponents submitted in August. Officials said at least 4,775 of the 5,180 signatures submitted were valid. Recall proponents only needed to submit 3,162 valid signatures in support of the recall. Deputy City Clerk Dennis Hawkins said the council is scheduled to certify the petition on Oct. 21 and then take a formal vote Nov. 4 to place the recall on the ballot in March. More SJMN.

Sep 23, 2008: Majority of Santa Clara County families speak foreign language at home. After decades of immigration from Asia and Latin America, Silicon Valley has hit a linguistic milestone that is rare in America: For the first time, a majority of Santa Clara County residents speak a language other than English at home. In 2007, Santa Clara was one of just 10 counties in the United States where more than 50 percent of residents speak a foreign language at home, according to new U.S. Census Bureau data being released today. more SJMN.

Aug 14, 2008: White Americans no longer a majority by 2042. Immigration, higher birth rates among minorities to speed up diversity.White people will no longer make up a majority of Americans by 2042, according to new government projections. That's eight years sooner than previous estimates, made in 2004. The nation has been growing more diverse for decades, but the process has sped up through immigration and higher birth rates among minority residents, especially Hispanics. It is also growing older. More MSNBC.

Aug 7, 2008: Data shows nearly even racial mix in Silicon Valley. Marty Loo, a white 54-year-old legal secretary who works in San Jose, doesn't mind being a racial minority in Silicon Valley. The population currents shaping the Bay Area this decade mean that everybody, increasingly, has become a minority.

"You kind of work together," Loo said of the mix, "or you don't work here." Over the course of this decade, the South Bay had one of the biggest population drops among whites in California, according to census data released today. That trend, combined with a continued surge in Asian population, has given Santa Clara County an uncommon racial mix: Whites, Asians and Hispanics are more evenly balanced here than anywhere else in America. More SJMN.

Jul 28, 2008: Deal reached on number, location for 'Little Saigon' signs in San Jose. After a chaotic meeting last week that ended prematurely, San Jose officials and Little Saigon activists have hammered out a compromise on the number and location of banners that will go up on Story Road. The city will hang 18 "Little Saigon" banners at three locations. Initially, activists had wanted to strip 20 banners across several blocks on Story Road, but officials said the "community identification signs" should be clustered at two locations. More SJMN.

Jun 17, 2008: EBay signs deal with Vietnam start-up. WILL SHARE REVENUE WITH LOCAL PARTNER PEACESOFT SOLUTIONS. In a move to expand its global reach, eBay is inking a partnership with a Vietnamese start-up to cash in on the growing millions of Internet users in the Southeast Asian country.As a result of the deal, scheduled to be announced today at the Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, users of 1-year-old eBay.vn will be redirected to www.ChoDienTu.vn. The Web site will be operated by PeaceSoft Solutions, a 3-year-old start-up backed by IDG Ventures. More SJMN.

Little Saigon protesters to end 11-month demonstration outside Viet Weekly. The protests began in July when community members objected to some of the Weekly's pro-communist opinion pieces and demanded that publisher Le Vu change his coverage and writing style. When Vu refused, the protests began and have continued for 11 months. More OC Register

Jun 6, 2008: Mudslinging in Orange County's Vietnamese political community leaves mark. For weeks, rumors swirled in the coffeehouses of Little Saigon that Supervisor Janet Nguyen had accepted campaign money from an alleged communist sympathizer -- an incendiary accusation in Orange County's Vietnamese community and one that could damage her reelection bid.

When the allegations hit Vietnamese-language newspapers, Nguyen's political enemies such as Assemblyman Van Tran joined the chorus. Nguyen fought back by turning the tables and -- only three days before the election -- lobbed accusations of communist sympathizing against Tran. For years, Tran has been seen as the kingmaker in Vietnamese American politics. More LA. Times.

Jun 5, 2008: Study: Vietnamese, Mexicans – O.C.'s largest immigrant groups – assimilate in different ways. Today's immigrants, study finds, are assimilating faster than earlier groups, despite larger numbers. mmigrants are assimilating faster today than in generations past, and whether they speak English may not be the key to how well they integrate into the U.S. economy and civic life, according to a study published today. More OC. Register.

May 30, 2008: Silicon Valley investors join in Vietnam's real estate frenzy. LAND PRICES SOAR AS INTEL, OTHERS POUR MONEY INTO A GROWING ECONOMY. A half a world away from Silicon Valley's anemic real estate market, agent Cindy Nguyen has little time for sleep while she sniffs out deals in one of the world's hottest property markets. Last year, the president of San Jose's Lakami Professional Realty returned to Vietnam for the first time in 23 years. She was stunned by what she saw: instant wealth being created by land prices that have tripled, even quadrupled, in recent years. More SJMN.

May 19, 2008: 'Little San Jose': Vietnamese take Silicon Valley tech culture to Vietnam. Vietnam - Call it "Little San Jose." Longtime Silicon Valley residents bump into each other along fashionable Dong Khoi Street. They meet to swap business cards and network at Highlands Coffee, the Starbucks of Vietnam. Valley real estate agents are here to cut real estate deals.

Even San Jose's iconic Lee's Sandwiches, which is branching out across Asia, plans to set up franchises of its Vietnamese fast-food chain in what was formerly known as Saigon. "Everywhere I go, I see someone from the valley," Henry Liem, a lawyer and instructor at San Jose City College, said while sitting at the upscale Mojo cafe. More SJMN.

'Little San Jose': Culture shock in Vietnam. Former Bay Area resident Mark Tran, founder of business processing company Transcend People Limited near the Tan Son Nhat International Airport, was downright terrified when confronted with crossing a Ho Chi Minh City street for the first time.

Esther Nguyen said her Vietnamese language skills aren't always up to snuff when it comes to leading business meetings. "It's great when I want to talk with my parents," she said. "But my Vietnamese isn't good enough to actually convey all my thoughts and feelings. So sometimes we have to be animated, draw things or speak half Vietnamese, half English." More SJMN.

2,000 celebrate 'Little Saigon' victory at San Jose City Hall. Billed as a celebration of their "Little Saigon" victory, about 2,000 Vietnamese emigres rallied outside San Jose City Hall on Sunday in an event that also doubled as an informal kickoff to the attempted recall of embattled Councilwoman Madison Nguyen. In near-90-degree heat and shielded by umbrellas, activists pumped their fists and cheered as dozens took the stage during the five-hour. More SJMN.

May 4, 2008: Da Nang's transformation into Vietnam's 'next place'.City leaders lay the groundwork to make a former war zone into a new hub hub of capitalism. - From their new office, former Silicon Valley executives Le H. Hung and Steve Cook can look out on what American soldiers used to call Red Beach, where in 1965 Marines launched a massive buildup in this coastal city. More SJMN.

Apr 17, 2008: Intel reshaping Vietnam with billion-dollar chip-assembly plant. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - Intel's billion-dollar Vietnam bet along the Hanoi Highway - its biggest semiconductor manufacturing plant ever - is rising up from the flatlands of former rice fields, More SJMN.

Apr 1, 2008: Vietnamese Shoemakers Walk Out On Nike. More Than 20,000 Strike Demanding Higher Pay From Sports Apparel Giant. More than 20,000 Vietnamese workers have walked off the job at a Taiwanese-owned plant that makes shoes for Nike Inc., demanding higher pay to keep pace with skyrocketing prices, officials said Tuesday.

The workers at Ching Luh plant, in southern Long An province, went on strike Monday. They want a 20 percent bump to their $59 average monthly salaries along with better lunches at the company cafeteria, said Nguyen Van Thua, an official with the province's trade union. More CBS.

Mar 28, 2008: Brazen purse snatchers preying on Vietnamese women. Watch out for The Rippers. The Rippers are watching for you. The Rippers are what San Jose police are dubbing packs of purse snatchers who have been targeting Asian women - in particular Vietnamese women - in recent months as they stroll through parking lots.

Why Asian women? They tend to carry lots of cash, police say. The dangerous and unprecedented epidemic includes 21 recent robberies, according to San Jose detective John McElvy, many of them carried out brazenly in crowded and well-lit lots. More SJMN.

Mar 27, 2008: 'Little Saigon' banners allowed. After months of protests, rallies, even a hunger strike, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday voted to allow "Welcome to Little Saigon" banners to informally recognize a Vietnamese retail area on Story Road.

The 10-0 vote brought an end to the unprecedented uproar over the past several months after the council voted to call the area "Saigon Business District," enraging thousands in the community who wanted "Little Saigon." The original vote was recently rescinded after the wave of protest, MoreSJMN.

Mar 14, 2008: Deal reached on 'Little Saigon' CITY, VIETNAMESE LEADERS SIGN OFF ON COMPROMISE. Signaling the end of a drama that galvanized San Jose's Vietnamese community and dominated City Hall politics for months, city leaders struck a tentative deal Thursday with a die-hard group of protesters that will allow a strip of Story Road to be known as "Little Saigon."

