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LETTER: VFA supports embracing refugees

LETTER: VFA supports embracing refugees


Dear Editor,

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion, discourse and, at times, heated debate about the impact and inclusion of refugees and immigrants to the United States. We at the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) want to reaffirm our commitment, mission and values.

VFA stands in support of welcoming refugees of all backgrounds, including Syrian refugees, to Washington State. We are proud and appreciate that Washington has been and will continue to be a state that welcomes those fleeing persecution and war, regardless of religious affiliation. These are values that VFA’s board, staff and community share.

VFA was formed in the 1970s to respond to short-term resettlement needs facing Vietnamese refugees in Seattle. At the time, Washington State was among the first in the United States to welcome and resettle Vietnamese refugees—an act of kindness and compassion we have not forgotten. As the Vietnamese community grew and matured in Washington State, VFA refocused our mission to serve other refugee and immigrant communities in education, civic engagement and early learning.

VFA believes refugees and immigrants are assets that strengthen the social, cultural and economic fabric of Washington and the United States. We welcome all efforts that make our community, state and country more inclusive and diverse. (end)

— James Hong
Executive Director

— Mary Nguyen
Board President

Posted in Letters to the Editor, Vol 34 No 49 | 11/28-12/4Comments (0)

VFA honors 2 people, 1 church

VFA honors 2 people, 1 church


Rifka Bahaman (left) and Trang Tu

Two people and a church were awarded in the March 20 Vietnamese Friendship Association’s 2014 benefit dinner at the UW HUB Ballroom. Read the full story

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 33 No 14 | 3/29-4/4Comments (0)

Vietnamese Friendship Association celebrates fourth annual benefit dinner

Vietnamese Friendship Association celebrates fourth annual benefit dinner


VFA Board Member Richard Hultquist with board members Jenny Brown and Jennifer Duong. (Photo provided by Seattle VFA)

The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) celebrated its fourth annual benefit dinner on June 8 at Tea Palace Restaurant in Renton. The dinner raised $55,000, meeting the organization’s fundraising goals for the event and exceeding the goals from last year. The dinner drew about 380 guests. VFA Saturday English School and summer youth program volunteer Ky Ly was awarded the Golden Hedgehog Award, recognizing a youth demonstrating leadership and commitment to service. Richard Hultquist was awarded the Golden Banh Mi Award, recognizing a long-standing ally to the Vietnamese community. Helping Link Executive Director Minh-Duc Nguyen was awarded the Golden Spring Roll Award, recognizing him as a life-long advocate of the Vietnamese community. VFA also offered a grand prize drawing for a cruise with Holland America.(end)

Posted in Names in the News, Vol 31 No 29 | 7/14-7/20Comments (0)


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