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Juliette Trieu of the Union of Vietnamese Student Association hands out flowers to members of the crowd during the đen April 2004 Commemoration at the Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster.

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The local Vietnamese-American community commemorates this month as black April to mark the events of April 30, 1975, when the communist regime took over in Vietnam. Manyresidents of the Little Saigon area, which includes parts of Garden Grove & Westminster,were refugees who fled Vietnam by boat after the fall of Saigon. Here are some of the local events being organized khổng lồ mark the occasion: •Youth Conference About black April from 1 to lớn 4 p.m. Saturday at the Westminster Community Center, 8200 Westminster Blvd. •Protest in front of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. Bus will leave the parking lot of Little Saigon Radio at 15781 Brookhurst St. At 10 a.m. •UC Irvine’s Vietnamese American Coalition will host its second annual black April Commemoration at Room Doheny Beach A in the UCI Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. •Official black April Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Westminster Vietnam War Memorial, 14180 All American Way. •Prayer ceremony for those who lost their lives at noon Wednesday in the grassy area in front of A Dong Market Mall, 9221 Bolsa Ave. Information: Vietnamese Community of Southern California at 714-539-1607 or

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Deepa Bharath covers religion for The Orange County Register and the Southern California Newspaper Group. Her work is focused on how religion, race và ethnicity shape our understanding of what it is to lớn be American and how religion in particular helps influence public policies, laws và a region"s culture. Deepa also writes about race, cultures and social justice issues. She has covered a number of other beats ranging from đô thị government khổng lồ breaking news for the Register since May 2006. She has received fellowships from the International Women"s truyền thông Foundation & the International Center for Journalists to report stories about reconciliation, counter-extremism & peace-building efforts around the world. When she is not working, she loves listening to lớn Indian classical music and traveling with her husband và son.
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