The decision by the city to approve a privately funded sign also spelled the end of activist Ly Tong's monthlong hunger strike. Tong's strike, waged in a tent outside City Hall since Feb. 15, had brought new urgency to the "Little Saigon" debate in recent weeks - even beyond the daily protests that pitted ardent supporters of the name against a city council that resisted. More SJMN. Herhold: 'Saigon' mess finally behind us: about time. It was a day when cooler heads prevailed, a day when the fog machines outside City Hall could have stopped for a moment of tribute. It was a day when three glasses of lemonade and a bit of meat broth signaled victory. It was, just maybe, the end of San Jose's long nightmare. ... Misplaced signatures

You may remember that when the council last week adopted Liccardo's motion to begin again with a process for naming the area, he held up a petition allegedly signed by 92 businesses opposing "Little Saigon."

Over the weekend, it became clear that not all those 92 signatures really represented the views of the signers. Liccardo said the document appeared to be at least a "blatant misrepresentation." The "Little Saigon" people called it a fraud.

Mar 13, 2008: Ly Tong ends hunger strike after deal reached over 'Little Saigon'. Activist Ly Tong, who has not eaten since Feb. 15, ended his hunger strike this morning after San Jose officials tentatively agreed to allow at least one privately funded sign along Story Road reading, "Welcome to Little Saigon."

Tong, a hero to many Vietnamese Americans because of his anti-Communist activities, began his fast to protest the city's decision not to name a business district in that area "Little Saigon." He reportedly lost more than 30 pounds during his hunger strike, and last week he stopped drinking water. More SJMN. 'Saigon' hunger striker fading. HE'S 'STILL WILLING TO DIE' OVER S.J. DISTRICT'S NAME. Ly Tong's speech has become slurred. His hands and feet are numb. And the remnants of saliva in his mouth feel like "glue."

Resting in his wheelchair in front of San Jose City Hall, with the sense of death now growing palpably, he raises a hand to his mouth to muffle a gag. According to one medical expert, Tong may be able to last only a few more days without food and water. She said most people cannot last two weeks.

"He is going to have a hard time maintaining body temperature," said Marjorie Freedman, an assistant professor of nutrition at San Jose State University. "He is going to have changes in heart rate and definitely decreased kidney function. It is really a basic shutting down of all the body systems." More SJMN.

Mar 11, 2008: Forgery suspected in petition against 'Little Saigon' name. NAMES HAD SWAYED 'SAIGON' VOTE. Just when it seemed San Jose's long, strange "Little Saigon" saga couldn't get any stranger, accusations have emerged that a prominent Vietnamese-American businessman and philanthropist may have forged a petition that was presented to the city council last week. The city council used the petition, which bore the signatures of 92 business owners near Story Road, as a partial justification for voting against naming the busy Vietnamese retail area "Little Saigon." More SJMN.

Mor 10, 2008: Little Saigon bus cements community ties. A regular schedule of round trips between Westminster and San Jose keeps Vietnamese Americans close to their families. It's close to 9 a.m. and there's a small crowd near a bus parked outside ABC Supermarket in Westminster's Little Saigon. For Nguyen, it started out pretty small in 1999 with a few vans. But today, he operates two buses daily to and from San Jose. For $35 one way, passengers get a bottle of water, a large baguette sandwich and a jelly dessert. And they get to San Jose in about six hours. More OC Register.

Mar 6, 2008: San Jose's Viet community comes of age through 'Saigon' ordeal. The first sentence of the Web story said "Little Saigon" lost. In a strict toting up of accounts, that was true. By a 7-4 vote, the San Jose City Council implicitly rejected a last-ditch attempt to name a mile-long stretch of Story Road "Little Saigon." Instead, the council members voted to call it nothing at all for now, setting up a process - oh, what a leaden word - that might end in stalemate. More SJMN.

Mar 5, 2008: San Jose council again shoots down 'Saigon' name. Little Saigon loses again. After a six-and-a-half hour meeting, the San Jose City Council early this morning rescinded its controversial decision to call a Vietnamese retail area "Saigon Business District." But council members stopped short of renaming it "Little Saigon," as hundreds of speakers had implored.

The vote, which came at 1:30 a.m., was 7-4 to set up a process for naming business districts in the future and give business owners and other stakeholders the right to ultimately determine the name of this district. Councilmen Dave Cortese, Pete Constant, Kansen Chu and Pierluigi Oliverio opposed the motion, instead favoring to call the one-mile strip along Story Road "Little Saigon." More SJMN.

Mar 4, 2008: Little Saigon' fight hamstrings mayor HIS HANDLING OF CONTROVERSY RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT LEADERSHIP.Struggling to salvage credibility on a bungled decision to designate a Vietnamese retail area, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed finds himself in a political mess that has fueled more questions about his leadership.

While Councilwoman Madison Nguyen has taken the brunt of the criticism - because she is Vietnamese and the project is in her district - the stain has rubbed off onto Reed, the titular political leader of the council, who some believe should have put an end to the community anguish a long time ago. More SJMN.

Mar 3, 2008: 'Little Saigon' protest draws 2,500 in advance of Tuesday's vote. More than 2,500 people converged at San Jose City Hall on Sunday to demand that the city name a Vietnamese retail area on Story Road "Little Saigon, as new allegations emerged that Councilwoman Madison Nguyen had a "private deal" with a developer to pick a different name.

The rally - the largest ever at City Hall - set the stage for a climactic vote Tuesday night. The spirited crowd waved the red and yellow flag of South Vietnam before the 1975 communist takeover, shouting "Little Saigon" in unison. Young families with babies in strollers and seniors seemed united in their rage against the city.

The huge turnout was the latest - and most vivid example - that the city council has let the Little Saigon controversy spin wildly out of control. Last November, by an 8-3 vote, the council approved "Saigon Business District" as the name - a move that led to the extraordinary backlash. More SJMN.

Feb 22, 2008: Reed, Nguyen drop call for vote on 'Little Saigon'. With the "Little Saigon" furor showing no sign of abating, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilwoman Madison Nguyen today abandoned their call for a citywide vote on naming a Vietnamese business district. Reed and Nguyen instead will urge the city council on March 4 to take no action naming the Vietnamese retail area on Story Road and instead to call for developing a community-based process for building consensus around such designations. More SJMN.

Feb 14, 2008: San Jose council to vote on how to handle 'Saigon' controversy. With alliances among San Jose City Council members shifting daily, the city's powerful labor interests plunged into the "Little Saigon" controversy Wednesday, hoping to bring an end to the turmoil that has roiled San Jose for three months.

The development was just one twist during a dramatic meeting of the council's normally staid Rules and Open Government Committee. A prominent attorney was hustled out of the room by security guards, police patrolled the halls and five separate council members released three memos - all with different ideas on how to end the turmoil that has followed the council's November vote to designate a "Saigon Business District." More SJMN.

Vietnamese Americans protest published photo. For eight days, Protesters paraded in front of one of Little Saigon's leading newspapers. They carried an effigy of Ho Chi Minh and called the editors "traitors" for running a photo they said was so offensive that it had to be the work of communist sympathizers. Two top editors at the newspaper were replaced several days later. The offending photo was of a piece of art by a UC Davis graduate student and Vietnamese immigrant who saw the creation -- a yellow and red foot-spa tub -- as a salute to Vietnamese refugees like her mother-in-law who toiled in a nail salon after the family came to America. But the protesters saw something far more menacing. More LA Times.

Feb 12, 2008: Vote urged on 'Little Saigon'. MAYOR REED, NGUYEN REVERSE STANCE ON VIETNAMESE DISTRICT. Monday's developments appeared to do little to ease the turmoil. Nguyen's foes continued to demand she step down. And Vice Mayor Dave Cortese - who originally backed Nguyen's Saigon Business District proposal but on Monday implied she had misled him - called for the council to vote again on the matter rather than put it on the ballot, where it might face a more uncertain outcome. It would cost the city $214,000 to place the issue on the ballot, part of which would be paid for with money the city had set aside to erect signs in the business district. More SJMN.

Feb 11, 2008: Dispute colors Tet celebration. LITTLE SAIGON' ADVOCATES MARCH IN TET CELEBRATION. The 11th annual Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade downtown featured traditional participants - marching bands, dancing dragons, scout troops. But the loudest group was a band of immigrants pushing the idea of calling a stretch of Vietnamese stores on Story Road Little Saigon. A crowd stretching nearly two blocks followed a float named Little Saigon, waving signs and chanting. Many on the sidelines joined in. More SJMN.

Feb 8, 2008: San Jose council members may have broken law with 'Little Saigon' vote. In a startling revelation that could force the San Jose City Council to throw out a controversial vote that enraged the Vietnamese community, Councilman Forrest Williams has admitted he promised his support to Councilwoman Madison Nguyen prior to the council's Nov. 20 decision to name a business district. Privately lining up support with a majority of council members before a vote is a violation of the state's open meeting law. More SJMN.

Feb 6, 2008: Asking hard questions during Tet. The Lunar New Year, or Tet, is the most important and popular holiday in Vietnam, a festival traditionally celebrated for up to three weeks. It is a time when families come together, far-flung relatives reunite, good wishes are offered all around and old grievances are forgiven.

For many Vietnamese living outside the country, it also means a reverse exodus, when more than 100,000 return home for a visit back to Vietnam. Many of the visitors are from the United States. There was a time when the trip was not as easy to make as it is now. The ocean was vast, homesickness was an incurable malady and a Vietnamese in America had little more than nostalgic memories to keep cultural ties alive. More SJMN. The Tet table On Lunar New Year, a restaurant family reflects on its tough path to success.

