| Dec 30, 2011
Reading Lewis Sorley's scalding biography of Army Gen. William Westmoreland, "Westmoreland: The General Who Lost Vietnam," is like watching a slow-motion replay of an oncoming train wreck.
The result of this collision is known: failure of the U.S....
| Jan 27, 2010
When Vietnamese food lovers spot the neon sign of Thien An Bo Bay Mon, they know exactly what to expect at the Rosemead restaurant. Bo bay mon (often spelled bo 7 mon) denotes the famous Saigon-style all-beef dinners of seven courses, brought to the table...
| Jun 15, 2008
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...
| Dec 31, 2008
"Please don't call my cooking 'fusion,' " chef Haley Nguyen insists, as she assures me that the flavors of her food are those she grew up with in Vietnam.
The jewel-like beauty of the dishes at Xanh Bistro near Westminster's Little Saigon and the au...
| Nov 5, 2008
A baguette, still warm from the oven, its golden crust trellised with cracks. Sandwiched inside, a bright green thatch of cilantro and jalapeños, a tangle of pickled carrots and daikon, a smear of pâté. Loaded between that, maybe a layer of rich barbecued...
| Jun 9, 2006
Adrift 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...
| Aug 24, 2008
The first time that Archbishop Joseph Kiet Ngo of Hanoi visited Orange County, he was struck by the energy and passion the Vietnamese community had brought to the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. He met dozens of Vietnamese American priests,...
| Jul 15, 2009
At this time of year, like many cooks, I'm obsessed with fresh herbs. But you can keep your Genovese basil, French tarragon and Italian parsley; for me the magic is in the leafy aromatics of the Vietnamese table -- red perilla, garlic chives and rice...
| Nov 5, 2008
Where to find bánh mì in SoCal
Most real bánh mì lovers know about Lee's Sandwiches (leesandwiches.com)-- drive-through bánh mì! -- with 15 branches in Southern California and more in Northern California and the Southwest. (If you have a craving at 3...
| Sep 8, 2009
In a dimly lighted warehouse at the end of an alleyway in Orange County's Little Saigon, five reporters sat side by side on mismatched chairs, talking on telephones and typing away on their keyboards. There was no air conditioning, and two large fans...
| Apr 10, 2010
A few years ago, Faye Jonason received a call from a Vietnamese couple from Roseville, Calif., who asked if she had a photo of their wedding. The couple were married at one of the "tent cities" erected at Camp Pendleton that housed tens of thousands of...