Abraham To is a Vietnamese-
Dr. David S. Adler is Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Health Sciences at UCSD. Dr. Adler’s research interests are in clinical research and practice with a focus on management of chronic drug therapy including bioavailability and therapeutic equivalency of drugs with a narrow therapeutic index, drug elimination in renal failure and dialysis, clinical applications of point-
Science and Technology
Dr. Xuong Nguyen-
Quyen Di Chuc Bui not only teaches Vietnamese language, literature and culture. He teaches other teachers how to do the same. As head of UCLA’s Vietnamese language program and lecturer in the university’s Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, he teaches a nine-
Arts and Letters
Nha Ca, which means "gentle, elegant song" or "canticle" in Vietnamese, is the pen name of Tran Thi Thu Van, one of South Vietnam's most prominent authors. Born in Hue in 1939, she left her native city to marry a poet, Trần Dạ Từ, and establish her literary career in Saigon. Mourning Headband for Hue: An Account of the Battle for Hue, Vietnam 1968 (originally published in 1969 and released in a new edition from Indiana University Press) recounts the horrific sufferings of Hue civilians during the 1968 Tet Offensive, when the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong attacked and held much of the city. To this day, her harrowing account of war casualties, searches and arrests, ideological purges, generates intense debates about accountability during war time. After the fall of Saigon, Nha Ca and her husband were jailed by the Communist government for being "cultural saboteurs" and Mourning Headband for Hue was prominently displayed in the Museum of American War Crimes as evidence of her “misconduct”. In 1989, the couple and their children were granted political asylum by the Swedish government and later immigrated to the U.S., where they now live in Southern California.
Medicine and Health
Dr. Danh Truong is interested in the challenges of serving the uninsured and underserved population in San Diego. In his busy private practice in family medicine in East San Diego, from 2004 to present, he has helped significant numbers of uninsured and underserved patients that come with multi-
Dr. Truong Nong grew up in South Vietnam and came to America as a refugee in 1980 when he escaped Vietnam with his family in search of freedom. Prior to the establishment of the Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam, he has been a high school teacher for 13 years at Michael DeBakey High School for Health Professions (ranked fifth in Texas in 2015) and knows firsthand the importance and impact of education. In parallel to being an educator, he has been an activist in the Vietnamese American community in Houston during the past 30 years and in 1990 was one of the founders of the Vietnamese American Youth Organization (VAYO). Currently, he serves as Advisor to the Executive Board of the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA), a national Vietnamese American organization based in Houston, Texas, where he has delivered a number of leadership workshops for the organization’s annual youth leadership camps for the past 18 years. In 2005, he left his teaching position to dedicate full-
Dr. Doan Dao has worked in the area of hepatitis B virus infection (HBV) from basic research to clinical science and patient care as well as outreach/advocacy programs for more than 9 years. He is personally passionate about and professionally committed to serving those at risk for or living with HBV. He serves as Chairperson (2014-
San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, after graduating from SDSU, and served as a second lieutenant in the jungles of South Vietnam. For three weeks in February 1969, Bill and the battery he commanded were under near-
Business Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Christina Cao is a leader in the pharmacy and healthcare industry with more than 15 years experience in her chosen field. In her current role as Corporate Director for Pharmacy Services for Prime Healthcare Management in Upland, California, she coordinates and supervises 42 hospital pharmacy accounts nationwide. Through a collaborative approach and ability to strategize and interface with decision makers at all levels, she has built a reputation of generating efficiency across all phases of pharmacy operations. With a focus on financial directives, her guidance has effectively ensured compliance in approaches toward patient care and operations consistent with stated policies and procedures of the health care system and regulatory agencies. By continually positioning managed locations for growth, her deep knowledge and experience, coupled with perseverance and tenacity in uncovering new acquisition opportunities, has been integral toward advancing the brand on a national level over the past three years. Dr. Cao’s family were among the close to 2 million Vietnamese escaping the country after the fall of Saigon and more than ten years after her father was imprisoned by the communist government when it took over the country. In 1991, after being sponsored through the Humanitarian Organization Program, they were able to arrive in the U.S. At the age of 17, unable to speak a word of English, she set a goal for herself by, in her own words, “dreaming big.” Today, she is the youngest person in her specialty working for the company.
Three essay contributions to the Asian Heritage Society’s book Pho For The Soul will also be honored. Winning essays will be announced later.