King County Superior Court Judge Patrick Oishi was honored by the Asian Bar Association of Washington and the Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation at their annual awards gala on Oct. 23 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. Oishi was named their judge of the year. The Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) was also honored […]
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 […]
James Hong has been appointed as Executive Director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association. Hong has been with VFA for five years. In his recognition letter, he stated: “As an organization committed to social justice and equity, our work focuses on guarding our most priceless treasure – our culture, language and heritage – so that current […]
Ubah’s family came here as refugees from Somalia, not knowing a single word of English. She recently recalled how overwhelming it was when she first entered school here. She didn’t even know how to read which bathroom to use and had to wait for someone to stop and help her. She is now a senior […]
Carmen D’Arcangelo is the Vietnamese Friendship Association’s (VFA) interim director. D’Arcangelo comes from a background of
Vu Le, executive director of the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA), has announced he will step down in June, after serving nine years in the position. He will be leading the Rainier Valley Corps, a new project focused on strengthening the capacity of immigrant/refugee-led nonprofits, developing leaders of color, and amplifying the voice of communities of […]
Two people and a church were awarded in the March 20 Vietnamese Friendship Association’s 2014 benefit dinner at the UW HUB Ballroom.
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 […]
On December 2, 2011, more than 100 youth, community members and City of Seattle Officials gathered to discuss findings from the Community Action Research and Empowerment (CARE) Project, which explores issues, challenges, and opportunities within the Vietnamese community of Seattle. The CARE Project was launched in 2009 by the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) as a […]
When asked what makes the summer youth program at the Vietnamese Friendship Association (VFA) so special, 7-year-old Oanh Duong spouts a list of reasons without hesitation.