Remembering Kim Pham, Publisher of Northwest Vietnamese News and My Father

by Julie Pham My father, Kim Pham, was on his feet for the last time two Thursdays ago. Thursday is when the newspaper is prepared for the printer so that it can hit the streets on Friday. He was at his computer, putting the finishing touches on the front page. He loved this job, something … Continue reading Remembering Kim Pham, Publisher of Northwest Vietnamese News and My Father

The Key to a Refugee Community’s Success

by Julie Pham (This article previously appeared on Người Việt Tây Bắc and has been reprinted under an agreement.) “Một cây làm chẳng nên non. Ba cây chụm lại thành hòn núi cao.” This Vietnamese proverb means that a single tree doesn’t matter much. Three trees together look like a mountain.  How does a refugee … Continue reading The Key to a Refugee Community’s Success

OPINION: What Ends During the Pandemic Starts Again Somewhere Else

by Julie Pham It didn’t hit me that the office where my parents ran a Vietnamese-language newspaper for decades was really closed until I noticed I still have a key on my chain that I no longer use. My younger brother and I had been preparing for the shutdown of the office since July. On … Continue reading OPINION: What Ends During the Pandemic Starts Again Somewhere Else

Perspective: Reclaiming My Other New Year

by Julie Pham (This article was originally published on Northwest Vietnamese News and has been reprinted under an agreement.) I get to celebrate two New Years annually. There is Jan. 1, the first day of the Gregorian calendar year. And then there’s Lunar New Year, which falls on the first day of a calendar that … Continue reading Perspective: Reclaiming My Other New Year

OPINION: “Lessons Learned” Hide the South Vietnamese Perspective

On this 45th anniversary of the twelve-year war waged in Vietnam, we’re presenting voices from those belonging to the community most impacted by the war, and who remain an integral part of our city — Vietnamese Americans. Locally, the Vietnamese community has created a thriving Little Saigon in what were once abandoned and dilapidated buildings … Continue reading OPINION: “Lessons Learned” Hide the South Vietnamese Perspective

45 Years After the Fall of Saigon: A Coming of Age

On this 45th anniversary of the twelve-year war waged in Vietnam, we’re presenting voices from those belonging to the community most impacted by the war, and who remain an integral part of our city — Vietnamese Americans. Locally, the Vietnamese community has created a thriving Little Saigon in what were once abandoned and dilapidated buildings … Continue reading 45 Years After the Fall of Saigon: A Coming of Age

Opinion: Want to Make Space for Awakening in a Woke/Unwoke world?

by Julie Pham A group of students, both white and people of color, get assigned to work together on a class project. After class, a few of them express dissatisfaction that some academic terms related to racism are used incorrectly. Another teacher, a white man, learns that the team is upset and approaches them to … Continue reading Opinion: Want to Make Space for Awakening in a Woke/Unwoke world?