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Remembering Khoa Pham, Little Saigon Business Owner and Community Champion

by Chetanya Robinson

(This article was previously published at International Examiner and has been reprinted with permission.)


The City of Seattle declared April 21 Khoa Pham Day, in honor of his work as a small business owner, activist, and community leader dedicated to caring for Little Saigon and beyond.

Pham passed away at the end of March of a heart attack, said his sister Yenvy Pham. He was 35 years old. 

After he graduated from college around 2008, Pham helped his family manage the Pho Bac restaurant business. “Khoa served as the chief financial officer of the Pho Bac Cooperation and was instrumental in the growth of the business in the past 13 years,” wrote Pham’s family in a tribute for his memorial service.

Pham’s family and friends remember him as a passionate advocate for the neighborhood, its people and businesses. A person who put others first, and a warm presence who loved bringing people together.

“He was always in the neighborhood, he was always doing things, he was always hanging out, and naturally was always there to help when things came up,” said his sister Yenvy.

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Hello Em Viet Coffee & Roastery Serves Coffee, Pastries, and Bánh Mì in Little Saigon

by Mark Van Streefkerk


Vietnam is the world’s second largest coffee-producing country, a fact largely unknown to most consumers, though that is changing for those who visit Hello Em Viet Coffee & Roastery. Hello Em is Seattle’s first Vietnamese coffee roastery. Co-owners Yenvy Pham and Nghia Bui carefully oversee every part of the process from sourcing and importing beans from Kon Tum and Buôn Ma Thuột to roasting in house on a Neuhaus Neotec air roaster. The roasted beans make up their signature coffees: the anh roast, a single origin robusta, and em roast, an arabica blend of coffees from Vietnam, Oaxaca, and Ethiopia. 

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Small Business Relief Fund Raises $150,000 for Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon

by Kamna Shastri


Even before companies started ordering their employees to work from home and Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a mandatory stay-at-home order, Seattle’s Chinatown-International District had already seen a decline in business after news of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan began to make the rounds. Continue reading Small Business Relief Fund Raises $150,000 for Chinatown-International District and Little Saigon

‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon

by Rachel Eagan 

With signs held high above their heads, 40 plus protesters ascended the steps of Seattle City Hall’s Council Chambers Monday morning to address the City’s failure in engaging the Little Saigon community around the neighborhood’s planned growth and development. Continue reading ‘Done deal’ for Navigation Center Calls Into Question City’s Engagement Process With Little Saigon