Vietnamese Cultural Center celebrates New Year, flag recognition

Two flags flew high Sunday afternoon over West Seattle’s Vietnamese Cultural Center (next to Tug Inn): The U.S. Stars and Stripes, and the Vietnamese Heritage and Freedom Flag. Until April 1975, it was the flag of South Vietnam, and while it is banned in modern-day Vietnam, it is cherished by those who left in search of freedom. Earlier this month, the 34th District Democrats passed a resolution recognizing the flag and urging the City of Seattle to do so; that resolution was read and applauded as part of Sunday’s New Year’s celebration at the center. Representing the 34th DDs, state committeewoman Marcee Stone, who also is now running for State House of Representatives:

The event also commemorated the Lunar New Year – with the GDPT Van Hanh Lion Dance Team and hundreds of firecrackers (which you will see and hear about halfway through this minute-and-a-half clip):

The crowd of about 100 also paid tribute to historic heroes:

That artwork commemorating one of the great battles against Chinese invaders was placed at the outdoor altar:

This group of women in traditional costume waited to place flowers at the altar:

Memories of more-recent battles remained fresh, as high-ranking veterans of the South Vietnam military were there, in uniform, as they have been at other events we have covered here:

The VIetnamese Cultural Center is the second-largest such center in our state – after its counterpart in Tacoma. As the 34th DDs’ resolution noted, about 50,000 people of Vietnamese descent live in King County. (We took a closer look at the center in this July 2008 story.) Its distinctive statue – visible to passersby along SW Orchard – pays tribute to the 13th-century hero, General Tran Hung Dao.

2 Replies to "Vietnamese Cultural Center celebrates New Year, flag recognition"

  • Westie February 23, 2010 (12:30 pm)

    Wow. What a great display of pride and community. Glad to have them as a part of our vibrant WS community.

  • Linh Thai February 24, 2010 (9:26 am)

    Thank you, West Seattle Blog, for your continued commitment to reach out to the Vietnamese Americans community.

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