Feby 5, 2008: 'Little Saigon' controversy: Politics in, Tet parade out. COUNCILWOMAN UNINVITED; MAYOR WON'T SHOW IN WAKE OF 'LITTLE SAIGON' DISPUTE. Thousands of people are expected to crowd downtown Sunday for San Jose's largest Vietnamese event, but two of the city's most high-profile leaders won't be there. The organizers behind the 11th annual Vietnamese Spring Festival and Parade have snubbed Councilwoman Madison Nguyen - refusing amid a raging controversy over a Vietnamese business district to invite her to the celebration of the Lunar New Year. More SJMN. Editorial: 'Little Saigon' fight harmful for San Jose, Viet community.

Jan 30, 2008: Peace sought in 'Saigon' dispute. MONTHS AFTER VOTE, COUNCILMEN LAUNCH A 'LISTENING CAMPAIGN'. The controversy over whether to designate a "Little Saigon" in San Jose is showing signs of fracturing the city council. Two months after the council voted to call the area "Saigon Business District" at the suggestion of Councilwoman Madison Nguyen - and over the protests of hundreds who packed the council chambers - councilmen Dave Cortese and Sam Liccardo have begun what they call a "listening campaign" to seek input from local Vietnamese leaders about a possible compromise. More SJMN.

Jan 28, 2008: Vietnam, US sign pact to repatriate deportees. Immigrant rights activists question the agreement, which could affect 1,500 Vietnamese who have been fighting deportation. According to ICE, about 8,000 Vietnamese have court orders to leave the United States or are fighting deportation in U.S. immigration courts. Of these immigrants, about 1,500 could be subject to the pact, Keegan said.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who chairs the House immigration subcommittee, said the pact took her by surprise since administration officials told her last year they had no plan to repatriate Vietnamese. More OC Register.

Jan 22, 2008: Vietnamese business district signs spell out more controversy. BANNER COULD FURTHER INFLAME 'LITTLE SAIGON' SUPPORTERS. More than two months have gone by since the San Jose City Council voted to call a one-mile stretch of Vietnamese-owned shops "Saigon Business District." But the city's in no rush to spend the $100,000 set aside for banners and signs to make it official. It's not about saving money. With hundreds of outraged Vietnamese-Americans picketing City Hall every week to demand the name be changed to "Little Saigon," the city's redevelopment agency isn't eager to fan the flames. More SJMN.

Jan 13, 2008: For San Jose's 'Little Saigon' backers, anger runs deep. MANY FEEL BETRAYED BY ONE OF THEIR OWN: S.J. COUNCIL'S NGUYEN. Thomas Nguyen believes in the promised democracy of his adopted homeland. He votes, volunteers on civic campaigns and encourages his fellow Vietnamese-Americans to do the same. So he was stunned when the San Jose City Council in November rejected "Little Saigon" as the name for an ethnic business district. It was the name many in the expatriate community had rallied behind. In city advisory surveys, online polls and public meetings, it consistently won the most votes. More SJMN.

Jan 12, 2008: Native languages in valley fade as immigrants' children embrace U.S. culture. IMMIGRANTS SEEKING TO PROTECT CULTURES. It's Sunday morning at Gunderson High in San Jose, and hundreds of Asian children and teenagers throng into language classes that even spill into the hallways. They're learning English, right? In fact, they're American kids who speak English with a Northern California accent who have come to the Van Lang Vietnamese Language & Culture School because their immigrant parents want them to learn Vietnamese.

While some Americans fear the country is becoming a collection of ethnic tribes lacking a common language because immigrants aren't learning English, immigrants have a different perspective, looking at their own children. Many believe their kids are adopting English at such a rapid rate that American culture is erasing all foreign languages imported to its shores. More SJMN.

Jan 9, 2008: An ultimatum for Madison Nguyen. QUIT OR BE FORCED OUT, BIG VIETNAMESE CROWD WARNS COUNCILWOMAN. As hundreds of angry Vietnamese-Americans screamed Tuesday for embattled San Jose Councilwoman Madison Nguyen to resign, one man in a yellow and red jacket stood quietly in front of City Hall. More SJMN.

 

Dec. 26, 2007: 'Little Saigon' supporters rally. HOLIDAY PROTEST AT EMPTY S.J. CITY HALL. Fueling their effort to change a controversial name for a new business district, more than 240 people spent their Christmas afternoon protesting outside San Jose City Hall - even though there was nobody inside to listen. Hundreds of Vietnamese-Americans returned for the fourth time to oppose the city council's recent choice of Saigon Business District over "Little Saigon" as the official name of a popular shopping area of mostly Vietnamese-owned businesses off Story Road. More SJMN.

Dec 20, 2007: Little Saigon crowd takes protest against China to L.A. Vietnamese Americans rally against Chinese occupation of islands in Asia. LOS ANGELES – About 300 Vietnamese Americans – a majority of them from Little Saigon – launched a protest at about noon today outside the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles against China's occupation of the Paracel and Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. More OC Register.

Dec 10, 2007: 2,000 push for 'Little Saigon'. About 2,000 supporters of naming a sliver of San Jose "Little Saigon" packed an auditorium on Sunday and threatened to try to recall Councilwoman Madison Nguyen unless the city council backpedals on a controversial recent vote. Nguyen, the first Vietnamese-American woman elected to office in California, has come under fire since the council voted 8-3 on Nov. 20 to call the strip of about 200 businesses "Saigon Business District.""I have no idea why she went against the will of the people," said San Jose attorney Minh Dovan, who attended Sunday's four-hour rally at the American G.I. Forum in San Jose. "She lost a lot of political capital." Sunday's crowd was one of the largest in San Jose in recent years to address a municipal issue. More SJMN.

Nov 26, 2007: Valley's edge: Success hard to copy. One roadblock, Barney and others say, is that Asian societies tend to embrace strong corporate hierarchy and workers don't voice opinions. "In Silicon Valley, you can chit-chat and share your views with your boss," said Alfred Kwok, a long-time Silicon Valley entrepreneur in the semiconductor industry who splits his time between San Jose and Suzhou, China. "In Asia, this is considered bad protocol." While educational systems across Asia turn out smart, disciplined workers, industry experts say they don't promote creative thinking. Learning through memorization may have some benefits, but it can discourage innovative and imaginative thinking. More SJMN.

Nov 21, 2007: San Jose City Council chooses 'Saigon Business District' over 'Little Saigon'. In a dynamic and dramatic scene before one of the largest crowds to ever gather at City Hall, the San Jose City Council designated a busy hub of Vietnamese-owned business "Saigon Business District," enraging several hundred people who stormed City Hall demanding the name "Little Saigon." Throughout the night the boisterous crowd of mostly "Little Saigon" supporters shouted and booed forcing Mayor Chuck Reed to repeatedly tell the crowd to "calm down, calm, down," and council members to defend colleague Madison Nguyen, who proposed the name "Saigon Business District."

Nearly four hours into the almost six-hour meeting, Reed called an abrupt recess because the crowd would not stop shouting. Many of the estimated 800 people in the audience carried banners and signs and their frequent hissing and booing prompted throngs of security guards to swarm through the audience in an attempt to keep the peace. The vote was 8 to 3. Councilmen Pete Constant, Kansen Chu and Pierluigi Oliverio opposed, citing the disharmony over the issue. More SJMN.

Nov 18, 2007: Valley's faces of diversity: Census offers snapshots of 4 immigrant groups. The Vietnamese aren't going back. Not ever. Asian Indians, even though they are the newest arrivals to Silicon Valley, own the most valuable real estate. Mexicans are the youngest. And the Chinese, though many lack the English skills of some immigrant groups, are thriving in business. The profiles also are evidence of how special Silicon Valley is. Santa Clara County is one of only two counties in America where there are enough Indians, Mexicans, Chinese and Vietnamese for the Census Bureau to generate a detailed profile for each group. Los Angeles County is the other. More SJMN.

Nov 16, 2007: Protesters reject Nguyen's name for retail district; want 'Little Saigon' Hundreds of chanting protesters swarmed to San Jose City Hall this morning as Councilwoman Madison Nguyen unveiled a compromise she hoped would quell the fury over what to call a new Vietnamese business district in central San Jose. The crowd was silent. Then the chants began anew: "Little Saigon! Little Saigon!" Mayor Chuck Reed, who has worked hard to court the city's 100,000-strong Vietnamese American community, tried to appease the crowd, noting they were still free to call the area whatever they want. More SJMN.

What's in a name? Proposal on Vietnamese district in San Jose due today. But Nguyen's goal was to draw non-Vietnamese clientele to the area, and she wanted a name without any strong associations with the old Vietnam. So the name "New Saigon" emerged as an alternative. Little Saigon supporters have blasted that proposal, however, saying that's the name of a shopping mall in Communist Vietnam and therefore is too closely associated with the repressive government that overran the South Vietnamese capital in 1975 and renamed it for Ho Chi Minh. More SJMN.

Nov 7, 2007: Organizers want to revive TET parade. Little Saigon tradition vanished three years ago after parade organizers ran out of money. Organizers are trying to bring the Tet Parade back to Little Saigon in time for the Vietnamese New Year celebrations in February. The parade, which added color and vivaciousness to the annual celebration, ran out of steam and money in 2004, about 22 years after the tradition began in the local Vietnamese American community. More OC Register.

