Viet Democrats Gather For Phu Nguyen Sunday – and Dovinh/Dina news!

I hesitated on the newsworthiness of Sunday’s Fountain Valley fundraiser – after all, how big of a story is it that Vietnamese American Democrats would be supporting the charismatic Assembly candidate Phu Nguyen?  And, from working with his campaign, I know that his volunteers include many independents and Republicans, whites, Latinos and blacks, so I’m not interested in pigeonholing one of my favorite candidates as simply a “Vietnamese Democrat.”

But Art convinced me that, half a year after my seminal piece “OC Sea Change,”  that common wisdom still has the Vietnamese-American vote as Republican for the taking.  So, I suppose, the fact that more and more of our Viet brothers and sisters, disillusioned with the Fear and Greed Party, are turning en masse to the Party of Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, is still a sort of “Man Bites Dog Story.”

Oh shucks.  Wrong metaphor?  Damn.  Me and my Asperger’s Syndrome.  I’ll make it up to you:  Details on Phu’s fundraiser over the flip, AFTER EXCITING NEWS about the relationship between his “Democratic” primary challenger Joe Dovinh and longtime Republican Tran-acolyte GG councilwoman Dina Nguyen… CLICK NOW!

The rumors are true!  The big wedding feast is planned for two weeks from now, just as the primary is heating up.  We at the Orange Juice would like to wish the happy couple many years of marital bliss.  We realize how awkward this makes Joe’s primary run, already beset by rumors that he is a fake Democrat put up to running against Phu as a nuisance candidate by Dina’s mentor Van Tran, but true love has always overcome all obstacles!  (And at least this is less politically risky than Dovinh’s recently-divorced former wife, rumored to be the daughter of a high Vietnamese Communist official – especially given the suspiciously Communist single star in Joe’s banners.) But I digress.  A hearty congratulations to Joe and Dina!

Now, for the actual Democrats (and independents) who will be deciding this month which candidate goes on to fight the dangerous Allan Mansoor:

– this Sunday at noon  –


Do Phu Nguyen
Trung Ta
Tuong Thang
KimOanh Nguyen-Lam & Kim Viet Nguyen
Duy Nguyen
Khoa Tan Do
Tammy Tran
Khoi Ta
KimChi Nguyen
Alfredo Amezcua, Candidate for Santa Ana Mayor

For a Sunday afternoon Fundraiser for

Phu Nguyen
Candidate for State Assembly, 68th District

at the home of
Do Phu Nguyen
9322 Andalusia Ave.,
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(from Little Saigon: head South on Magnolia, after Warner, turn left on La Paloma, turn right on Walnut, turn left on La Paloma, turn right on Oak, and left on Andalusia.  House is on the Right)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Suggested Contributions:
Host – $3,900
Co-Host – $1,000
Sponsor – $500
Supporter – $100

Kindly RSVP to

Please make checks payable to:
Phu Nguyen for  State Assembly 2010 – FPPC ID No. 1323153
And mail to:  PO Box 2293, Westminster, CA 92684

To reply to this message, click on this link!

– And this Wednesday at 6pm –


Michael & Suzie Matsuda
Mary Anne Foo, Executive Director, OCAPICA *
Viet Tran, Southern California Edison
Tammy Tran, District Director, Senator Lou Correa
Mike Fong, State Chair, API Caucus California Democratic Party
Clark Lee, Southern California Chair, API Caucus Cal Dem. Party
Sergio Contreras, Trustee, Westminster School District
Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D, Asian American Studies, CSUF
Jamison Power, Orange County Young Democrats
Lilly Nguyen, Field Rep. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Alan Woo, CAPOC *
Thang Hoang, CEO, BTOUCH
Victor Nguyen-Lieu, Marketing Director, Golden Medical Center
Tuan Pham, Academic Playground
Ngoc-Tram Tran, Esq.
Khanh Nguyen, Bluefin Associates
Serena Nguyen, DTN Tech
*above Titles are for Identification Purposes only
In an API Leaders and Professionals Fundraising Mixer to Support

for State Assembly – 68th District

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Zen Vegetarian Restaurant
9325-9329 Bolsa Ave., Westminster, CA 92683RSVP to, or
1-888-8-vote-phu (1-888-886-8374)

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