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Dong Ga Oriental Supermarket has a variety of Vietnamese and popular Asian products to serve Orlando’s Asian community. Photo: Renata Sago.
Special Series Stories

New Development Changes Face of Orlando’s Little Vietnam


In the last months of the Vietnam war, Florida’s first Vietnamese trickled into Orlando with little English and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. They opened restaurants and specialty shops along a thin strip of land near downtown called Little Vietnam. But as 90.7’s Renata Sago reports, a rebranding of the area has people asking whether to even call it that.
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Krystle Nguyen, Rene Nguyen, Bao Le-Huu. Photo: Catherine Welch
Special Series Stories

The Young Ones: Vietnamese Youth Redefine Their Community


Forty years ago was the fall of Saigon, marking an end to the Vietnam War. Soon after Central Florida quickly became a magnet for the wave of Vietnamese refugees, creating the state’s largest Vietnamese community. Now as that generation gets older, their children are starting to redefine what it means to be part of Orlando’s Vietnamese community.
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The Miss Vietnam of Florida scholarship pageant is a chance for young Vietnamese-American women to celebrate traditions. Photo: Renata Sago.
Spotlight

Spotlight: Miss Vietnam of Florida pageant boasts high heels and heritage


For fourteen young Vietnamese American women, this weekend is all about ornate gowns, high heels and heritage. The Vietnamese community of Central Florida is in the middle of celebrating its week-long New Year festival, called Tet. On Sunday, a group of high school and college-age girls will showcase their beauty, talent, and cultural knowledge in the Miss Vietnam of Florida scholarship pageant. For the young women, it’s an opportunity to meet other Vietnamese Americans and learn something new about their history. 90.7’s Renata Sago sat in on a rehearsal for the competition and spoke with some of the participants and organizers.
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