Memories and Stories

Memories and Stories

June 20, 2019
Tung Nguyen, PIVOT president 

My mother died recently. One of her illnesses robbed her of the ability to remember around the time I was old enough to want to know about her life before I was born. Even before that, her stories were just a way to teach me a lesson. They always ended with “that’s why you shouldn’t…”

During one of my mother’s lucid moments, I asked about how she felt when, at the age of 14, she rowed a boat on the river to go sell vegetables at the market in Hà Tỉnh. She said she was scared. And there was a certain man who worked on the dock that she tried to avoid being alone with at night.

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PIVOT Stands With Bee Nguyen

PIVOT Stands With Bee Nguyen

June 12, 2019
We stand in support of Bee Nguyen, State Representative for Georgia House District 89, and her criticism of inflammatory statements made by an associate professor of history at Georgia Gwinnett College about undocumented immigrants. In a Facebook post, Fang Zhou called undocumented immigrants “ghetto thugs and criminals” and “illiterate uneducated intellectually inferior.” He also states that “deportation of illegals is so beautiful and lovely to see. It is sweet justice for me.” Mr. Zhou also reported that he consistently educates his students about “the financial burden of illegal immigrants” and “the high crime rate of illegal immigrants.”     

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PIVOT Proudly Endorses Kathy Tran In Her Re-Election Campaign

PIVOT Proudly Endorses Kathy Tran In Her Re-Election Campaign

June 3, 2019
PIVOT proudly announces that we are endorsing Kathy Tran for her re-election campaign. Kathy Tran was one of the first few candidates that our organization supported in 2017. When Kathy was elected to the VA House of Delegates (42 District) in 2017, she flipped a seat that was held by a Republican for 24 years. In her short two years there, she has helped pass Medicaid expansion to 400,000 Virginians, gave teachers a pay raise, advanced redistricting reform, and fought for women’s reproductive health care. We are thoroughly impressed with what a powerhouse she has become. Even the House Democratic Caucus recognized this and tasked her with the role of Finance Co-Chair, where she is committed to supporting candidates across Virginia and flipping the House this November 2019.
We strongly encourage you to donate to her campaign or contact us to help with voter outreach for Kathy Tran's re-election.

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Why Should Vietnamese Americans Care about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Why Should Vietnamese Americans Care about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 22, 2019
Tung Nguyen, PIVOT president  
Since 1992, the month of May has been designated by the U.S. government as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). It is a time to remember the history of Asians in America and to celebrate their culture and accomplishments. Coincidentally, APAHM immediately follows April 30th, the anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of the Vietnamese diaspora. To some extent, Vietnamese Americans should feel that APAHM is a remembrance and celebration of our arrival to America and our contributions to this great country.

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In Her Loving Memory, I Fight Back

In Her Loving Memory, I Fight Back

May 6, 2019
Thu Quach, PIVOT Board Member

My beloved mother passed away on October 16, 2005. She was only 58 years old. In those years, she had survived immense poverty, the birth of five children, the loss of her second son, a war, a perilous escape on a small boat with three young children for days at sea, living in refugee camps, and resettling in a foreign land where she barely spoke English. Yet, it was cancer that finally took her down. Just thirteen months after her diagnosis, she was taken from us. But even after her death, her impact continued.

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PIVOT Denounces Reckless and Unfounded National Emergency

PIVOT Denounces Reckless and Unfounded National Emergency

February 22, 2019
On February 15, 2019, President Trump declared a national emergency concerning the southern border of the United States. This declaration came just days after Congress passed a budget that provided only a fraction of the requested funding for “border barriers.” Sixteen states have joined in lawsuits to challenge Trump’s declaration of a national emergency.

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Black History Month Reflection as a Vietnamese American

Black History Month Reflection as a Vietnamese American

February 22, 2019
Nikki Chau, PIVOT member

How do I reflect upon Black History Month as a Vietnamese American? Already, the words “Black”, “African American”, and “Vietnamese American” are fraught labels. Even as these words are used today to reclaim identities and dignity, they are filled with current and historical racialization of our respective peoples. How do I think about Black history beyond the brutal consequences of white European imagination and policies that took roots over 500 years ago?

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PIVOT Stands with Delegate Kathy Tran and Her Efforts for Women’s Health

 February 4, 2019

PIVOT recognizes that abortion at the later stages of pregnancy is one of the most divisive issues in American politics generally and in the Vietnamese American community specifically. Even though third-trimester abortions are rare and performed primarily to protect the mother’s health, it is also when the balancing of the mother’s life and the sanctity of another life is at its most difficult. For these reasons, PIVOT believes that we must engage in this difficult conversation in a constructive way, not simply to score political points or to carry out personal attacks.

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Paying Forward

Paying Forward

January 22, 2019
Nguyen Minh Nguyet, PIVOT member

Last week, at the dinner table, my grandson, Hung, talked about his classroom fundraising for his school trip to Washington, DC in April. Hung is 13 years old, an 8th grader. His group of four close friends are all very excited about the project. They plan to sell baked goods. Ray's mom will help him make chocolate chip cookies, Marc plans to bring pies, and Sam's mom will make Japanese rice balls.

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