VIET ART CENTER (VAC) WEEKLY ENEWS 8/27
I. Art, Culture, Charity
Garden Grove, CA – VAC – Vietnamese Music Radio Show: A Rose for Life
Los Angeles, CA - The Filipino American Library: Children Reading
Newport Beach, CA – OC Museum of Art - Cultural Family Art Day
II.Press Release of Interests: Art, Economics, Politics, et “all things
1. The Bolsavik: Election 2008: Vietnamese-American vs.
2. California Museum: California Dreamers Scholarship Challenge
3. CAVICO Corporation: VN Dam Construction Contract
4. Vietnamese Olympic Medals:
a. Vietnamese-Chinese-Canadian won gold medal
b. Vietnamese won silver medal
5. AFP: Singapore Demonstration Rules
A Note From Viet Art
The Olympic is over; the flame is out; the summer is over; the heats
(summer and election) are on…still; and the good new is that VAC’s
E-news is back to all of you who love and support Vietnamese art and
The D emocratic convention is happening this week. The Republican is
coming next week. Last week, I asked a friend:
- Obama or McCain?
With no particular comment about Obama, he replied:
- McCain is too … old.
With no particular comment about Obama, I said:
- The Vietnamese has a proverb: “The older the=2
0ginger, the hotter the
spice” (Gung cang gia cang cay). And by the way, Our Holy Father, Pope
Benedict XVI is 81 (1927).
Should wisdom and integrity matter more than age and beauty (actually,
beau)? Are we searching for the next president or the next star? Chec k
out this interesting quote from Gore Vidal (U.S. novelist) in referring
to Ronald Reagan:
“The carefully packaged persona of the old-time movie star resembles
nothing so much as the carefully=2 0packaged persona of today's
politician. Was it not inevitable that the two would at last coincide
in one person?”
Perhaps, in the next decades, we may enjoy a movie with these two
presidential stars: Bill Clinton and George Bush.
…Some thoughts for thoughts!!!
VAC is working on severa l exciting projects, including our bi-weekly
radio show: A Rose for Life, which will be debut locally on Radio
Bolsa, Channel 1190AM.
We look forward to your support of our upcoming art and cultural
Peace and Love,
Michelle Phuong Thao
Executive Director, VAC
I. Events: Art, Culture, and Charity
1. Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A Rose for Life
A bi-weekly radio show –
- produced by Viet Art Center
- sponsored by friends of Viet Art Center and other non-profit
Content: Vietnamese literature and music
Objective: Just for love and peace at heart:
Tons of roses, much love, and very romantic
- Not a bit politics, nada controversial, and no quarrelsome
Hosts: Quyen Di and Que Nghi20
Channel: Radio Bolsa – 1190AM
Every other Wednesday starting September 10, 2008
We will upload this show, accompanying with the English translation, to
our website www.vietartcenter. net for those who live outside of
Southern California. For donations/sponsorship of our radio show,
please email email@example.com. Your donations will be
tax-deductible accordingly to the U.S. tax law.
2. The Filipino American Library: Children Reading Programs
Through its new Children’s Reading Program, the Filipino American
Library (FAL) will have events on Saturday, August 30 at 2:00-4:00pm=2
0at the Asian Pacific Resource Center (Montebello Regional Library,=2
01550 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello 90640) and Saturday, September 6 at
1:00-3:00pm at the Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture – FPAC (Point
Fermin Park, 807 W. Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro 90731). They are
recommended for children ages=2 03-8. Please RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 213-382-0488.
3. Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cultural Family Art Day
Organized and sponsored by Orange County Museum of Art
Location: 850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA
Live Entertaiment Performance by
Viet Art Children’s Folk Music Group and Dragon Dancing Team
olklorico Dancers, Jewish Performances, Native American
Dancers, and more.
Come to cheer our all children folk music performers and dragon dancers
from Viet Art Center and the other cultural groups.
