‘We need to sit together’: Longtime local Vietnamese association gathers for first time since pandemic began

Tuy Tran, 79, a former helicopter pilot, gathers with friends as former residents of Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, gather for a reunion and charity fundraiser at Lake Cunningham Park Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. (Photo by Jim Gensheimer)

Hundreds of local Vietnamese-Americans stood under the beaming sun at San Jose’s Lake Cunningham Park on Sunday, the first time that the local group — which has been meeting for decades — got the chance to see each other face-to-face since the pandemic began.

The gathering of the Quảng Ngãi Association, made up of Vietnamese locals who escaped their home country in

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