In a word, NO. What was the Fountain Valley Chamber of Commerce thinking when they invited “a delegation of business and government officials from Vietnam” for a visit per this LA Times story this afternoon.
The Times reports “Mayor Pro Tem Michael Vo said an official visit from a country “without human rights and respect for freedom will not be accepted by the Vietnamese community, many who live here.” Vo is “leading the charge to block a delegation of business and government officials from Vietnam, saying it will unleash a storm of protesters in the increasingly immigrant city.”
Anyone who’s lived in central Orange County knows how fiercely patriotic the Vietnamese population is here, and how deeply offensive anything to do with Vietnam’s communist regime is viewed. The Times story discusses an incident just last year in ordinarily comatose Fountain Valley where police were called to deal with a demonstration.
FV Mayor Mark McCurdy was reported to be “unsure” what to do — time he figures that out and leans on Chamber officials Mary Parsons and Ken Duong to get a clue and show some respect.
Followup: This LA Times story finally makes it to their community paper in Huntington Beach (the Times dropped their weekly FV insert 10+ years ago): Fountain Valley councilman aims to block Vietnam officials’ visit.