Viet Time Roundup

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Some random articles for you to peruse from the last couple of months:

Vu’s View: We Can’t Let American Democracy Crumble

Our world is no stranger to power-hungry leaders who strip citizens of their rights and established governments of their standing. We escaped it in Vietnam. We are witnessing it in Ukraine. And here at home, unless we get it back on track, our democracy risks being lost to authoritarian rule.

Classes help local Vietnamese Americans keep their language alive

In an Arlington classroom decorated with the Vietnamese alphabet on the wall, 20 primary school-age children are learning how to say their favorite ice cream flavors in Vietnamese.

A boy raises his hand. “Vanilla,” he answers as others try to remember words in the language spoken by their parents at home.

“In Vietnamese, please,” says teacher Ngoc Tran. Tran has taught children Vietnamese for the past four years in classes held at Arlington’s Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Church.

Congressional Representatives Correa and Steel Introduce Resolution Honoring Vietnamese Americans

Representatives Lou Correa (CA-46) and Michelle Steel (CA-45) introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the contributions of the Vietnamese-American community to the United States on February 8, 2024. Orange County, California, is home to Little Saigon and almost 190,000 Vietnamese Americans, making it the largest Vietnamese diaspora in the world outside of Vietnam.

This New Vietnamese American Cafe Will Blend McDonald’s Breakfast With Pandan Waffles

For those uninitiated, the McDonald’s Big Breakfast consists of a biscuit, scrambled eggs, a sausage patty, and an order of hash browns — the heartiest, non-sandwich morning meal on the McDonald’s breakfast menu. Chef Richard Le (Matta), coffee roaster Kimberly Dam (Portland Ca Phe), and pastry chef Lisa Nguyen (Heyday) all share childhood memories of McDonald’s Big Breakfasts. Their fathers would buy each of them the plate as a treat, taking them to the chain’s PlayPlace as an inexpensive weekend activity. At their forthcoming Vietnamese American breakfast cafe, Mémoire Cà Phê, the owners will serve their own version of the McDonald’s Big Breakfast, swapping the biscuit for a pandan waffle.

“McDonald’s was a very Vietnamese thing,” Nguyen says. “It was a big deal. I think, for them, that American experience was really special.”

Vietnamese-American actress Ali Wong's awards-show dress requires van transport

Vietnamese-American actress and comedian Ali Wong stole the spotlight at the 2024 SAG Awards with her mesmerizing laser-cut dress, a fashion choice that required her to arrive in a van.

Wong, nominated for her role in the TV series "Beef," arrived at the event in a sprinter van, standing up in the back throughout the journey, as revealed by Glamour magazine last week.