Oct 16, 2007: 'Little Saigon' has a ring to it. Everybody else has an opinion, so here's mine: When the San Jose City Council votes next month on a name for a one-mile stretch of Story Road, it's got to go with Little Saigon. The name conjures up a place. It stirs emotion. It's about history and roots and, yes, politics. More SJMN.

Three Security Council members elected but two more seats still up for grabs. The General Assembly today elected Burkina Faso, Viet Nam and Libya to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting 1 January 2008. More UN Press.

October 15, 2007: New ambassador meets Little Saigon. Michael Michalak, the new U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, promised at a public meeting in Little Saigon Sunday to push the Vietnamese government to improve human rights while also working to strengthen economic relations between the two countries. “Mr. Ambassador, you've got your work cut out for you,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, who organized the meeting. More OC. Register.

October 13, 2007: Little Saigon community looks forward to ambassador's visit. Activists, religious leaders and local community members hope to air their concerns about democracy and religious freedom in the communist nation to the new U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam. A town hall organized by Rep. Loretta Sanchez Sunday will give local Vietnamese Americans a chance to voice their opinions to the recently appointed U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam about issues concerning democracy, religious freedom and trade in their home country, the congresswoman said. More OC. Register.

Oct 12, 2007: Smithsonian exhibit at Viet Art Center. Vietnamese American images at Garden Grove gallery. The image of a Vietnamese child sitting in a refugee tent in Camp Pendleton and watching an Ivory soap commercial on television is not one that can be easily erased from one's memory. That image and many more, which were part of an historic exhibit created by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, are on display until Dec. 2 at the Viet Art Center on Main Street as part of a traveling Smithsonian exhibit hosted by Cal State Fullerton. The exhibit, titled "Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon," More OC. Register.

Sep 25, 2007: Ethnic unity central in Little Saigon politics. Party loyalties take back seat as Vietnamese American area emerges as major force. When Garden Grove's Van Tran launched his historic bid for Assembly in 2004, it was uncertain if he'd even survive the Republican primary. So he hit the streets of Little Saigon. Tran signed up new voters and persuaded a few thousand more to change their existing registration to the GOP, so they could vote for him in the primary. It's among the county's most dramatic voter drives. More OC Register.

Sep 24, 2007: 'Little Saigon' backers press the issue. Amplifying the political pressure on the San Jose City Council, an exuberant crowd of nearly 300 people gathered Sunday to demand that elected officials name a strip of Vietnamese-owned businesses "Little Saigon." In a scene resembling a high school pep rally, supporters of the name convened at the Yerba Buena High School gym. They carried American and South Vietnamese flags, clapped their hands repeatedly and waved colorful signs. More SJMN.

Sep 12, 2007: California marks marriage milestone: majority are unwed. The newest minority in California? Married couples. For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of the state's adults are single or separated, according to new federal data. As recently as the 2000 Census, about 52 percent of Californians 15 or older were married. But 2006 population data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau says that share of married Californians has slipped to 48.5 percent this decade as the share of adults who have never wed has grown, More SJMN.

Aug 22, 2007: Councilwoman Nguyen in middle of `Little Saigon' debate. A fight over what to name a proposed Vietnamese business district along Story Road is exposing the deep divisions in San Jose's Vietnamese-American community, the latest sign of tension in an immigrant group torn over the politics of their homeland.

Some want to name the district "Little Saigon" - for the former capital of South Vietnam - while others prefer "Vietnamese Business District" or some version without Saigon in the name. At the center of the drama is Councilwoman Madison Nguyen, who was booed and hissed during a recent public meeting for her refusal to embrace the "Little Saigon" name. Some people are suggesting a recall if she doesn't push her colleagues on the council to adopt the name.

In San Jose, the dynamic is magnified; with more than 100,000 Vietnamese-Americans, San Jose has the largest such population of any U.S. city. More SJMN.

Aug 15, 2007: 500 turn up to protest casino. Little Saigon community leaders protest against proposed resort in Garden Grove – About 500 Vietnamese Americans packed the Community Meeting Center on Tuesday evening, carrying banners protesting the proposed casino resort on Harbor Boulevard in the city-designated resort area. More OC. Register.

Boat captain suffers a price for a good deed. On a recent afternoon Jeon Je Yong sits at the dining table, eating plums. Jeon is sitting an arm's length away from Peter Nguyen, a man he rescued on the high seas 22 years ago. On Nov. 14, 1985, Nguyen was stuck in a dinky fishing boat, bobbing on the Pacific Ocean with a broken motor, 96 people on board – many of them young children separated from their parents. They were all fleeing the Communist regime in Vietnam. More OC Register.

Jul 10, 2007: National panel to study Little Saigon. The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit organization with more than 34,000 members worldwide, most of whom work in the area of land-use and real estate development. Each year the Institute organizes 20 to 30 panel studies requested by cities, said spokesman Matt Rader. The $60,000 panel study in Little Saigon, scheduled for Oct. 1 to 4, will hopefully give the city a plan to work with, said Chet Simmons, a member of the city's Economic Development Department.

"Right now, Little Saigon has the highest concentration of Vietnamese Americans in this country," Simmons said. "We don't want that to change. We don't want Little Saigon to become like Chinatown in Los Angeles where people simply left because it wasn't viable any more." More OC Register.

Jun 23, 2007: Bush Prods Vietnamese President On Human Rights and Openness. President Bush pressed Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday to address human rights abuses and open up his communist nation's autocratic system, during the first White House visit by a head of state from Hanoi since the countries were at war. Bush hailed the growing trade ties between the two former enemies and the signing of a new agreement that could lead to formal free-trade talks.

But as flag-waving Vietnamese American protesters demonstrated outside the White House gates, Bush used the opportunity to urge Triet to permit opposition and end crackdowns on religious minorities. More Wash. Post. More: LA. Times. OC. Register. Protesters gather where Vietnam's president stays. CBS News.

Jun 21, 2007: Human rights on agenda when Bush, Viet leader talk. For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese president will make a state visit to the White House this week in a trip that highlights the importance of trade and the controversy over recent human rights abuses.

President Nguyen Minh Triet is scheduled to meet with President Bush in the Oval Office on Friday. Bush has signaled to Vietnamese-Americans, including severalre from the Bay Area, that he will raise human rights concerns during that meeting. More SJMN.

Jun 18, 2007: San Jose mayor focuses on repairing ties with Vietnamese. Less than six months into his reign as mayor, Chuck Reed finds himself in an awkward and unexpected position: trying to mollify a Vietnamese-American community that was once one of his biggest backers but now questions his political savvy. More SJMN.

Jun 6, 2007: Chu cruises to San Jose City Council race victory. LANDSLIDE IN DISTRICT 4 SEEN AS BLOW TO MAYOR. Kansen Chu, a Berryessa school board member and longtime resident of District 4, overwhelmingly defeated Mayor Chuck Reed's hand-picked candidate, Hon Lien, on Tuesday to become the first Chinese-American on the San Jose City Council. More SJMN. Chu out to big lead in San Jose's District 4 .

May 30, 2007: Bush meets with backers of Vietnamese democracy. A handful of Vietnamese-American activists took their campaign directly to the White House on Tuesday, urging President Bush to openly support democracy in Vietnam. They also asked the U.S. government to pressure the communist government, which has launched a crackdown on dissent in recent months.

Diem Do, chairman of the San Jose-based Viet Tan, or Vietnam Reform Party, said the 45-minute meeting, which also included Vice President Dick Cheney and other administration officials, was initiated by the White House. He said Bush and others expressed concern about the recent roundup of activists by the Hanoi government. More SJMN.

May 24, 2007: Vietnamese Woman Appointed to Judgeship Position. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California appointment of My-Le Jacqueline Duong to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.  Ms. Duong, 38, of Morgan Hill, has served as lead and deputy county counsel for the Santa Clara County Counsel's Office since 1999.  Previously, she was a deputy public defender for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office from 1996 to 1999, an associate with the Law Offices of J. Thomas Sherrod in 1996 and a public defender for the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office from 1996 to 1999.  Duong earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Davis School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University.  Duong is a Democrat. The compensation for this position is $171,648.

May 12, 2007: Vietnam Town: It's time, say some. For the city with the nation's largest Vietnamese population, San Jose City Councilwoman Madison Nguyen says, the time has arrived to officially mark a place for the ethnic community that now numbers about 85,000 people strong. Lap Tang, the developer of Vietnam Town who also owns the Grand Century mall next door, says the business district proposal represents an important milestone for the Vietnamese people in the United States. While there are Little Saigon districts in Orange County and elsewhere, Tang said, he knows of no other official district that recognizes the cultural legacy of all of Vietnam. More SJMN.

May 10, 2007: Culture influences work of Vietnamese artists. Vietnamese-American artists find inspiration in other cultures and aspire to present a work that is more rounded and representative of the diverse world they inhabit. When Tu-Lan Nguyen got married four years ago, she had no question in her mind that the wedding Mass would be said in both Vietnamese and English. The graduate student of music at Cal State Fullerton is Vietnamese, as is her husband. But her friends were not and Nguyen couldn't bear the thought of leaving them out of that experience. Her wedding invitations were bilingual, too. More OC. Register.

