| Nov 8, 2010
| 7:58 PM
COSTA MESA — For a Vietnamese refugee with a rags-to-riches story, Phu Nguyen thought discussions of ethnicity and immigration would be on his side.
He underestimated the power of the political message.
In the safely Republican 68th Assembly...
| Mar 12, 2010
"Valley of Death: The Tragedy at Dien Bien Phu That Led America into the Vietnam War"
Random House, 698 pages, $35
It is a curiosity of history that the French lost control of Dien Bien Phu, in the northwest corner of Vietnam, two years before the famous...
| Sep 26, 2010
During the four years I lived in Hanoi, where I was The Times' bureau chief in the late 1990s, I did a pretty good job of getting around Vietnam and exploring new places, from Can Tho in the southern Mekong Delta to Sapa on the northern border with China....
| Sep 26, 2010
The voice was guttural and raspy, the language deep and tonal.
"Come and get your rice!" sang the man, a steward for Vietnam's national rail service. He wore a light blue apron over his blue button-down shirt and pushed a silver metal cart laden with...
| Feb 16, 2011
| 8:27 PM
Vietnamese police say at least six people died when a tourist boat sank early Thursday in Vietnam's scenic Ha Long Bay.
Vu Van Bot, a police investigator in Quang Ninh province, says 19 foreign tourists were aboard the boat when it went down about 5 a.m....
| Feb 13, 2011
| Apr 28, 2011
In 40 A.D., the fabled Trung sisters rode elephants into battle to free Vietnam from its Chinese invaders. Nearly 2,000 years later, Ngo Dinh Nhu fancied herself a modern-day Trung, defending her country against communist rebels and American imperialists....
| May 5, 2011
"When I worked in banking it was important to me to have a job that required wearing a suit and tie," says Brian Huynh, whose eponymous northern Vietnamese-style restaurant sits in the center of Little Saigon. "But I loved working in my spare time at Ha-...
| May 30, 2011
| 7:31 AM
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Railway officials have discovered snakes on a train in Vietnam — highly venomous king cobras in bags under a seat.
Railroad official Pham Quynh says passengers were terrified when four cloth bags containing the...
| Jun 1, 2011
| 1:35 AM
NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO — Retired Navy Cmdr. James Bedinger went into the Hanoi prison as a young man but left a seasoned veteran 3 1/2 years later, he said.
He was blessed to enter what was known sarcastically as the “Hanoi Hilton&...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 7:48 PM
The Philippines and Vietnam each received warships Tuesday to beef up their navies as they face tensions with China over disputed islands, raising the prospect of a deepening arms race in the South China Sea.
The two Southeast Asian nations also are...
| Aug 23, 2011
| 12:36 PM
Diane Farr says she got a late start in traveling and didn't leave the country until she was 15. But since then, the 41-year-old actress ("Californication," "Rescue Me," "Numb3rs") has more than made up for it by traveling all around the world,...