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2022-02-06 Mira Mesa - San Diego Tet Festival

Updated: Mar 18, 2022

After two years of curtailing Tet Festivals, the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego and the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance have resumed the long-time relished Annual Tet Festival on February 4-6, 2022, to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Tết) of the Tiger.

Asian Pacific Health Foundation participated with a program of screening for Tuberculosis and Latent Tuberculosis Infection. Andre Hirakawa, Coordinator of the program, came in early on Saturday to set up the booth, with 3 more student volunteers.

Dominic De Los Reyes of the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) helped with the printing of flyers and materials for the survey, which includes a pre-test of assessment, education via a board for mapping distinct steps in the path of disease progression, and final post-test.

Participants at the outreach were:

  • Drs. Ton Tran and Bình Tran

  • Andre Hirakawa, Coordinator

  • Student volunteers

  • Minh Thuan Tran, phlebotomist and her spouse.

  • Guests and visitors: Mr. Trung Nguyễn, Instructor at California Beauty School

Early attendees were the VAYA volunteers, perfect targeted trainers for future trainees.

The MC was Ms. Kim-Thoa Hoàng, lawyer, back for every Tết celebration of the Joint Vietnamese Federation of San Diego - represented by Mr. Peter Liêm Phạm and VAYA - represented by Dennis Dương.

VIP guests at the Celebration were: Todd Garcia, Mayor of San Diego, Chris Cate, Council Member, Representatives of many City and County Offices, San Diego Police Department, who gave remarks for a bright comeback of operations with reinforced synergy with the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego.

It was a beautiful and meaningful Ceremony, complete with lion dance, and firecrackers to chase away the misfortunes of the past years.

Please see some pictures of the day

Attendees were reminded to come to Như Lai Temple, 3340 Central Ave, San Diego on Sunday February 13 from 9 AM – 2 PM for screening of Hepatitis B & C, hypertension, diabetes and survey for TB/LTBI.

Thank you.

Binh Tran

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