San Jose council hopeful admits error: San Jose City Council District 4 candidate Hon Lien admitted Tuesday that a recent campaign mailer about her opponent, Kansen Chu, incorrectly stated that county officials had taken out tax liens against his business. "It was a mistake," Lien said. At a news conference Monday in front of San Jose City Hall, Chu said the allegations were false, demanded an apology and produced documentation from Santa Clara County's tax collection Web site that he said proved Lien owed the county $6,592 in tax liens on her Mountain View-based Golden Phoenix Enterprises Inc., which closed in 2006. More SJMN.

May 3, 2007: McCain visits market in O.C. Presidential candidate seeks political support and funding from local Asian-American groups. Sen. John McCain reaffirmed his support for democracy in Vietnam, stronger immigration policies and the troop surge in Iraq as he visited with local city and county officials Tuesday evening. Praising Vietnamese-Americans for their perseverance, McCain, a Vietnam War veteran, said he said he is disappointed by the Vietnamese communist government's recent move to crack down on political dissidents and democracy activists. More OC. Register.

Apr. 30, 2007: Thoroughly modern Mrs. Webb. A day after the deadliest shooting spree in U.S. history, Hong Lê Webb walked in to a restaurant for a meeting. Once she settled her sleeping 4-month-old daughter on a chair near the table, she had a chance to glance at the television hanging over the bar. It’s a new life for the woman born in the Vietnamese fishing village of Vung Tàu. But it seems to suit her.

As she talks, it becomes very apparent that she can handle any situation she encounters. A matter-of-fact statement. But these are the new realities of her life. Married to the recently elected junior senator from Virginia, she is now living part of America’s history. More NguoiViet.

April 6, 2007: Sanchez: Vietnamese officials show no regret. O.C. lawmaker says complaints of dissidents' family members being roughed up get little response in Hanoi. Vietnamese officials expressed no regret and provided no explanation for an incident Thursday in Hanoi during which family members of political dissidents were prevented from entering the U.S. ambassador's residence, Rep. Loretta Sanchez said today.

"They looked and nodded and didn't say much" when Sanchez and ambassador Michael Marine gave their account of the incident to the vice president of the Vietnamese National Assembly and other assembly members, Sanchez said in an interview from Thailand. Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, flew from Vietnam to Thailand Thursday night and will be heading to Kuwait on Saturday to spend Easter Sunday with America troops. More OC. Register.

Apr. 2, 2007: Janet Nguyen and the “silent majority”. Political insiders didn't rule the day, but the new supervisor has challenges ahead. One political veteran of Little Saigon calls Janet Nguyen the choice of the "silent majority."

Trung Nguyen got the endorsement of political big man Van Tran and virtually all the rest of the county's Vietnamese-American elected officials. But Janet must have had something going for her to squeak out a three-vote victory in the dramatic Feb. 6 county supervisor's election, which seems to be finally decided. More OC. Register.

Mar. 29, 2007: Nguyen fights the power and prevails. The supervisor's election divided both Little Saigon and the county GOP. Can winner Janet Nguyen bring everybody back together? By the time campaigning started for February's supervisor race, Assemblyman Van Tran had recruited a fresh face and set his considerable Little Saigon machine in motion. His goal was to field a winner – and to beat former protégé Janet Nguyen. Tran had appointed Nguyen to successive Garden Grove city commissions and then was a key backer when Nguyen won the seat he'd vacated on the City Council. More O.C Register.

Mar. 27, 2007: The Orange County Supervisor. Janet Nguyen sworn in. Seven weeks after election, 1st District supervisor takes her seat. She thanks crowd in English, Vietnamese. Janet Nguyen was sworn in as the county's new 1st District supervisor this morning, seven weeks after winning the Feb. 6 election by just three votes. More OC Register.

Mar. 21, 2007: Journey to a film. A Vietnamese-American film tells the story of the boat people who settled in O.C, As the talk show host chatted with the young filmmaker about his next project, Truc Ho, founder of the television network on which the program aired, started to pay closer attention. But then you do tend to take notice when a stranger describes the story of your life, which, in a sense, was what director Ham Tran had just done for Ho and tens of thousands of other Vietnamese immigrants to the United States. More OC. Register.

Mar. 9, 2007: Asian-Americans making their voices heard. Most-ever Asian-Americans were on November ballot, observers say. Henry Charoen, the country's first known Thai-American city council member, is beginning the new year as mayor pro tem of La Palma. In Garden Grove, Vietnamese-American newcomer Dina Nguyen took her oath after ousting established incumbent Harry Krebs for a City Council seat.

And the Midway City Sanitation District board now includes 23-year-old Truong Diep, the youngest candidate to win an Orange County race in November. The Nov. 7 election featured the highest number of Asian-American candidates in the county's history, political observers say. Of the 28 candidates who ran in city council, school board and other races, 13 emerged victorious. More OC. Register.

Mar. 5, 2007: CAMPAIGN 2007: San Jose City Council. Vietnamese Americans rising on electoral map. A second member of community could be voted in Tuesday. Two leading candidates in Tuesday's hotly contested election for a San Jose City Council seat spotlight the rising political influence of the Vietnamese American community in the region's most-populous city, some political experts say. More SF. Chronicle.

Feb. 28, 2007: Janet Nguyen must wait. Supervisors delay confirmation after legal challenge is filed. SANTA ANA – Janet Nguyen will spend another week as a Garden Grove City Councilwoman – rather than her first as an Orange County supervisor – after her future colleagues Tuesday postponed placing her in the seat she won by seven votes. Sidestepping a legal and political mire, the four members of the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to seat Janet Nguyen next week because second-place finisher Trung Nguyen challenged the legitimacy of the recount. More OC Register. L.A. Times.

Feb, 27, 2007: Janet Nguyen is expected to be named winner in disputed O.C. supervisor's race. A recount shows her winning by seven votes, the same number by which she was behind when she asked for a recount. Janet Nguyen was certified Monday as the winner of the Feb. 6 election for Orange County supervisor after a weeklong ballot recount that will probably be challenged in court by the initial top vote-getter, fellow Republican Trung Nguyen. County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said Janet Nguyen's margin of victory was seven votes — the same number she was behind when the recount began. More LA. Times.

Feb. 25, 2007: Campaign ad sparks call for retraction. An advertisement in a local Vietnamese-language newspaper has sparked new tension -- and the threat of legal action -- in the race to represent San Jose's city council District 4. Candidate Bryan Do is demanding the retraction of a paid advertisement in the Feb. 16 edition of the Viet Tribune that he said likened him to a communist guard at a prison camp. The ad was paid for by Friends of Hon Lien. More SJMN.

Feb. 23, 2007: For Clinton, New Wealth In Speeches. Fees in 6 Years Total Nearly $40 Million. Former president Bill Clinton, who came to the White House with modest means and left deeply in debt, has collected nearly $40 million in speaking fees over the past six years, according to interviews and financial disclosure statements filed by his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Last year, one of his most lucrative since he left the presidency, Clinton earned $9 million to $10 million on the lecture circuit. More Wash. Post.

Feb. 19, 2007: Lunar New Year brings on a drove of lucky newborns. Year of the Pig babies are thought to have a better life, and many couples are paying close attention to the calendar. Pregnancies are up in South Korea and China and among followers of the lunar calendar in the United States trying to bestow more luck on their families. Those born under this sign enjoy life and all it has to offer." Famous pigs include Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, singer Elton John, actor Ken Watanabe and Nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek. More SF. Chronicle.

Feb. 18, 2007: Happy Lunar new year. Dragon dances and fireworks kick off Little Saigon festival, which helps community groups and projects. The event runs through Monday. A fireworks show, dragon dances and a ceremony that honored the festival's founders and organizers kicked off the 25th annual Tet Festival in Garden Grove Park on Saturday. More OC Register.

Feb. 11, 2007: Vietnamese voters at epicenter of O.C. political earthquake, With just 7 ballots separating them, Trung Nguyen and Janet Nguyen take nearly half of those cast for supervisor. They relied on ethnic loyalties and the absentee vote. The two Republicans named Nguyen entered the race for a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors as blips on the establishment's screen: He an obscure school board member, she a neophyte councilwoman. Against them stood candidates anointed by the Republican and Democratic machines — as well as the wisdom that in immigrant-rich central Orange County, party loyalties won elections. More LA. Times.

Feb. 8, 2007: Trung Nguyen by 7. Though recount looms, Vietnamese-Americans spoke loudly in supervisor election. Trung Nguyen made a dramatic surge in the late absentee ballot count for county supervisor Wednesday, moving from 52 votes behind to seven votes ahead of Janet Nguyen. But while Janet Nguyen's requested recount is a week away, one outcome is undisputed. The Nguyens have demonstrated the blossoming of the Vietnamese-American community as a political force. No one from that ethnic group has served on the Board of Supervisors, and neither Nguyen was favored to win. More OC. Register.

Trung Nguyen on top by 7 votes. Rival Janet Nguyen is expected to seek a recount in O.C. supervisor's race whose outcome surprised many observers. A Vietnamese American school board member from Garden Grove who was a political unknown two months ago emerged Wednesday as the winner of an Orange County Board of Supervisors seat by just seven votes out of nearly 46,000 cast. But an expected recount means the election may not be settled for weeks. The Nguyens beat six others in the race, including better-known candidates who had the backing of the Democratic and Republican establishments. More LA. Times.

