Little Saigon Foundation
February 10, 2013 (San Diego) - Rain, thunder, chilling wind, and even a hail storm could not stop the Kearny Mesa Lunar New Year Festival from taking place. Yesterday, elected officials and visitors were treated to a tour of the "Asian Village" where they learned about the cultural significance of each village building or structure. The evening concluded after a New Year's Eve concert that featured the top artists from Asia Entertainment Inc, and the Little Saigon Idol.
Festival organizers said that the Festival will open again today regardless of rain, shine, or ice. Sunday's entertainment will include an exciting Miss Teen Traditional Dress Beauty Pageant.
January 9, 2013 (San Diego) –In response to the long-time needs and present demands of the Vietnamese community, the Little Saigon Foundation is opening a Vietnamese Community Center in order to create a space for social services and cultural interaction. Early services include a Vietnamese Language School, Youth Leadership Development, Translation services, and physical health programs such as “Càng Khôn Thập Linh” (a combination of Tai-chi and yoga), as well as international ballroom dance. With spaces offered to local community groups to meet and hold events, the Center is the first Vietnamese Community Center in City Heights. Up until now, the organization has been operating on mostly the support of volunteers, but is now looking to add permanent paid staff. As such, the organizations will host the Little Saigon Fundraising and Award Dinner on Jan. 13 from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Lucky Star Restaurant, 3894 54th St., San Diego.
August 16, 2012 (San Diego) -- Little Saigon Foundation presents San Diego Lantern Festival 2012 August 17- 19 at Hoover High School, 4474 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. The event is from 5 – 11 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The multicultural event features a display of 6,000 lanterns and brings neighbors, businesses and community groups together.
The event includes carnival rides and games, a kids talent contest, Chinese chess competitions, Lion dance and martial arts performances and more. The 2nd annual Miss Asia San Diego Pageant will also be held.
By Miriam Raftery
August 28, 2011 (City Heights)—A shimmering dragon marched past, trailed by followers beating cymbals and carrying glow sticks. Hundreds of lanterns glowed softly against the night sky, accentuated by the streaming lights of carnival rides. I sampled Thai chicken-on-a-stick, along with fried bananas and yams—all at the third annual Lantern Festival in City Heights.
August 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- The Little Saigon Foundation, a local non-profit, hosts its second annual San Diego Lantern Festival and Street Fair August 26-28. Attendance is expected to be 20,000 – 30,000 guests. This year’s theme is “Light Up San Diego” and will feature nearly 6,000 traditional silk lanterns.
Other attractions include a street fair (Saturday and Sunday), lantern parades and lion dance each evening, multi-cultural entertainment, martial arts competition, carnival rides, break dancing competitions, Asian cuisine, food trucks, beer garden, and the first-ever Miss Asia San Diego 2011 Pageant on Saturday August 28 at 7:00pm after the festival’s Opening Ceremony.
Congresswoman Susan Davis offers support
By Ray M. Wong
August 22, 2010 (San Diego) -- Su Nguyen and Frank Vuong are two Vietnamese Americans making a difference in San Diego. The founders of the Little Saigon Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, are working to brand the City Heights area along El Cajon Boulevard between Euclid and Highland Avenue as “Little Saigon District.”