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

August 22, 2006

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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