Orange County’s Vietnamese Community Spearhearding Charity Concert For Japan

Orange County’s large Vietnamese-American community in Little Saigon, led by their musical stars, is planning a fundraiser for Japan’s earthquake and tsunami victims on Friday, April 8, across from Mile Square Park at Brookhurst Avenue and Edinger Street. Proceeds will go to the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross designated for the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund. Show time will be from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

On March 11, a 9.0 Richter scale earthquake ripped through northeastern Japan sending 20-foot tsunami waves that’s led to major destruction and loss of lives.

Robert Pham, CEO of Premiere Productions and a leader in the Viet Love for Japan organizing efforts, had produced the Haiti Relief fundraiser just about a year ago at the same site. He said, “The people of Miyagi Prefecture have been in our hearts. We’ve mobilized quickly and are extremely glad to have today’s decision by the City of Fountain Valley to grant us a special events permit.”

Last Sunday at the Charles Schultz Theater in Knott’s Berry Farms where Ritz Entertainment hosted a sold-out crowd, pop icon Y Lan announced the musical fundraiser after dedicating her last song to the people in northeastern Japan. The song title, “Lay Troi Con Duoc Binh Yen”, is translated “God Grant Me Peace” by the famous songwriter Lam Phuong who is a resident of Little Saigon.

Pham will draw on the biggest names of Vietnamese entertainment arts. Little Saigon in Orange County, the de facto capital of Vietnamese overseas with its clusters of Vietnamese literati, artists, and media, has become a sizable community from its modest beginnings in the early 1980s along the Bolsa Avenue commercial strip in the City of Westminster.

The Fountain Valley Town Center underwent major architectural makeover in the last several years. The Saigon Performing Arts Center anchors the revitalized mall, its theater and studios are home of the award-winning Thuy Nga Paris By Night multi-media company. “The Town Center has of late become the gathering place for significant cultural events in our community, and we expect wide community support,” said Pham.

Please call Robert Pham, (714)306-8045.

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