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Nghien Tran, 113, prays during a Mass being said at St. Barbara's Parish in Santa Ana. Tran has been a member of the church since 1980 when she moved from southern Vietnam to the United States. She has 10 children, 55 grandchildren and 80 great-grandchildren.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Father Augustine Vu, left, pours water over the head of Charleen Nguyen, center, as her aunt and mother watch during a baptism at St. Barbara's Parish in Santa Ana. St. Barbara's, a bilingual church, has provided a place for Vietnamese community members to practice their faith since 1962.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

A cooked pig is hung by wire before being carved at New Duong Son BBQ in the Little Saigon community of Westminster. Little Saigon has become a magnet for all things Vietnamese since its beginnings as a refugee community, and the food industry helps to keep the community thriving.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Worker Rafael Fuegos takes a break from butchering chickens at Dakao Poultry in Midway City. Owner Hung Ngo opened the shop blocks away from the Little Saigon community in 2005 after retiring from the restaurant business, where he specialized in chicken noodle soup. Dakao Poultry takes pride in the freshness of their chickens, butchering and processing them the same day they are sold.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

A chicken lies in a bucket of water after the butchering process at Dakao Poultry in Midway City. Midway City is one of several cities that encompass the Vietnamese enclave in Orange County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Vietnamese men engage in a game of Chinese checkers outside Cafe Chez Rose in the Little Saigon community of Westminster. Cafe Chez Rose has become a hot spot for people to gather and learn the game, continuing the tradition through generations.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

The Mai family prays for their father, Thiet Mai, a Vietnam War veteran who passed away from cancer, during a traditional Buddhist ceremony at the Peek Family Funeral Home in Westminster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Tara Mai is comforted by her sister-in-law, Kim Huynh, during the viewing of her father, Thiet Mai, a Vietnam War veteran, during a traditional Buddhist ceremony at the Peek Family Funeral Home in Westminster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Hannah Tran, 9, tumbles during aikido practice at Westminster Aikikai Dojo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Kayla Nguyen, 9, center, and Tiffany Truong, 9, right, wait for their rides after aikido practice at Westminster Aikikai Dojo. Westminster Aikikai, established in 1987 by master Phong Thong Dang, provides a place for students to go after school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Mary Tham, 7, right, sword fights with her friend, Tu Doan, 4, at the Little Saigon Night Market in Westminster. The annual summer market features a variety of local and ethnic cuisine.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

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1 Comment

  1. June 21, 2013, 5:47 am

    Perhaps Little Saigon is officially 25 but I remember far earlier roots. In the early 70s, as a new home owner, I was searching for a source for sod for my yard and located one in Westminster. As I drove around the city, searching for the location, I began to feel a bit odd … and then it hit me: It was the architecture. I'm a Viet Nam vet and was being dragged back to Saigon in 1968.

    By: Gerry Ellenson

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