Tet Festival Chair Phu Nguyen to speak

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Please join the 68th Assembly Democrats on Monday November 16th 2009 at 7pm, for our monthly meeting at Carrow’s Restaurant at the corner of Magnolia and Warner in Huntington Beach. Some of us come early for dinner at 6:30 so if you want eat please come early.  

This month our guest speaker will be Phu Nguyen, prospective Democratic Candidate for the 68th Assembly District. Phu Nguyen is businessman and community leader. Born in South Vietnam, Phu came to the United States at age four and has lived his entire life in Orange County.  

 Phu is currently the vice president of Saigon Central Post, Inc. He is also the founder and CEO of My Vietnam, Inc., a company that provides cargo and telecommunications products and services.  

Phu’s family came from humble beginnings. When they first arrived in Orange County, California in 1982, they had exactly $2. At Mater Dei High School, Phu played football, was president of his class, represented Mater Dei at the American Legion’s California Golden Boy’s State, and, when he graduated, Phu was recognized as the schools’ “Young Man of the Year.”  

Phu Nguyen studied political science at California State University, Fullerton. He also won a Gandhi Fellowship to the Master’s program in Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, he graduated from this program which focuses on International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Ethics.  

Phu Nguyen has been an active leader in the Vietnamese American Community since his teens. For 4 years, he was the president of Union of Vietnamese Associations of Southern California, He also served as chairman of the Vietnamese community’s Tet Festival in Garden Grove. Under Phu’s leadership, this annual 3-day event grew dramatically to become the most prominent Vietnamese New Year’s celebration in the Unites States.  

In the past few years, Phu Nguyen has sat on the Advisory Board for the District Attorney’s office and on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA).  

He is also an active member of the Franciscan Charities, a nonprofit group which has raised over 10 million dollars in the last 5 years to provide education, health care, and skills training to poor and underprivileged youths and seniors in Vietnam.  

In 2007, Phu Nguyen founded the People Empowerment through Micro-Credit and Training (PEMCT), an organization whose small loans provide a pathway for women to lift themselves out of poverty with their own small businesses instead of relying on government assistance or charity. Phu also commits his time and energy to promoting social justice, human rights, and democracy in Vietnam.  

We look forward to meeting and working with Phu Nguyen as we continue to work together to improve our community.

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