MAYOR AND THE CITY COUNCIL
EAGLE MOUNTAIN (UTAH)
S. Viet flag might
fly again - in Utah
By Christopher Smart
The Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune
It may be 29 years since Uncle Sam
pulled out of Saigon. But, for some, South Vietnam lives on.
A resolution designating the flag
of the now-nonexistent South Vietnam as the official banner for the Vietnamese-American
community in Utah County's Eagle Mountain was expected to pass the City
Council late Tuesday evening.
Utah's second most populous city,
West Valley City, already has adopted such a measure.
"We came here with nothing. All we
have is our flag," said Eagle Mountain resident Thuan "Tom" Huynh. He is
president of the Vietnamese Community of Utah, a nonprofit organization
that represents about 15,000 people along ! the Wasatch Front.
"When Saigon fell, the North Vietnamese
took our land and destroyed our culture," Huynh said. "This flag represents
our culture of freedom and justice and our way of life."
Nonetheless, it remains curious to
some why the Eagle Mountain City Council would bother with such an item
on its crowded agenda that enumerates such things as development codes,
subdivision ordinances and water conservation.
"It's absolutely ridiculous and a
waste of time," said Eagle Mountain resident Harry Bakken. "We have real
issues in this city. But the council is taking up something like this that
will stir up controversy and be divisive."
Eagle Mountain cannot change the
geopolitical nature of Southeast Asia, Bakken said. "North Vietnam isn't
going to take note of this."
Such comments miss the point, Mayor
Kelvin Bailey said. "This isn't about discussing Vietnam. This does n!
othing to diminish Vietnam today. And it takes very little time. It's just
recognizing our Vietnamese community. It is a courtesy to them."
Councilwoman Linda Strouse said Eagle
Mountain residents embrace the cosmopolitan nature of the people who are
building one of the state's youngest and fastest-growing towns (the population
swelled from 2,100 to 7,500 between 2000 and 2003).
"We have a rich tapestry of cultures
flowing into Eagle Mountain from across the country and around the world,"
she said. "All the groups are important and should be recognized. This
is another opportunity to do that."
The bright yellow flag with three
horizontal red stripes now belongs on U.S. soil, said Huynh, who, as a
young man in 1986, escaped Vietnam with his sister in a boat.
"Our hearts are no longer there,"
he said of the communist country. "We are established here and are happy
for our freedom and ask people to recognize this flag and our way of life."
To: Biet Hai
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July 21, 2004 10:44 AM
NGHI. QUYE^'T CO+` VA`NG TA.I PORTLAND, OREGON - XIN PHO^? BIE^'N
Kinh goi quy vi,
Toi hom qua, tai thanh pho nho Eagle Mountain, Utah vua moi cong nhan la
co vang 3 soc do cho nhung nguoi viet o thanh pho nay. Day la mot
thanh pho vua moi thanh lap so luong nguoi dan o day tang tu 2100 nguoi
trong nam 2000 den 7,500 nguoi trong nam 2003, va hien gio la 20,000 nguoi
trong nam 2004, va chi co mot nguoi viet o day. Nhung mot dieu dang
mung la ho van cong nhan la vang 3 soc do cua chung ta. Day la thanh
pho thu hai o tieu bang utah duoc cong nhan la co vang 3 soc la la co tuong
trung cho nguoi viet o hai thanh pho nay.
Co gap mot vai kho khan tai buoi hop Public hearing toi hom qua ngay 20
tay thang 7 nam 2004, nhung ong chu tich Tom Huynh giai thich duoc van
de, va mot nguoi My chong doi em diu lai khi nghe ly do tai sao ong tom
Huynh xin city cong nhan la co vang 3 soc do tai thanh pho nay.
Xin quy vi don doc.