Contact Information: 949-759-1122 or visit website www.ocma.net for
II. Press Release of Interests
1. The Bolsa vik: Election 2008: Vietnamese-American vs.
If you have yet registered to vote, stop by a Post Office to fill out
the Voter Registration Form. If you are living within the infamous
“Little Saigon” District, not only that you will vote for our next
president, but you will have a rare opportunity to bring 14
Vietnamese-American candidates into various local positions in Orange
County. If you want to know “who is running for what, whether the
position is high or low, powerful or not-so-powerful”, check out this
complete report from The Bolsavik: http://bolsavik.com/?p=345
Your vote will certainly count so investigate,20interview, and input
your vote independently.
2. California Museum: California Dreamers Scholarship
"So think for a moment what you would have to do to stand out in a
state of 37 million people. You'd have to go out and do what your heart
and mind ordered you to do."
-- Maria Shriver
$5,000 Scholarship Award
Exclusively for 2009=2
0High School students
For more information about this contest, visit California Museum’s
3. Cavico Corporation: Cavico is Awarded Dam Construction
Contract as a Part of the Ta Trach Water Reservoir
This press re lease was sent to me by Cavico Corporation’s Media
Relation Department. What is so special about Cavico Corporation?
Indeed, “Cavico Corporation (ticker CVIC.OB) is the only Vietnamese
company that lists on a U.S. exchange, and is a leading infrastructure
developer in Vietnam” (quoted from Cavico’s Media Relation Department).
I am happy t hat a Vietnamese company is part of the American (and/or
the world) capitalist system. Hopefully, we will see more Vietnamese
companies listed on the U.S. stock exchange in the future.
Since Cavico was traded last at 19 cents as of closing on 8/27/08,
their stock is considered “Penny Stock”. If you would like to invest in
Cavico, consult your stockbroker and update your risk profile. From my
experience, your risk profile must be “high” and “many years of trading
experience” before you can purchase “Penny Stock”.
About this project: The dams that Cavico has been contracted to
constr uct are part of the second largest project in Vietnam ’s central
region. The dams will limit flood damage
s caused by floods in Hue city
– a site previously devastated by floods. Additionally, the reservoir
may become a hydropower plant with a capacity of 18,000 KW that would
generate an average of 60 million kWh per year. For more information
4. Vietnamese Olympic Medals
As citizens of the world, the Vietnamese descendents won two medals at
a. Vietnamese-Chinese-Canadian won Olympic gold medal
Carol Huynh brought the first gold medal home to her country, Canada.
Her father was born in China; Her mothe r was born in Vietnam:
Or vice versa:
Or both parents were born in Vietnam.
The fact is that Carol Huynh and her family members are boat people –
“authentic”=2 0Vietnamese refugee – and Canada is their home country.
So congratulation to Vietnamese, Chinese, and Canadian!
b. Vietnamese won silver medal
On the other hand, Hoang Anh Tuan, purely Vietnamese and representing
Vietnam, won the one and only medal for Vietnam. It is a silver medal.
AFP: Singapore Demonstratio
During the last three weeks, I watched th e best ever Grand Ope ning
and the best ever Closing Ceremony of the Olympic-Beijing. I may be
unpopular by saying this: “Thank you Director Zhang Yimou and the
thousands of Chinese artists for providing such a magnificent and
unimaginable shows of the century.” For the first time, I will buy the
original copy of these ceremonies to keep watching for years to come.
Besides Michael Phelps, the Chinese gymnastic legal age, the Chinese
voice dubbing, the American media spent many hours on the issue of 8
0demonstration”, actually “non-demonstration” during the Olympic. Last
night, I was surprised coming across this new about Singapore,
considering a democratic country in Asia. At least, I thought so (?)
“It is illegal to hold a public gathering of five or more people in
Singapore without a20police permit, meaning demonstr ations seldom
So what is freedom? Perhaps, like beauty, “it’s in the eyes of the
Another thought for thought!!!
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