Feb. 7, 2007: Unofficial: It's Janet Nguyen. She leads Trung Nguyen by 52 votes. Remaining absentee ballots will be counted today. Up by just 52 votes late Tuesday night, Janet Nguyen vowed to be at the Registrar of Voters Office early today to wait for the final count in her race for the 1st District supervisor's seat. An addtional 2,575 ballots must still be counted and won't be finished until later today, Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said after the final tallies were posted at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Janet Nguyen's rival in Little Saigon, Trung Nguyen, said the race could still go his way, given that he won the majority of the absentee ballots. More OC. Register.

Janet Nguyen ahead in tight O.C. supervisor's race. The Garden Grove councilwoman is leading Trung Nguyen. The vote reflects power of Vietnamese community. A neophyte Vietnamese American city councilwoman took a slim lead Tuesday in the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors with as many as 3,400 ballots remaining to be counted. Janet Nguyen, a 30-year-old serving her first term on the Garden Grove City Council, led Garden Grove school board member Trung Nguyen by 52 votes with all precincts reporting in the winner-take-all special election to fill a vacant seat on the board. The two Vietnamese American candidates garnered nearly as many votes as the six other candidates in the race combined, in part by focusing their turnout efforts on voters in Garden Grove and Westminster. More LA. Times.

Feb, 2, 2007: O.C. candidate has serious image problem. A doctored photo puts Trung Nguyen in a bad spot just before the supervisor election. The campaign of an Orange County supervisorial candidate, whose slogan is "Honesty, Integrity and Leadership," has been caught doctoring a photo so that it places the politician close to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The photo into which Trung Nguyen was inserted appeared over the weekend in two Vietnamese-language daily newspapers, Vien Dong and Viet Bao Kinh Te. The papers are heavily circulated in Little Saigon, home to the largest Vietnamese community outside Southeast Asia. Nguyen's campaign variously blamed the alteration on an advertising company and a volunteer. More LA. Times.

Jan. 17, 2007: Game time in Vietnam. The singing begins Saturday for employees at the online gaming start-up VinaGame. Instead of beer-bash Fridays, the company hosts cafeteria karaoke contests. ``It's a Silicon Valley trend here. We do that so people will stay in the office,'' joked chief executive officer and Santa Cruz native Bryan Pelz. Pelz, who with several others co-founded Vietnam's biggest online gaming company, is helping usher in the Internet era. His start-up symbolizes the swift changes occurring in the country of 84 million people, which just joined the World Trade Organization. More SJMN.

Dec. 27, 2006: Gerald Ford dies at 93. Former president took over during depths of Watergate scandal.LOS ANGELES - Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon’s scandal-shattered White House as the 38th president and the only one never elected to nationwide office, has died. He was 93. He died at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Rancho Mirage, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles, his office said in a statement. More NBC.

Dec. 12, 2006: Vietnam college trip sparks outrage in San Jose. SOME SAY EVERGREEN TOUR ENDORSES COMMUNISTS. A vocal and emotional debate about a decades-old foreign war has erupted in San Jose's Vietnamese-American community, threatening to derail a college study trip to Vietnam scheduled for next month. Tonight, the San Jose Evergreen Community College District's board of trustees will hear from two camps -- students and faculty members who are planning to make the trip and community residents who are impassioned opponents of the government in Hanoi. More SJMN.

Dec. 11, 2006: Businesses set sights on Vietnam. When Chien Nguyen opened a division of Acronics Systems Inc. eight years ago in Ho Chi Minh City, he kept it quiet. Few American companies were in Vietnam then, and with many Vietnamese-Americans suspicious of the Vietnam government, those doing business in their former homeland risked being ostracized in their communities as communist sympathizers. More San Jose Bussiness Journal.

Dec. 9, 2006: Wall an Emblem of Mourning. Officials mark the 100,000th offering of trinkets left for loved one at the Vietnam War Memorial. In Poems and Trinkets, Vietnam Memorial Makes Note of Its 100,000th Offering. A widow named Margaret left a photograph addressed to Pete when she visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was of a smiling young man in a dark tuxedo -- their son. "Here's Guy's graduation picture," she wrote in an accompanying note. "You would be so proud of him, he's such a fine young man. . . . I think I have done a pretty good job of raising him." More Wash. Post.

House Votes To Normalize Vietnam Trade Bill Would End Requirement That Trade With Communist State Be Reviewed Each Year. The Republican-led House of Representatives passed a package of trade bills Friday night that includes a measure extending normal trade status to Vietnam. A weekend Senate session still loomed as some senators objected to trade provisions benefiting Vietnam, Haiti and Andean nations, among others. The House passed the trade bill by a 212-184 vote. More CBS News.

Dec. 7, 2006: Little Saigon may soon get ornate archways. Debate over ethnic emphasis long preceded the Westminster council's approval of the concept. After more than a decade of contentious debate, community leaders are moving forward with plans to erect ornate archways at the entrances to Little Saigon, the bustling heart of Orange County's Vietnamese American community. Earlier plans for a bridge, complete with a green-tiled pagoda and dragons, split the immigrant community and were dismissed by some as being "too Chinese." The revived effort would have a decidedly Vietnamese motif and would be dedicated to the fallen homeland of South Vietnam. More LA. Times.

Nov. 30, 2006: Vietnam lawmakers OK membership in WTO. HANOI, Vietnam - Vietnam's legislature ratified the country's entry into the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, paving the way for the communist nation to become the global trade body's 150th member. Vietnam's membership will take effect Dec. 28, 30 days after the National Assembly vote, opening the gates to increased foreign investment and trade in Southeast Asia's fastest-growing economy. The move was approved by a 444-3 vote, with two abstentions. More SJMN.

Nov. 18, 2006: Vietnam a worthy trading partner for United States... While the nation is only half the size of Bush's home state of Texas, Vietnam is well endowed with natural resources, including oil, bauxite and copper. This mineral wealth is complemented by significant marine resources and tropical forests. In the agricultural sector, Vietnam is a leading producer and exporter of rice, coffee, rubber, pepper and palm oil.

Still, the nation's greatest resource lies with its people. Vietnam's workforce is not only one of the largest in Asia, but is also highly literate and inexpensive, with wage costs much lower than other nations in the region. While the average Vietnamese is poor, a sizable consumer market is slowly evolving and poised to emerge as a market for Western goods. None of this has been lost on foreign investors. They view Vietnam's underdeveloped and untapped consumer market as one of the world's last frontiers. More SJMN.

Vietnam emerges as Asia’s newest tiger. On former battlegrounds, coffee shops and malls pave a prosperous future. HANOI, Vietnam - The waiter dressed in a smart red jacket takes orders on a handheld computer, while beyond the counter, the lattes are being lined up for customers, many of whom are hidden behind their laptop computers, eyes occasionally peering over the screen to check on the progress of the their order. More NBC.

Nov. 17, 2006: Microsoft's Mundie joins world's CEOs praising Vietnam's progress. Vietnam Top business leaders attending a Pacific Rim economic conference today praised communist Vietnam for its stunning progress in reforming its economy a day after U.S. companies struck a flurry of investment deals worth more than $1.6 billion. "Vietnam has demonstrated to the world its capacity for quantum leaps," said Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft. More Seattle Times.

A study in contrasts for Bush in trip to Vietnam. President Bush opened a visit today to the wartime capital of this once-divided country, a trip that is stirring inevitable comparisons between the unpopular war in Iraq and the divisive conflict fought and lost in Vietnam more than three decades ago. Vietnamese officials greeted Bush and his wife, Laura, at the airport on a humid and breezy morning. Two young girls, wearing flowing traditional dresses, presented them with bouquets of flowers. More SJMN.

Nov. 16, 2006: Vietnam's new elite. SOCIALIST IDEALS ARE FADING AS WORLD'S BUSINESSES RUSH IN. HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam - With neatly gelled hair, a crisp lime-green shirt and a $1,000 Longines watch from America, Hoang Duc Trung is the new face of Vietnam. The 35-year-old and his wife, an entrepreneur who sells medical equipment, vacation in Thailand and Singapore and drive to outings in a new $20,000 Ford sedan. On business trips abroad, his wife shops for Chanel and Versace couture. More SJMN.

Nov. 14, 2006: GOP courted Little Saigon. Strategists thought the Vietnamese vote could win Daucher the 34th Senate District seat. The race is still undecided, but she has a slim lead. If Lynn Daucher clings to her narrow lead and wins back a state Senate seat for the Republican Party, the Orange County woman may owe it to a group of Vietnamese American leaders and consultants. More LA times.

Nov. 14, 2006: A maturing Little Saigon now gives candidates a longer look. Gone are the days when professed anticommunism was enough to secure the enclave's support. Bob Dornan had it made, and he knew it. The firebrand conservative congressman could count on his Little Saigon constituency in Orange County to deliver the goods because he was known as a steadfast anticommunist. And to a community filled with Vietnamese who had fled the Communist regime in the 1970s, Dornan was a bulwark in their new country. Man, how the decades fly by. More LA Times.

