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FLS Newsletter - Jan. 2020

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

FLS Updates

2019 Annual Report
2019 has come and gone and a lot has happened this year. Check out the entire Annual Report for program highlights, operating budget, and our supporters from this past year. 

Click here to read it in Vietnamese. 

Little Saigon Community Research Report
Conducted by our Research & Advocacy Intern, Tiffany Truong, the purpose of this research report is to conduct market research on ethnic small business industries, housing and other community needs in the Little Sàigòn community. The goal is to document the community's needs, changes, and growth in order to support future advocacy and programs. 

Check out her full report here.

In the meantime, check out her Little Saigon Info-graphic below:

Creative Community Space - Coming Soon!

As you may have heard, we are building out a Little Saigon Creative Space that is dedicated to community programming and celebrating Vietnamese arts, culture, and history. This project builds the foundation for future cultural and community spaces in the Vietnamese community. Read more about it here.

A rendering of Little Saigon Creative Space. Image courtesy of Zeroplus Architects.

Here are some of our anticipated programs:
  • Vietnamese-style cafe
  • Community resource & library
  • Art exhibition space
  • Vietnamese language classes
  • Small business technical assistance
  • Special events and collaborations
Construction is anticipated to be complete Spring 2020, but we're not quite done yet. We need your support! We're 70% of the way there from our Giving Tuesday campaign. 

Help us reach 100% By donating, you will be directly supporting each of the (bold) programs above. Whether it's $10 or $100, we appreciate each and every one of you.

Click here to begin donating!  


Vietnamese Language Class

Since our pilot, we’ve made some changes to accommodate for future classes:
  • A short entrance assessment to make sure everyone in the cohort has the same skill level and can follow along with the speed of the course.
  • A fee for participation of $100 for the course. This will support the teachers, exploration activities, and supplies. 
Registration for our 2020 class is not yet open. For updates on when it will open, follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram)

For more information about the class, click here

Our Fall 2019 cohort celebrating the end of the class by learning how to make bánh cuốn!

Welcome our new Community Engagement Coordinator, Ricky Pham

Ricky has done previous work in the CID community working with senior residents and organizing activities and community events. In this role, Ricky will be working with small businesses in Little Saigon, offering numerous types of support and resources.

If you need support or have any questions or concerns regarding your small business, volunteering, Seattle Labor Standards, upcoming events, or collaborating, contact Ricky at

Upcoming Events & News

Job Opening: FLS Program Manager

Friends of Little Saigon is hiring a full-time Program Manager. The Program Manager is responsible for managing FLS programs, in addition to supporting admin and operations for the organization. The manager administers the programs implementation and outcomes to ensure they align with the organization’s mission and strategic goals.

To read the job description and apply, click here.

Call for Art - Owning It

One of the most exciting things about our upcoming creative community space is that we will be launching an art exhibit right inside! The theme of the exhibit is Owning it. The goal of this theme is to understand what Owning It means, what it means to own your space, your identity, your culture, and your power. 

We're in search of emerging and professional artists who identify as a Vietnamese American to share the diverse perspectives and experiences of the theme Owning it, how different individuals define ownership of their culture, identity, space, and power. This exhibit will be displayed for 6 months at Little Saigon Creative space.

For more details and to apply, click here.

2020 Census

The 2020 Census just might be the biggest event of the year. We're here to help as many as people as we can to fill out the 2020 Census. Please use us as a resource if you or anybody you know needs help understanding the importance of the census. 

  • Census forms will be sent out mid-March
  • You can respond to the 2020 Census online!
  • You will receive many, many, many reminders to respond to the census. Want them to stop? Fill out the census!

We have both English and Vietnamese translated resources on our website. Here a few:

Census 101 
Census 101 (Viet)
Census Timeline
Census Timeline (Viet)
How the 2020 Census Affects Your Community
How the 2020 Census Affects Your Community (Viet)

For more resources, click here.

Seattle Labor Standards

The 2020 Seattle Labor Standards Ordinances is out!
If you're a small business, be sure to read and be aware of the 2020 Minimum Wage update. 
Information about the 2020 Minimum Wage can be found here in English and here in Vietnamese. 

Click here for a direct download of the 2020 Workplace Poster. 


Meet the Staff
Contact Us

Quynh Pham - / (253) 245-9341
Angela Ngo - / (360) 602-6892
Ricky Pham - / (206) 317-4649
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