Congressman Joseph Cao,
USS Midway & Asian Heritage Award Gala

Nothing brings spectacular Asian culture together like the Annual Asian Heritage Awards event. Held every year, we honor the heritage and achievement of Asian Americans, and we salute the dedication and bravery of our armed forces, Army, Navy, Marines and Air force.

This year, the festivity will be held, Saturday, July 25, 2009, aboard the USS Midway on San Diego Bay. The USS Midway, now a museum, has served the United States proudly over the years, and once again receives top honor to host and celebrate the accomplishments of Southern California’s Asian Pacific Islander community in education, cultural preservation, performing arts, literature, visual arts and more.

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Gwen Coronado in a Jet on the USS Midway, San Diego
Gwen Coronado in a Jet on the USS Midway, San Diego

This will be the Academy Awards of all social galas as we recognize and celebrate talented movers and shakers , all the while enjoying a gala dinner, fantastic entertainment, and enchanting cultural performances from China, Vietnam, Thailand, India and Polynesia.

The USS Midway was instrumental in the closing days of the Vietnam War, as communist forces were overrunning the South Vietnamese capitol of Saigon, the USS Midway was ordered to steam off the Vietnamese coast and pick up civilians desperate to escape to America – a mission called Operation Frequent Wind.

At the time of the rescue mission the air became thick with helicopters as pilots flew from Saigon to the USS Midway, dropped off civilians and returned for more.

During April 29 and 30, 1975, the USS Midway brought 3,073 refugees to safety.

Seven more arrived safely when a South Vietnamese pilot landed his family in a small airplane meant to hold two passengers.

Currently, Congressman Joseph Cao, representing the 2nd District of Louisiana, is expressing support for the Designation of May 2, 2009 as "Vietnamese Refugee Day,” and is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.

The legislation was introduced by Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao (R-LA) on April 21, 2009.

Being Vietnamese myself, I feel that H.R. Res. 342 would support the designation of `Vietnamese Refugees Day' to commemorate the arrival of Vietnamese refugees in the United States, to document the harrowing experiences Vietnamese refugees, and subsequent achievements in our new homeland, to honor the host countries that welcomed the boat people, and to recognize the voluntary agencies and nongovernmental organizations that facilitated their resettlement, adjustment, and assimilation into mainstream society in the United States.

As of 2006, 72% of Vietnamese-Americans were naturalized United States citizens, the highest rate among all Asian groups, together, we will help Congressman Joseph Cao to push the bill forward, and next year, May 2nd, 2010, we will be separate the day we landed to United States.

This is a great time for us to view and salute the USS Midway, and to help ASIA, The Journal of Culture & Commerce to celebrate Major General Antonio Taguba for his dedication to military service and for exposing the truth about Abu Ghraib, and perhaps win the auction of the 1958 Rolls Royce or tickets to Thailand.

See you at the Gala. Please contact Asia 619 521 8008 for the tickets, and I am looking forward to see you …Email Gwen at gwen@fengshuisandiego.com



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