Bush may get cool reception in Vietnam. When Bill Clinton came to Vietnam six years ago, he drew huge, jubilant crowds at every stop on the first visit by an American president since the end of the war in 1975.President Bush's reception at the Nov. 18-19 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Hanoi is likely to be considerably cooler. When Clinton arrived, thousands gathered along the route from Hanoi's international airport just before midnight in what was believed to be the largest turnout ever for a foreign head of state.More SJMN.

House defeats Vietnam trade bill. Legislation to normalize trade relations with Vietnam was defeated in the House Monday, four days before President Bush makes his first visit to the only country ever to defeat the United States in a major war.The measure failed to win the necessary two-thirds majority it needed to pass under a procedure House Republicans adopted in an effort to rush it through with limited debate. It received 228 votes in support - 32 short of what was needed. There were 161 votes against it. Ways and Means Committee aides, however, said Republicans planned to bring the measure up again Wednesday under normal procedures which will require only a majority for passage. The proposal gained 228 votes, 10 more than the 218 majority that would be needed under the normal process. More SJMN.

Nov. 12, 2006: Vietnamese in U.S. eye home investments. WESTMINSTER, Calif. - It was not so long ago that people who advocated trade with Vietnam faced reprisals and denunciation by staunch anti-communists in this enclave that's home to the nation's largest Vietnamese immigrant community. But with Vietnam's emerging economy, boosted this week by an invitation to join the World Trade Organization, many Vietnamese are openly discussing business opportunities in their old country. More SJMN.

Nov. 10, 2006: Intel plan emboldens investors in Vietnam. EMIGRES RETURN WITH SKILLS, MONEY. ``If a big guy like Intel has faith in the Vietnamese government and chooses Vietnam, it will bring better laws and regulations,'' said Jackie Tran. ``Small guys and (Vietnamese-Americans) like us will benefit from it, too.'' That sentiment is widespread among foreign investors in this bustling city in the weeks leading up to President Bush's visit for a regional economic conference and Vietnam's imminent entry into the World Trade Organization. More SJMN.

Nov. 8, 2006: Intel may invest up to $1 billion in Vietnam.CHIP COMPANY GETS GO-AHEAD FOR BIGGER INVESTMENT. Vietnam's government has given Intel the green light to triple its initial investment in the country, from $300 million to as much as $1 billion, according to published reports in the Southeast Asian country. More SJMN.

U.S.-Vietnam ties deepen. EVEN HARD-LINERS EMBRACE CLOSER ECONOMIC BOND. Twelve years ago when President Clinton lifted the trade embargo against Vietnam, he was blasted by many Vietnamese-Americans and condemned in the immigrant press. His trip to Vietnam six years later, the first by an American president in 25 years, was also criticized by some. But as President Bush prepares to visit Vietnam this month for an international economic summit, the reaction is markedly different. Even some Vietnamese-American hard-liners who have been in favor of isolating Vietnam are hopeful some good might come out of the trip and the deepening ties between Washington and Hanoi. More SJMN.

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Nov. 4, 2006: President Bush will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam to attend the 14th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Meeting on November 18-19. At APEC, the President looks forward to continuing his robust dialogue with APEC Leaders on ways to ensure the continued prosperity of the Asia-Pacific region. The President will have meetings with President Triet and Prime Minister Dung in Hanoi on November 17, and will hold bilateral meetings with other leaders while at APEC. While in Vietnam, President Bush will visit Ho Chi Minh City. The White House.

Oct. 24, 2006: Intel invests in Vietnam software company. In a small but symbolic move, Intel and a U.S. investment group are investing $36.5 million in Vietnam's largest software company, the companies announced Monday. Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of the Santa Clara-based chip maker, and Texas Pacific Group, the San Francisco-based investment firm, are collectively buying a stake in FPT, which provides software services in Vietnam, including back-end operations, telecommunications and outsourcing to Japanese companies. More SJMN.

Vietnam tightens grip on Internet. CAFES CLOSED FOR NOT REPORTING DISSENTERS. A climate of fear exists in Vietnam as the government clamps down on political activists -- many of them in the Bay Area -- who use the Internet to challenge the country's one-party system, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The Internet crackdown comes at a time when some political openness is actually occurring in the country, said T. Kumar, Amnesty International's advocacy director for Asia and the Pacific. The government's actions toward Internet activists is a ``paranoid'' reaction to online dissenters, particularly overseas Vietnamese, he said. More SJMN.

Oct. 21, 2006: Arrests pledged over Nguyen mailer. Condemnation of an intimidating mailer from congressional candidate Tan Nguyen's campaign swelled Thursday, as state investigators continued interviews in the county and the U.S. Justice Department joined the probe. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer told Nguyen's opponent, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, that details should become clearer in the next few days and that his office "would be making arrests," Sanchez said. More OC Register. SF Chronical. LA times.

Oct.17, 2006: U.S. reaches historic population point: 300,000,000.IMMIGRATION DRIVING GROWTH. When the nation's odometer clicked over to 300,000,000 people at 4:46 this morning, it was a milestone more figurative than literal. Someone is born in this country every seven seconds; someone dies every 13 seconds; and one new immigrant arrives every 31 seconds. Put them together, and presto: the United States has added one new resident every 11.25 seconds since the U.S. Census Bureau made the last official count in 2000. More SJMN. MSNBC.

Oct. 11, 2006: Viet-Americans embrace lawmaker. ORANGE COUNTY ASSEMBLYMAN HAS A BIG FOLLOWING IN SOUTH BAY. Spend a day in San Jose with Tran and one quickly comes to understand that he is the most important and influential political figure for the city's sizable Vietnamese-American population. And for those who aren't Vietnamese, he provides a critical link to a growing bloc of South Bay voters -- even if he doesn't technically represent any of them. Tran, a 41-year-old Republican, was elected nearly 400 miles away in Orange County. No matter. More SJMN.

Oct. 05, 2006: HP insiders charged with felonies. Former Hewlett-Packard board Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four others, including a former HP senior lawyer, were charged today by the California Attorney General with felony crimes involving the company's disastrous boardroom leak investigation. More SJMN.

Oct. 3, 2006: Little Saigon 'Godfather' sets sights on Vietnam. Real estate developer Frank Jao and silent partners have put $10 million into projects in his former homeland, suggesting a sea change in political climate. Frank Jao fled Vietnam in 1975 to escape communism and seek his fortune in Orange County. Now, after becoming the biggest developer in Little Saigon, Jao sees Vietnam as a new land of opportunity a suggestion that once would have drawn death threats from some anti-communists. More OC. Register. (Sep. 30 edition)

Sep. 30, 2006: Children Moon Festival organized by Viet-American Cultural Foundation (Viet-ACF) downtown San Jose, California, Free admission Cesar Chavez Park on Maket Street and San Fernando Street. From Noon to 9 p.m. Features: Vietnamese artist performers, lanterns & essays & drawing contests for children of all ages, magic & game shows, face painting, dragons dance and lanterns parade. Lanterns and Moon cakes free for children, free raffle tickets for 2 domestic air travel winners and other prizes.

Viet-ACF is a Partner with San Jose Public Library (funded by California State Library), Sponsors by Cathay Bank, New York Life, Santa Clara County First 5 & Children Discovery Museum, Pan Pacific Bank, East West Bank, Western Union and other Vietnamese businesses including members and donations from elected officials from the city of San Jose and county of Santa Clara. News released by Dat Nguyen Secretary Viet-ACF board.

Sep. 27, 2006: S.J. activist keeps democracy dream alive for Vietnam. Before his arrest in Vietnam, Cong Thanh Do knew he was a marked man. Speaking at length Tuesday for the first time since his release last week after 38 days of detention, Do said he had traveled to Vietnam to meet with fellow members of the underground People's Democratic Party, a banned political group. More SJMN.

Sep.22, 2006: Freed Viet activist home in S.J.INTENSE CAMPAIGN PERSUADES HANOI TO DEPORT DEMOCRACY CAMPAIGNER. A Vietnamese-American democracy activist arrested last month in Vietnam on suspicion of plotting to overthrow the communist government was welcomed home by a throng of supporters and his San Jose family Thursday night at San Francisco International Airport. More SJMN.

Sep. 12, 2006: Dunn to step down as HP chairwoman in January. REMAINS ON BOARD, REPLACED BY CEO MARK HURD. Hewlett-Packard board chairwoman Patricia Dunn will step down from that post in January, to be replaced by CEO Mark Hurd. Retired HP executive Richard Hackborn, who has served on the board since 1992, will become the company's lead independent director, also in January. Hackborn, worked for 33 years at HP, and served as board chairman in 2000. More SJMN.

Sep. 11, 2006: Federal prosecutors looking at HP board scandal.HP BOARD TO MEET AGAIN TODAY. The board-snooping scandal at Hewlett-Packard, already the focus of a criminal investigation by the California attorney general's office, has also drawn attention from federal prosecutors, the company disclosed today in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More SJMN.

Sep. 10, 2006: Officials call for activist's release. S.J. POLITICIANS JOIN CRITICISM OF VIETNAM. Local and state officials Saturday joined the call for the release of a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist from San Jose who was arrested in Vietnam last month, urging Congress to hold up a key trade agreement until his freedom is secured. Several San Jose council members plan to introduce a resolution next week urging Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as leaders in Washington, to seek the release of Cong Thanh Do. More SJMN.

