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The Vietnamese-American Association of Raleigh, NC
Cộng Đồng Người Việt Raleigh, NC

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The Vietnamese-American Association of Raleigh (VAAR) was founded in early 1977 by a group of Vietnamese and American volunteers to better serve the Vietnamese community in the city of Raleigh and its vicinity.

After the fall of Saigon in April 1975, the Vietnamese community in the Triangle area experienced a quick surge in population caused by an unprecedented exodus of people from Vietnam. Newcomers faced several challenges, including language barriers, cultural shocks and ways of life in their newly adopted country. The association was formed to work along with other religious and non-profit organizations to help them successfully integrate into this new society.

The association was originally known as “Hội Việt-Mỹ” and was led by Mr. Nguyễn Xuân Hiệu and Mr. Frank E. William as president and vice-president, respectively. Over the last 46 years, the association has steadily evolved with several leadership changes as detaile in the table below. Younger generations have continued to step up to lead the association to provide a better and stronger representation of the community.

The Tết Festival has always been the most important cultural event for the community. From a crowd of 300 attendees in 1977, it has grown to over 3000 attendees in 2024 with the participation of several religious organizations, Vietnamese language schools, Martial arts schools and Vietnamese cultural performance groups. The association also holds a summer picnic, Mid-Autumn Festival, South Vietnam Remembrance Day, Vietnam Heritage Day, etc. to preserve and promote our cultural heritage and to cultivate younger generations to lead our ever-growing Vietnamese community in the years to come.

FromToPresidentVice President SecretaryTreasurerCultural DirectorSocial CoordinatorAthletic Director
1977 1978 Nguyễn Xuân Hiệu Frank E. William
1978 1979 Nguyễn Công Định Frank E. William
1979 1981 Nguyễn Văn Mức (interim) Mai Tấn Lợi (Secretary – interim)
1981 1982 Nguyễn Công Định Neta Haywood
1982 1986 Nguyễn Kim Huy Nguyễn Văn Phụng
1986 1988 Lê Đình Du
1988 1990 Trần Ngọc Hà
1992 1993 Trần Trọng Hiền Nguyễn Xuân Hoàng
1994 1998 Võ Văn Tươi (interim)
1998 2000 Võ Văn Tươi
2001 2002 Trương Đình Thiện
2002 2006 Trần Phước Anh
2006 2010 Trương Đình Thiện
2013 2016 Nguyễn Linh Huyền Đỗ Trọng Khải
2016 2019 Đỗ Trọng Khải Nguyễn Hữu Thọ, Nguyễn Bá Chánh Nguyễn Ngọc Nguyễn Hưng Phan Thi Nguyễn Donna Lê Quang
2019 Present Advisory Board (interim)


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PO Box 41163, Raleigh, NC 27629

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