Posted by: BPSOS | February 2, 2009

Tin Tức – News: How to Celebrate Tet, BPSOS-Orange County-Style!


Community leaders turn out in their finest for BPSOS-Orange County’s Tet celebration.

February 2, 2009: BPSOS-Orange County knows how to welcome the Lunar New Year! Check out the photos below of the branch’s movers, shakers, and community leaders!

But before that, it’s important to know that BPSOS-Orange County does more than just throw a good party. What are some of the programs and activities you can find for yourself and loved ones at the OC office?

One of the more recent and exciting initiatives out of the OC office is the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative (FCEC), which is a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with SGA-Stephen Groner Associates. The FCEC works to educate the public on the health risks posed by chemically contaminated fish and to encourage the public to adopt safer fish consumption practices.

In addition, there’s IRIS-ITC, the Information Referral for Immigrant Seniors-Information Training Center. Among the services it provides, which are funded by the Administration on Aging, there are monthly workshops to educate seniors on common diseases and guide them in navigating the health system. IRIS also coordinates a nationwide media campaign, provides training and technical assistance, and regularly updates a national online clearinghouse of health information in Vietnamese at

Besides IRIS-ITC, there is Assistance to Refugees Couples. ARC, which is funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, provides weekly workshops to educate couples in relationship enhancement skills, offering healthy marriage and family enrichment services to refugees, Amerasians, and victims of human trafficking from Vietnam. The branch also hosts the Assistance to Refugees Couples-Information Training Center (ARC-ITC) to create awareness of healthy marriage and family enrichment services for Orange County’s Indochinese population. These services are supported by the Administration for Children and Families.

Last but far from least, Orange County’s Service Center adds to the mix with ESL, citizenship, and computer classes for refugees and immigrants.

And with all that in mind, now for some of the old friends and new faces on hand for this year’s Orange County Tet party!

tetpartyjan09img_3084Two’s company, three’s a crowd, and dozens are a Tet celebration!

tetpartyjan09img_3090Tet raises spirits, indoors or outdoors!

tetpartyjan09img_3100Tet – an excellent opportunity to turn off the TV and spend time with loved ones.

tetpartyjan09img_3097What would Tet be without delicious Vietnamese food?

tetpartyjan09img_3091Tet is a good time to reaffirm close ties, especially bringing the generations of Vietnamese together.


  1. […] – for information about  all the services and events offered by the OC branch, please click here or contact branch manager Tiffany Nguyen at  714.775.2214 or […]

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