Sep 7, 2006: Inside the HP privacy drama. COLLECTING BOARD MEMBERS' PERSONAL DATA DRAWS EYE OF ATTORNEY GENERAL. California's attorney general entered the spying drama surrounding Hewlett-Packard, issuing subpoenas Wednesday to determine whether laws were broken when investigators working with the chairman of the company's board secretly gained access to other board members' phone records. More SJMN.

Sep. 6, 2000: Viet activist led 2 lives AMILY: WE DIDN'T KNOW DAD WAS FIGHTING COMMUNIST RULE. As Cong Thanh Do's family members burn the phone lines trying to secure his release from a Vietnam jail, they're also uncovering a double life about the husband and father they mostly knew as a Silicon Valley engineer who enjoyed baking pastries and reading Vietnamese newspapers. Do, who was arrested in Vietnam on Aug. 14 for allegedly plotting to bomb the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, has since admitted to authorities in Vietnam that he's a pro-democracy activist who has been writing online articles under the pen name Nam Tran. More SJMN.

Aug. 28, 2006: Vietnamese neighborhood falls back on survival skills. BILOXI, Miss. - ``Pho 777 opening soon,'' promises the banner at Howard and Oak streets. Restaurant owner Dung Trinh recently moved here from North Carolina, spotting opportunity in the fevered casino reconstruction along the hurricane-damaged waterfront. Workers, Trinh reasoned, need to eat. More SJMN.

Viet gardens breaks ground INFUSION OF SUPPORT GETS PROJECT ON TRACK. Sunday wasn't the first time ground has been broken for a Vietnamese garden and cultural center in San Jose. But this time, supporters believe, the project is ready to bloom. More SJMN.

Aug. 18, 2006: Manufacturers Taking Flight -- to Vietnam. The country is luring companies with generous incentives and lower costs than China. LONG THANH, Vietnam Check that label: "Made in China" is starting to give way to "Made in Vietnam." Taking a page from Beijing's economic playbook, Vietnam is luring makers of shoes, garments and computer chips with tax breaks, inexpensive land and cheaper labor. Factory wages average $50 to $60 a month half as much as in the manufacturing centers along China's coast. The incentives are so attractive that even Chinese companies are relocating. More LA Times.

Vietnamese publisher, community leader dies. Yen Do, journalist, businessman and patron to many helped build Little Saigon. GARDEN GROVE - Yen Ngoc Do, one of Little Saigon's most respected community leaders, died Thursday of complications from diabetes and kidney disease. Do, 65, of Garden Grove, established Nguoi Viet Daily News in 1978 and built it into the largest and most influential Vietnamese-language newspaper in the United States. More OC. Register.

Aug.11, 2006: Judge releases grand jury transcripts. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James C. Emerson today ordered the release of more than 2,500 pages of transcribed testimony given over several months this year to the grand jury that indicted San Jose's mayor on six criminal felony counts. Read Transcripts from the Norcal grand jury, including in Volume 6, the testimony of David Duong CEO of CWS. More SJMN.

Aug. 6, 2006: Governor gives historic flag of S. Vietnam an official wave. Executive order gives yellow banner with three red stripes the state's recognition. California state buildings and parks now have the governor's blessing to fly the former flag of South Vietnam during holidays and special occasions. At an impromptu stop in Little Saigon on Saturday morning, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the long-awaited symbolic measure that gives the yellow flag with three red stripes the state's official recognition. About 10 states and over a dozen California cities and counties already have done so. More OC Register.

Jul. 28, 2006: O.C. activist's release celebrated. South Korea frees a man held since April on charges that he took part in terrorist plots against Vietnam. Family members, friends and followers of a Little Saigon activist celebrated his release Thursday from a South Korean prison where he had been held since April on terrorism charges made by the Vietnamese government. The Seoul High Court freed Chanh Huu Nguyen, rejecting Vietnam's request that he be extradited. The court ruled Thursday that he is a "political dissident," officials said. More O.C. Register.

Jul. 25, 2006: Hopes for a Vietnam Trade Shift. A proposal to normalize relations would benefit U.S. importers. Critics fear another China. When Nghia Van Phi first returned home to Vietnam in 2003, he still carried animosities toward the Communist government he had fled nearly three decades earlier. That's why Phi hopes Congress will act soon on a bill that would establish "permanent normal trade relations" with Vietnam, the final step in freeing up trade and investment between the former adversaries. More LA Times.

Jul. 16, 06: WTO Plan Reshapes Vietnam's Economy. Nation Prepares For Export Boom, New Competition. As Vietnam, one of Asia's fastest-growing economies, prepares to join the World Trade Organization, it is redoubling its efforts to look abroad. WTO membership will open new markets abroad, but it also will commit Vietnam to reduce protections for its own companies. "The impact on us will be very heavy," said Doan Duy Khuong, vice president of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "To be stronger, we have to learn how to compete." More Washington Post.

Jun. 23, 06: San Jose Mayor & Aide Arrested on Corruption Charges. Prosecutor accusdes mayor, aide in 'secret bribery, fraud scheme'. A Santa Clara County prosecutor this afternoon accused Mayor Ron Gonzales and his budget aide of engaging in a ``secret bribery, fraud scheme.''Deputy District Attorney Julius Finkelstein said the scheme was to give Norcal Waste Systems, San Jose's garbage contractor, $11.25 million more than it was entitled to under a contract with the city by agreeing to switch from the Longshoreman's Union to the Teamster's Union. Gonzales, Joe Guerra and Norcal were indicted on a seven-count complaint Wednesday, and on Thursday were arrested, booked and released on $50,000 bail. More SJMN.

Jun. 7, 2006: Reed leads in San Jose mayoral race; Chavez trails in second. VICE MAYOR TO FACE COUNCILMAN CRITIC IN NOVEMBER. Councilman Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez emerged from a crowded field of mayoral candidates Tuesday night to face each other in a runoff in November. The race pits a councilmember, Reed, who has been a strong critic of the direction of the council majority against the council member, Chavez, who often leads that majority. More SJMN.

Jun. 6, 2006: Have you voted today? Do your duty, huh!!!!!!

May 10, 2006: Minorities fueling new baby boom. Hispanic growth fueling increase in non-white children, census finds. - Nearly half of the nation's children under 5 are racial or ethnic minorities, and the percentage is increasing mainly because the Hispanic population is growing so rapidly, according to a census report released today. More MSNBC.

Apr.17,2006: Vietnam reorganizing leadership as it opens up economy. Vietnam's ruling Communist Party is widely expected to reshuffle its leadership this week but continue on the path of greater economic openness and global integration. Prime Minister Phan Van Khai, 72, and President Tran Duc Luong, 68, are both expected to step down to make way for younger leaders at the party's congress, held once every five years. More SJMN.

On the tech map: Vietnam HIGH-TECH PLAYERS FROM SILICON VALLEY PIONEER COUNTRY'S EFFORTS TO CATCH UP WITH INDIA, CHINA, TAIWAN. The cubicle culture has arrived. Desks in Vietnam are decorated with stuffed animals, goldfish and even a bust of former President Bill Clinton. Management offers rank-and-file software engineers beer-bash Fridays and team-building trips to resort towns. It's just like Silicon Valley. Well, except for the occasional communist hammer-and-sickle banner posted outside on city streets. More SJMN.

Mar. 24,2006: $693,000 verdict for a defamed Vietnamese. A jury awarded Tuan Pham of St. Paul $693,000 in his defamation suit against those he said called him Communist. The worst thing a Vietnamese refugee can be called, worse even than a murderer, is a Communist.That's what Tuan Pham says detractors falsely labeled him on protest signs while boycotting his business, on Internet postings and in letters to public officials including President Bush. More Startribune.com.

Feb. 7, 2006: In avid pursuit of ethnic vote VIETNAMESE-AMERICANS PLAY KEY POLITICAL ROLE AS NUMBERS INCREASE. What's that white male mayoral candidate doing dressed in a traditional Vietnamese robe and attempting a phrase or two in Vietnamese? Why, politicking, of course, and demonstrating that San Jose's Vietnamese-American community has achieved an importance in local races that candidates for the city's highest office cannot ignore.

Vietnamese-Americans are ``getting into the mainstream,'' said mayoral candidate Chuck Reed, and ``elected officials are paying attention.'' Reed certainly is, along with fellow Councilman Dave Cortese and Vice Mayor Cindy Chavez, the candidates whose campaigns for the June mayoral primary are the most organized and best-funded to date. More SJMN.

Jan. 4, 2006: Abramoff pleads guilty in corruption case, Top lobbyist could face 30 years in prison if convicted of federal charges. Embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress. More MSNBC.

Jan. 3, 2006: How much power should president have? Full Speed Ahead.After 9/11, Bush and Cheney pressed for more power and got it. Now, predictably, the questions begin. Behind the NSA spying furor. The talk at the White House in the days and weeks after 9/11 was all about suitcase nukes and germ warfare and surprise decapitation strikes.... Such chilling sights are not likely to inspire thoughtful ruminations about the separation of powers or the true meaning of the Fourth Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures....

In a perfect democracy trying to strike a balance between civil liberties and national security, there would be reasoned, open debate between representatives of the different branches of government. But human nature and politics rarely work in neat and orderly ways. More MSNBC.

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