**Best news of the week**
The ACA to stay. This week, despite every attempt to destroy the ACA, the Republicans realized they did not have enough support for their own bill, which would have raised rates alarmingly for 90% of the US.
Read more at the Washington Post.
Denmark is now free of foreign debt for the first time in almost 200 years.
Read the article here at Business Insider.
King County stands up to Trump Administration, releasing detainees despite ICE hold.
Read the article here at the Stranger.
Google donates $50 million to help educate those with disadvantages around the world.
Read their statement at their blog.
Germany to annul hundreds of historical homosexual convictions.
Read the article at Reuters.
Muslims raise money to help after Westminster Terror attack in London.
Read the article at the Independent.
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American Immigrant Highlights: Vietnamese
Vietnamese Americans make up about half of the overseas Vietnamese population in the world. They are the fourth largest Asian American group in the US today. They also have one of the largest naturalization rates in the country, with a 76 percent citizenship overall. The largest populations of Vietnamese in the US currently reside in California and Texas. Vietnamese is the seventh-most-spoken language in the US.
Early Vietnamese immigration to the US started in 1975 after the end of the Vietnam War. Before 1975, most Vietnamese in the US were wives or children of US Servicemen. There were a small amount that came to the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries who did menial work. The figures grew slowly, and between 1950 and 1974, six hundred and fifty Vietnamese immigrants came to the US, people who included students, diplomats, and military trainees. After the war, much of the immigration to the US was through asylum camps in southeast Asia and the number in these camps led to the Refugee Act of 1980, which eased the restrictions on Vietnamese refugees in the US.
Vietnamese food has seen a great rise in the US in recent years. For those who have not experienced it, it's basically a combination of French and Chinese food, with an emphasis on seafood. If you live in a big city, you've probably seen a number of Pho places around town. Pho is a rice noodle soup with meat and vegetable that you add to the beef broth. But Pho is by no means the only food they have added to our food culture. Banh Mis are Vietnamese Sandwiches with meat and vegetables (often pickled), and chilies for spice. They are a very popular street or truck food here in the US. Other Vietnamese foods include: goi cuon (spring rolls), banh xeo (pancakes), rice dishes, noodle dishes, and many variations of soups, and even a few stews. For more information, look at this article on Wikipedia.
Notable Vietnamese Americans:
- Dustin Nguyen – Actor known for 21 Jump Street
- Jonathan Ke Quan – Former Child Actor known for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and The Goonies
- Mary Nguyen – Reporter, first Asian-American Miss Teenage America
- Doan Hoang – Director and Producer
- Tyga – Vietnamese/Jamaican rapper
- Chloe Dao – Fashion Designer and winner of Project Runway
- Hung Huynh – Chef, winner of Top Chef
- Le Ly Hayslip – Author
- Nguyen Do – Poet and Translator
- John Tran – First Vietnamese American Mayor, Mayor of Rosemead, California
- Jacqueline H Nguyen – First Vietnamese-American federal judge; first Asian-American woman to sit on the federal appellate court
- Thuan Pham – CTO of Uber
- Eugene H Trinh – Astronaut, first Vietnamese-American to go into space
- Jim Parque – Pitcher for the bronze-winning Olympics baseball team in 1996
- Catherine Mai Lan Fox – Gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer
This is by no means a complete list. For more interesting Vietnamese Americans, look at this list on Wikipedia.
List of Vietnamese Americans