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Join us as we celebrate
ay is Asian Pacific American
(APA) Heritage Month, and noth-
ing brings spectacular Asian culture togeth-
er like the Annual Asian Heritage Awards
event. Held every year, we honor the her-
Feng Shui
itage and achievement of Asian Americans, Real Estate
and we salute the dedication and bravery of
By Gwen Coronado
our armed forces, Army, Navy, Marines
and Air Force, and the Coast Guard.
This year, the festivity will be held, Saturday, July 25, aboard the USS
Midway on San Diego Bay. The USS Midway, now a museum, has served the
United States proudly over the years, and once again receives top honor to host
and celebrate the accomplishments of Southern California’s Asian Pacific Islander
community in education, cultural preservation, performing arts, literature, visual
arts and more. This will be the Academy Awards of all social galas as we recognize
and celebrate talented movers and shakers, all the while enjoying a gala dinner,
fantastic entertainment, and enchanting cultural performances from China,
Vietnam, Thailand, India and Polynesia.
The USS Midway was instrumental in the closing days of the Vietnam War, as
communist forces were overrunning the South Vietnamese capitol of Saigon. The
USS Midway was ordered to steam off the Vietnamese coast and pick up civilians
desperate to escape to America – a mission called “Operation Frequent Wind.”
At the time of the rescue mission, the air became thick with helicopters as
pilots flew from Saigon to the Midway, dropped off civilians and returned for
more. During April 29 and 30, 1975, the USS Midway brought 3,073 refugees to
safety. Seven more arrived safely when a South Vietnamese pilot landed his family
in a small airplane meant to hold two passengers. Days later, the carrier picked up
another 84 "boat people" fleeing in a rickety craft.
Currently, Congressman Joseph Cao, representing the 2nd District of
Louisiana, is expressing support for the Designation of May 2, 2009 as
"Vietnamese Refugee Day,” and is being considered under suspension of the rules,
requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep.
Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA) on April 21, 2009.
Being Vietnamese myself, I feel that H.R. Res. 342 would support the desig-
nation of `Vietnamese Refugees Day' to commemorate the arrival of Vietnamese
refugees in the United States, to document the harrowing experiences Vietnamese
refugees, and subsequent achievements in our new homeland, to honor the host
countries that welcomed the boat people, and to recognize the voluntary agencies
and nongovernmental organizations that facilitated their resettlement, adjustment,
and assimilation into mainstream society in the United States.
As of 2006, 72 percent of Vietnamese-Americans were naturalized United
States citizens, the highest rate among all Asian groups, together, we will help
Congressman Joseph Cao to push the bill forward.
This is a great time for us to view and salute the USS Midway, and to help
ASIA, The Journal of Culture & Commerce celebrate Major General Antonio
Taguba for his dedication to military service and for exposing the truth about Abu
Ghraib. See you at the Gala. Please contact Asia 619 521 8008 for the tickets, and
I am looking forward to see you…Email Gwen at
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