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Times Staff WriterHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam — GOOD morning, Saigon: Another shopping day is breaking on the wide, tree-lined boulevards of the city's central business district. Proprietors are sweeping sidewalks, saleswomen are rearranging displays, tourists are...
Times Staff WriterAdrift in a rickety boat on the South China Sea, 10-year-old Bich Vu had gone nearly three weeks with no food and little water during his escape from Vietnam. Now a storm threatened to capsize the vessel and dump the boy and 125 fellow refugees into the...
"We recently returned from a trip to Vietnam, which still has some excellent French restaurants. The most outstanding is Augustin Restaurant in downtown Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). A dinner for five (appetizers, main course and chocolate soufflés)...
The Eaves of Heaven A Life in Three Wars Andrew X. Pham Harmony Books: 302 pp., $24.95 Only its loss defines a golden age. Andrew X. Pham's story of Pham Van Thong, his father, is ostensibly one of devastation. A young Vietnamese loses his ancestral...
Thirty-two years after the fall of Saigon, the war against communism rages on in Orange County's Little Saigon, the largest concentration of Vietnamese exiles in the world. Years ago, being called a communist there could get you killed -- between 1987 and...
Of all the lessons of the Vietnam War, one is particularly important to heed this year as Afghanistan prepares to elect a president. In the early 1970s, while the United States engaged in separate negotiations with the North Vietnamese in Paris, an...
The Red scare, as described in "A Vietnam War in O.C." by Nick Schou, only exists in the mind of the author. The Op-Ed makes no effort to explain what Viet Weekly did or why the protesters reacted the way they did to the newspaper. Let's make one thing...
Of the new restaurants crowding the Vietnamese restaurant scene, this dozen represents best the delicious new era in Little Saigon and beyond. Amazon. There's talent in the kitchen at this swankily designed lounge and hangout in an obscure location off...
Tags: Salt, Dining and Drinking, Chicken Salad, Family, Soups
Special to the Los Angeles TimesCall it a musical fairy tale. Minh Tuyet grew up nearly destitute with her six siblings in Vietnam. The family barely had money for food, and "new" clothes were sewn together from scraps of fabrics. In tough times, she and her siblings would find...
Tags: Comedy (genre), Family, Vietnam, DVDs, Weddings
The assassination of John F. Kennedy 45 years ago today brought an abrupt end to what his admirers called Camelot, a presidential era of glamour, intelligence, wit and possibility. But the murder had an even more profound consequence: Nov. 22, 1963, was...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhen Dada Ngo opened a Cajun-style crayfish restaurant in the heart of Orange County's Vietnamese enclave, she worried whether it would survive. Crayfish was popular fare along the Gulf Coast where she had lived, but the red-clawed crustaceans were...
Tags: Dining and Drinking, Family, Sales, Seafood, Sandwiches
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThirty-three years after the Vietnam War ended, the fallen country of South Vietnam lives on -- in the streets of Orange County's Little Saigon and in the minds of thousands of refugees who fled communist forces and rebuilt their lives here. The memories...
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