Senator Umberg Honors Vietnamese Americans and Their Contributions to California

December 7, 2020

SACRAMENTO — Today, Senator Tom Umberg (D - Orange County) introduced 3 Senate Concurrent Resolutions to honor the contributions of the Vietnamese American community in California. These resolutions help to celebrate the rich diversity of cultures across the state and specifically call attention to the proud history of Vietnamese Americans. By far, California has the largest concentration of Vietnamese Americans than any other state. This community has made, and continues to make, integral contributions in the fields of finance, technology, law, medicine, education, sports, the media, the arts, the military, and government.

“The legislature will join me in recognizing and celebrating the great traditions that honor the culture and contributions of Vietnamese Americans,” said Senator Umberg. “When, as a state, we come together to officially recognize and designate these culturally important occasions, we help to empower the Vietnamese communities throughout California and invigorate our local cultures through the celebration of customs and traditions during the coming year.”

The three resolutions introduced today pay tribute to King Hùng Vương Commemorative Day, Vietnam Armed Forces Day, and the 46th Anniversary of Black April.  March 20, 2021, King Hùng Vương Commemorative Day, pays tribute to the kings who ruled and founded Vietnam for over 2,500 years. “Black April” will be commemorated on April 30, and will be the 46th anniversary of the fall of Saigon honoring those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, including Americans, South Vietnamese, allied soldiers, and refugees that fled in search for freedom. June 19 is Vietnam Armed Forces Day and will be a day for Californians to memorialize soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom and democracy and the victims of the Vietnam War. Vietnam Armed Forces Day also honors the survivors, activists, and freedom fighters who played crucial roles in the war.