Garden Grove Mayor Bruce Broadwater Attacks Opponent Bao Nguyen With Most Laughable Mailer Ever

Photo by John Gilhooley
Nguyen: Making Broadwater running scared

Pandering to the Vietnamese voter base has been way simple for a long time. In danger of losing your election? Just say your opponents loves the commies. Or you hate the commies more! Throw in some grainy photos, and don't forget to slap a a commie star on the commie...'cause commie star! Even Karl Rove couldn't think of a more fiendishly simple script.

And here's the latest example from Little Saigon: an attack mailer targeted at Garden Grove mayoral candidate (and current school trustee) Bao Nguyen paid for by a committee tied to the city's mayor, Bruce Broadwater.

The Weekly appears twice on the mailer (It's nice to know we have fans), which paints Nguyen as a commie-loving, community-hating all around bad guy--and anyone knows that any politician this infernal rag doesn't immediately hate has no chance of winning an election. But the attack basically boils down to: freedom of speech sucks, everyone who lives in Vietnam is a communist, and gay people shouldn't be talked about.

More »

Letter Returned to Westminster Because Someone "Don't Speak Gook": UPDATE

mail thief mission viejo.jpg

UPDATE, 5:31 P.M.: The person whose address was listed as having rejected the letter contacted the Weekly and let us know that not only did they NOT write the "gook" note visible in the letter, but that they never even received the letter in the first place. As we wrote earlier, we openly wondered who actually wrote the note.

ORIGINAL POST, 10:33 A.M.: Holy racism, Bat Man! Fresh off the presses of our friends over at Angry Asian Man, someone returned a letter sent by an Asian-American-run insurance company in Westminster because they, quote, "Don't Speak Gook."

Seriously, what the fuck.

More »

Cam Da Le, Nail Salon Manager, Allegedly Pimped Out Worker Who Was Only Paid Tips

Courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's office
Nail salon manager Cam Da Le is accused of pimping out a worker paid only in tips.

To hear authorities tell it, Cam Da Le's Garden Grove nail salon buffed more than just toenails and fingernails, as the 47-year-old is accused of pimping out a female worker there.

More »

What the Hell Was Larry Agran Even Thinking Trying to Befriend a Vietnamese City?

Apparently, a horrible politician

Last night, hundreds of Vietnamese Americans beset Irvine City Hall to voice their distaste at Larry Agran's suggestion that the city of Irvine start a friendship city relationship with Nha Trang, Vietnam. They filled the seats and the parking lot, overflowing around the building as anti-communist Vietnamese Americans in Orange County have done since Vietnamese Americans have been in Orange County.

By the end of the night (really, before the meeting even began), Agran relented, and pulled the Vietnamese city the vote. He still lost his vote to befriend two other cities, one in China and one in Pakistan, 2-3 along party lines.

And so, Larry, a simple question: WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?!

More »

Thanh Van Quang Is Our "Citizen of the Week!"

OCW citizen of the week logo 1 2013.jpg

Little Saigon's wild Thanh Van Quang arrived at Wasco State Prison on Wednesday and, after an evaluation, corrections officials eventually will bus him to a more permanent home at a different California penitentiary, where he'll reside while serving a tough sentence.

You may remember my colleague Matt Coker reported earlier this month on Quang's sentencing hearing for committing one of Orange County's more bizarre crimes.

In Nov. 2012, he used a lighter to ignite a one-gallon container of gasoline inside Room 25 at the Pueblo Motel on Harbor Boulevard. The explosion blew him out of the door, risked the lives of the other motel occupants and caused more than $177,500 in damage. He wore embarrassing evidence of his stunt. Flames burned a portion of his hair and skin on his upper back.

Quang's defense lawyer claimed his client momentarily lost his mind and intended to burn clothes he'd placed outside of the second-floor motel room shortly before the blast, but accidentally lit the gas inside the room.

A prosecutor argued the defendant committed arson as a route to revenge against the motel manager, who'd intervened earlier in a shouting match Quang had with his guests.

Whatever the truth regarding motive, a superior court judge handed a convicted Quang a term of 33 years to life.

But before we close the book on this character it's only fitting to acknowledge all of his contributions to society.

More »

Immigration Official Who Allegedly Demanded Egg Roll & Cash Bribes Faces June Trial

This is what it's come to: egg roll bribery?
In November 2011, Mai Nhu Nguyen--a federal official in Orange County with power to grant or deny citizenship applications--forced a Vietnamese immigrant to buy and deliver 300 egg rolls to her government building for an office party, according to a three-count indictment.

Investigators in the public-corruption unit of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also claim in their criminal filing that, in November 2012, Nguyen told another Vietnamese immigrant facing a green card interview she would "take care" of her case for a $1,000 secret payment.

More »

Vietnamese LGBT Groups Successfully March in Tet Parade

Photo by William Vo

After multiple votes for exclusion and inclusion, city council meetings, impassioned speeches, private meetings, lawsuits, boycotts, and a several-hour delay, Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC), the non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the Vietnamese LGBT community, successfully marched in the Orange County Tet parade.

"We feel great," Hieu Nguyen said afterwards. "There's a sense relief. Everyone's fears were unfounded. We were able to show that we are a part of the Vietnamese American community and that we can't be denied."

More »

LGBT Orgs Cleared to March in 2014 Tet Parade

Photo by Charles Lam
Federation members counting the votes

The Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California voted earlier today to allow LGBT organizations to march in the 2014 Tet Festival in Westminster, the same parade such groups were banned from last year and had been demonized in previous years. The vote comes after an earlier vote banning the organizations from this year's festival. However, a re-vote was scheduled following a meeting moderated by Westminster Mayor Tri Ta and Councilmember Sergio Contreras between members of the federation and Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC), a non-profit organization working towards equity and unity in the Vietnamese diaspora.

"I think the outcome was great," said Phong Ly, former president of UVSA (Union of Vietnamese Students Association of Southern California, the group that holds the largest Tet festival in the country) and president of Phan Boi Chan Youth Association. "Some people have called it a victory, but I don't think it's a victory for one group or individual. It a victory, a big step forward for our community that we can open our hearts to love."

More »

2014 Tet Festival Moves to OC Fairgrounds

Photo by Eric Hood

The 2014 Tet Festival's not going to be in Garden Grove this year.

After months of uncertainty, failed negotiations, and accusations of bad faith, the Union of the Vietnamese Students Associations Southern California (UVSA) has found a new home for the festival that's been hosted in Garden Grove for over a decade -- the Orange County Fairgrounds.

"In Vietnamese culture, they say that every twelve years (which is a full cycle of the zodiac), something new will occur," reads a UVSA press release published late Dec. 26 announcing the new location. "The relocation to the OC Fair and Event Center is an exciting opportunity for the festival to grow and become an even more enjoyable event for the general public."

More »

Judge Issues Injunction Against Fake iPhone 5 Protective Case Counterfeiter

OC counterfeiter sold fake cases for iPhone 5
A federal judge in Orange County has issued a permanent injunction against a Little Saigon man who used eBay and other Internet store fronts to sell counterfeit products.

According to an October complaint filed by Element Case, Inc., defendant Allen Tran of Garden Grove duped "consumers throughout the United States" by leading them to believe they were buying the company's authentic products, including its 2011 federally-registered trademark EC Element Case for the iPhone 5.

More »