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For the first time ever, 50 of the most beautiful Vietnamese women from all over the world will compete for the prestigious honor of being named the first annual Miss Vietnam Global 2006. The contestants will have a once in a life- time opportunity to develop personal growth, leadership, friendships and numerous invaluable experiences that will forever be memorable. This prestigious pageant encourages young Vietnamese women to be motivated and inspired to turn their dreams into reality. Most significantly, the Miss Vietnam Global beauty pageant strides to further developed their self-confidence to achieve their personal goals with diligence, intellect and elegance.

The extravagant event of the Miss Vietnam Global aims to reunite all the Vietnamese communities from different parts of the world by promoting the beauty of Vietnamese women and reserving our tradition and culture. The Miss Vietnam Global gives us a glimpse into the many integrated cultures that surrounds our Vietnamese communities. The Miss Vietnam Global exists because of the dedication and commitment from our staff and volunteers, the participation from the lovely contestants and the endless support from all of our Vietnamese communities globally.

Miss Vietnam Global will set a new benchmark to internationally recognize the true beauty and intelligence of the Vietnamese women. The committee hopes that the contestants will learn from this wonderful experience and will share it with their second homeland. We strongly believe this invaluable experience for the contestants will be a stepping-stone to future leadership roles and hope each contestant will represent our Vietnamese communities throughout the world with grace, respect and honor.

Press Releases Date
Miss Vietnam Global pageant enlists CPA firm for score tabulation August 9, 2006
Miss Vietnam Global Press Release (English) May 30, 2006
Miss Vietnam Global Press Release (Vietnamese) May 30, 2006
Người Lữ Hành Cô Độc Tại MVG, by Đức Hà July 20, 2006
Miss Vietnam Global, by Đức Hà July 18, 2006
Người Việt July 16, 2006
Hoa Hậu Việt Nam Hoàn Vũ, by HỒ VĂN XUÂN NHI July 14, 2006
Tuấn Anh, by Trần Nhất Phong July 10, 2006

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congratulations to all the winners

1st Runner-up: #1 Mai Lan Pham

2nd Runner-up: #54 Tuong Van Nguyen

3rd Runner-up: #28 Thy Diem Pham Cieliesz

4th Runner-up: #32 Lanchi Nguyen

Miss Ao Dai: #32 Lanchi Nguyen

Miss Photogenic: #2 Thuy Thanh Tran

Miss Congeniality: #5 Thuy Phan

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The 4th Annual Miss Vietnam USA Open

Live at the Cashman Convention Center in Las Vegas

Labor Day Weekend, Saturday Sept 2, 2006

850 N. Las Vegas Blvd

Las Vegas, NV 89101-2062

Map  &  Website

 Guests who wish to attend the show on September 2, 2006 at the Cashman Convention Center should book their rooms soon as soon as possible because Las Vegas will be sold out for Labor Day weekend.

The Preliminary

The Preliminary was on  Sunday July 9, 2006 and it was a big success!


 We present our top Finalists for this year’s pageant:


Are you the next Miss Vietnam USA?

Effective 2006, The Fourth Annual Miss Vietnam USA Open will accept applications from other countries except Vietnam. Click here for details.

We would like to thank all of our contestants, supporters, and sponsors who have made this event successful in the past several years. This year will be bigger and better than ever!

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By Janice Rombeck
Mercury News

For the second time in nearly a decade, ground will be broken in San Jose for a Vietnamese garden and cultural center, a project first proposed 20 years ago.

But unlike with the first groundbreaking in 1997, the project’s promoters, the Viet Heritage Society, have the fundraising know-how, the political support and the vision to finally make the dream a reality.

When project leaders, supporters and dignitaries gather next Sunday at a four-acre wedge of land in Kelley Park, they’ll see only a sign reading “Vietnamese Cultural Garden” and a pole bearing U.S. and South Vietnamese flags. But the visionaries also will see gardens, pagodas, a fruit orchard and a history museum.

The Viet Heritage Gardens is destined to become a gathering place for the country’s largest Vietnamese-American population and a way to share with the rest of San Jose thousands of years of history through architecture, art and horticulture. The project is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

“It’s just a great testimony to the sheer willpower of the community,” said Ryan Nguyen Hubris, executive director of the Viet Heritage Society, a non-profit group that stepped in three years ago to jump-start the project stalled by funding woes, disagreements and a change in locations. “I think the victory is that much sweeter because the journey had been so long and trying.”

By early 2008, the first phase of the $5.2 million public-private project is expected to be completed to offer visitors a cherry grove, an imperial gate and flag monument, a lotus pond, a one-pillar pagoda, a fruit orchard, meditation gardens and palm court, as well as sidewalks, streets and a parking lot.

