Vietnamese American National Gala Recognizes the Contributions of Vietnamese Americans; 'Celebrating Three Decades of Progress'.WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of prominent Vietnamese Americans will gather in the nation's capital in May 2004 to celebrate their achievements, to thank their adopted homeland, and to join other Asian American communities and America in the month-long celebration of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the .
In the three decades since their arrival to the United States following the fall of Saigon The Fall of Saigon (in Vietnamese: Sự kiện 30 tháng 4 - in English: April 30 Incident or Giải phóng miền Nam - in English: The Liberation of the South , Vietnamese Americans have made considerable contributions in everything from aeronautics to engineering, from commerce to public service, from NASA to the NFL.
"Viet Nam is not just a distant place or a not-so-distant war, but a heritage for millions of Americans," said Georgetown law professor and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General Viet D. Dinh Viet D. Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Đồng Phụng Việt; born February 22, 1968) is a lawyer who served as the Assistant Attorney General of the United States from 2001 to 2003, under the presidency of George W. Bush. . "Their achievements are a cause for celebration, and also a reminder of the opportunities afforded by America and the generosity of her people."
The Vietnamese American National Gala (VANG vang
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[Dutch, a catch, from vangen, to catch; see pag- ) black-tie dinner will take place on May 10, 2004 in the Presidential Ballroom at the Capital Hilton. The gala is hosted by Viet Heritage Society, a non-profit organization based in California. VANG will be celebrating three decades of Vietnamese American progress and achievements and honoring distinguished individuals for their contributions to America. In addition, VANG will also be honoring a select group of non-Vietnamese individuals and organizations for their work in helping to enhance the quality of life for Vietnamese people in America.
Secretary of State Colin Powell has been invited to deliver the Keynote Address. Special guests include Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
For additional information on the gala or any of the events being held by VANG, please visit http://www.vangusa.com/ or contact Ryan Hubris, Executive Director, at info@vangUSA.com.
CONTACT: Dan Duy Hoang, National Co-Chair, +1-202-262-4600, or Ryan Hubris, Executive Director, +1-408-238-7780, both for Vietnamese American National Gala
Web site: http://www.vangusa.com/