July 24, 2013

California Food and Agriculture Head to lead Trade Mission to Vietnam and China.

State food and agriculture secretary Karen Ross will lead a trade delegation to China and Vietnam in September, according to a press release issued by the California Deparment of Food and Agriculture. She will be leading an agricultural trade delegation to China and Vietnam from September 16-21, 2013, as part of the California State Trade and Export Promotion program.

This mission will visit Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City with the goal of providing export business opportunities for California farmers, ranchers and food processors. The new California-China Trade and Investment Office in Shanghai, opened by Governor Brown during his trade mission, will help coordinate this mission by facilitating links between California businesses and Chinese counterparts who have shown interests in purchasing California products.

Funding for this trade mission will come from a grant administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Companies interested in participating in the trade mission should contact the Fresno Center for International Trade Development at (559) 324-6401or visit, The full press release can be read at this link:

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December 28, 2007

Vietnam Deports Vietnamese-American from California Dissident Group

Communist Vietnam deported a Vietnamese-American pro-democracy activist last week, according to a report in New American Media. Leon Truong was arrested on Nov. 17 with five other pro-democracy activists, including one U.S. citizen, a French citizen, one Thai and two Vietnamese nationals, accused of plotting terrorism against the communist state. Truong, a member of the banned California-based Viet Tan (Vietnam Reform Party), left on a Taipei-bound China Airlines flight from Saigon, Vietnam Television reported. The arrests had led to a rally of Vietnamese Americans outside the Vietnamese embassy in Washington, a protest letter to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung from a group of Congress members, and a call to explain the charges from the U.S. ambassador to Hanoi.

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April 5, 2007

Vietnamese International Film Festival to open in Irvine

The Vietnamese International Film Festival 2007 (ViFF) is set to open reflecting the lives of Vietnamese around the world via the eyes of filmmakers. ViFF 2007 will open with the world premiere of the martial arts drama, The Rebel, directed by Charlie Nguyen on April 12 and close with the feature debut, Owl and the Sparrow, directed by Stephane Gauger. A Spotlight Program on will showcase screenwriter, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, whose work is featured in the film Song trong so hai (Living in Fear) directed by Bui Thac Chuyen. Six made-in-Vietnam features, including Chuyen cua Pao (Pao’s story), Song trong so hai (Living in Fear), Hon Truong Ba da hang thit (Souls on swing), Hat mua roi bao lau (Bride of Silence), Ao lua Ha Dong (the White silk dress), and Dong mau anh hung (the Rebel) will be showcased at the festival. Established in October 2003, ViFF aims to support and promote cinema by filmmakers of Vietnamese descent. Screenings will be held mainly at University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Film & Video Center with selected screening panel discussions at UCLA and in Westminster, California on two consecutive weekends from April 12-15 & 19-22. Opening Night will be held at the Edwards University Cinema 6, Irvine.

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March 17, 2007

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister visits California

“Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem is now in the US for his official visit, until March 18. His first step was San Francisco, California on March 10, where Khiem worked with heads of several universities and colleges of California, the mayor of Berkeley city, the Managing Director of the Bay Area World Trade Centre, CEO of the United Commercial Bank Thomas Wu, overseas Vietnamese in California, and the staff of the General Consulate of Vietnam. Meeting with over 250 overseas Vietnamese in California, Khiem said the Vietnamese Party and Government considered overseas Vietnamese an important part of the Vietnamese community.”

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February 19, 2007

Big Trouble in Little Saigon

New American Media reports on the heated campaign for Orange County Board of Supervisors by two Vietnamese Americans, both named “Nguyen”. The election has triggered a recount and the two candidates are separated by only seven votes.

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January 12, 2007

Vietnam business association starts in California …

Vietnam business association starts in California
The Vietnam Business Association yesterday made debut in the U.S. to promote trade and business links between the two countries on the occasion of Vietnam becoming a full member of the World Trade Organization. The association, which is located in Irvine, California, will serve as a bridge in facilitating trade, investment and business opportunities.
Saigon Times Daily – No. 2860 Friday, January 12, 2007

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