The second phase, expected to be finished in 2011, will include a 7,000-square-foot museum and a 4,500-square-foot Ben Thanh building that will house cultural exhibits, an information center, restrooms and an office space. Long-term planning calls for a $10 million community center, a project supported recently by a $1.6 million allocation from the city’s redevelopment budget for planning and design work.

The Viet Heritage Gardens is located just across Coyote Creek from San Jose’s History Park. Supporters think it will be an ideal neighbor to Kelley Park, which already offers a re-created Victorian village, a Chinese temple, Portuguese and Greek museums at the History Park, as well as the Japanese Friendship Garden and Happy Hollow Zoo.

“We think it’s the right place to be,” Hubris said.

He and other society board members also believe it’s the right time to give back to a community that helped them evolve from struggling immigrants — many of whom arrived in boats after the fall of Saigon in 1975 — to influential business and community leaders.

“In 1975, you had a group of people who had no country, no future and very little hope,” Hubris said. “Thirty-one years later, they’re business leaders, political forces and community leaders.”

Said Ngai Nguyen, a San Jose cardiologist and society member, “It’s time to pay back to the community,” referring to the Vietnamese and San Jose communities. “Both communities are mine,” he said.

The first proposal for a Vietnamese garden and cultural exhibit surfaced in 1985 and was promoted by the Indochinese Resettlement and Cultural Center group. In 1987, a five-acre city-owned site was chosen for the garden, along Capitol Expressway and about a half-mile east of Senter Road. The group set out to raise $3 million to $4 million for the garden, and in 1991, flags were raised to mark the project’s start and its expected completion in 2000.

In 1997, a groundbreaking steeped in tradition and ceremony gave promise to the park project. But city officials eventually determined the land was better suited for a golf course. In 1999, the Kelley Park site was eyed after the city spent $85,000 to survey the area. Construction was expected to start in 2000.

At that point, however, the group had raised only $800,000. The turning point came in 2003, Hubris said, when the Viet Heritage Society led the project, with 12 board members committed to donating $10,000 out of their own pockets or staging an event that would raise $100,000. They also could provide technical expertise, Hubris said.

In the past two years, the society’s events and donations have amounted to $1.6 million of the $5.2 million needed for the project, said Helen Duong, a society member who oversees fundraising. The city has contributed $1.6 million to the project, and the state has given $1.3 million through a grant, bringing the project’s fund to $4.5 million.

In an agreement approved by the San Jose City Council in April 2005, the Viet Heritage Society will donate the park to the city on completion and the city will take over maintenance.

“This garden is not just for the Vietnamese community,” Duong said. “This is a park everyone can come to.”

She also had diversity in mind when she organized the inaugural Viet Heritage Day at History Park to celebrate Sunday’s groundbreaking. Besides Vietnamese art and music, the day’s entertainment will include Mexican, African, flamenco, Chinese and belly dancers, Japanese taiko drummers, and demonstrations from Asian chefs and martial-arts experts. More than 45 booths will provide ethnic foods and community information.

In her kitchen, Duong has hung an artist’s rendering of the garden’s entrance. Under a blue sky, people of all ages are approaching an elaborate red brick gate framed by blossoming foliage.

“That’s my motivation,” she said. “Every day I look at it. That’s what I’m working for.”

Contact Janice Rombeck at or (408) 275-0917.

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VietNamNet Bridge – VietNamNet Bridge – Dan Perskins has been invited to conduct many concerts in America and European countries, and has worked for free on many concerts organised by the Vietnam Opera and Ballet Theatre.  

In the words of Pham Hong Hai, Vice Director of Vietnam Opera and Ballet Theatre (VNOB), Dan Perskins has done so as in his heart, he has the love for Vietnam. 

Indeed, Dan Perkins would be “very expensive” for his excellence and knowledge of music.

Currently he is the Dean of the Faculty of Concert at Plymouth State University, music director of New Hampshire Master Chorale. Under his mastery, Plymouth State University Choir has gained a number of successes in performances in America, England, South Africa, and Italy.  

Dan is one of the founders of the Educational Theatre Collaborative. Also, Dan is the pianist of Ruggieri Chamber Soloist Theatre. In his recent trip to Vietnam, Dan talked with the press. 

When did you first come to Vietnam, and how did you begin working with VNOB? 

The first time I came to Vietnam was in 2002 when I led the American Friendship Chorale on a tour. There were 80 members of the choir performing in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City. Mr Pham Hong from VNOB heard our performance in Hanoi and he came and invited me to guide the VNOB Choir and to conduct some concerts performed by the VNOB Symphony Orchestra. But I was not free to do that until May last year. Since then, we have worked together a lot, and I have been to Vietnam six times to work for and to perform with VNOB. I found it very exciting to work with VNOB artists.  

What do you think about the VNOB instrumentalists? 

I have often tried to find good, not very common works that will challenge VNOB instrumentalists. We have been quite successful playing in a witty, passionate and vehement way. I do value the willingness of my Vietnamese colleagues to learn new things in a new style. They are wonderful. 

West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein is being staged in Vietnam for the first time. Could you please tell us more about the composer? Do you have any problems when conducting West Side Story? 

Leonard Bernstein was born in 1918 and died in 1990. He was the most influential composer of American classical music in the second half of the 20th century. He was a composer, conductor, author and music lecturer, and through music, Bernstein tried to express his opinions on political and social issues. West Side Story is often called the Romeo and Juliet of modern times. Many of his works convey strong anti-war messages like Chichester Psalms. That is one of the reasons why I and so many other people love his music. 

The VNOB orchestra and I practiced West Side Story for about three weeks. The work’s rhythm is very challenging and the orchestra has to play it in a Jazz style. Freedom and impromptu playing are necessary for this work. At the beginning I found it a little hard, but after several days, it turned out to be fantastic. What we performed was dubbed “a symphony of dances from West Side Story” by many American music critics. I am satisfied and proud. In January 2007 I will return to Vietnam to work with VNOB on this project again. We also planned to have dancers on the stage while performing the work. I will invite an American choreographer who is working for the Broadway TBA Theatre to come and work with VNOB. 

So what do you think about the country and Vietnamese people after coming here six times? 

I found that my Vietnamese friends are very open-minded, sincere and kind. I am usually surprised about how quickly people make friends with each other. It seems like some friends always have a spare room to welcome you even if you are an American. I love the country. Vietnamese language is hard to pronounce but the sound is beautiful. Vietnam also has a rich culture. Family relations here are important and very close. I think we Americans may learn something from Vietnamese about how to make the family relation closer. 

The first time I worked with VNOB was in a performance of the Vietnamese – American Choir on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Liberation of Saigon. I came with seven other people from an American Chorale, and we worked with the VNOB Choir. We sang together in the hope that the sorrowful past would be forgotten and music would bridge the gap between us. 

(Source: HNM)

Miss Swimsuit begins in Nha Trang


Bikini line: Miss Viet Nam contestants pose on the beach in Nha Trang. — VNS Photo Thanh Vu

Clad in nothing more than blue bikinis, contestants of the Miss Viet Nam beauty pageant began the Miss Swimsuit category on the beach in Nha Trang city yesterday.

The three-day category requires contestants to participate in beach-oriented activities to show off their form.

The contestants were organised into groups for individual pictures by show-director Lai Van Sam, a journalist for Viet Nam Television. He then asked the 34 women to collectively run across the beach to greet the audience.

Each contestant was given only 15 seconds to provide a short autobiography and persuade the audience to vote for them.

The Miss Sport and Miss Friendship categories will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

The 34 will be narrowed down to 10, but the finalists won’t be announced until next Saturday’s show.

The 10 remaining contestants will then dress evening gowns, one-piece swimsuits and ao dai (Vietnamese dresses).

The five finalists will be judged by their interview to choose the three winners.

The Vinpearl Resort in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa will host the final round of the competition. — VNS


Thirty-four beauties competed for Miss Vietnam 2006’s Miss Photogenic on Hon Tre Island, Khanh Hoa province yesterday as part of the Miss World protocol adopted this year.

The candidates, from all over Vietnam each wore in ao dai to look their traditional best in front of the cameras for the event.

Photographs of these beauties will be displayed on the two websites of Tien Phong newspaper and Vietnam Television to elect Miss Voted Online, with winners announced in ceremony at the event finals on August 26.

For the first time in its 18-year history, Miss Vietnam 2006 has been organized in accordance with the Miss World protocol, with five additional prizes Miss Photogenic, Miss Ocean, Miss Sport, Miss Friendly and Miss Voted Online.

The contest runs from August 15-26 at the VinPearl Resort and Spa on Hon Tre Island, off the coast of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa Province.

Reported by Phan Cao Tung – Translated by Tuong Nhi

Yen Do, founder of first Vietnamese-language newspaper, dies at 65

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. He covered the Vietnam War, then went on to establish the first and largest Vietnamese-language newspaper in the United States.

The daughter of journalist Yen Ngoc Do (ee-YEN’ nGOHK’ DOH’) says he died Thursday at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center of complications from diabetes and kidney disease. He was 65.Do started Nguoi Viet (nGOY vee-YET’), which means “Vietnamese People,” in 1978 from his garage in Garden Grove.It started as a four-page weekly and grew to a nearly 18-thousand-circulation daily that helped define the Vietnamese American experience.Do started his journalism career in his native Saigon. He assisted American and French journalists covering the Vietnam war.Do and his family arrived in Camp Pendleton with the first wave of refugees when Saigon fell in 1975. Copyright 2006 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.