Our History

The Vietnamese Community of Minnesota (VCM) was originally established in 1981, representing the first wave of a few thousand refugees resettled in the State of Minnesota after the fall of Saigon. In 1998, the VCM was incorporated with the Secretary of State's Office. Since our founding, the population has grown to over twenty thousand residents consisting of many differentiations formed by geographical, socio-economic and demographic factors creating different needs and interests within our community in Minnesota.

In response to the new and complex nature of our community, a new board of directors of eighteen members was elected in January 2004, with staggered terms, to serve the Vietnamese community by bridging the above stated gaps with new and innovative initiatives. For over two decades, the VCM's work has expanded to address other unmet needs experienced by the Vietnamese as they build new lives here. By partnering with many great sponsors over the years, our annual Tet arts and cultural festival attracted thousands of people in attendance including many federal and state officials, as well as representatives from local agencies.

The VCM's program initiatives currently include: cultural arts, networking & outreach, educational and social justice advocacy. All of the VCM's activities focus on helping Vietnamese (and other Asian) people overcome challenges and obstacles, to advance and contribute in meaningful ways to the greater community. The VCM is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

VCM works cooperatively with a wide range of other Vietnamese community organizations, private corporations, non-profit organizations and many individuals regarding employment, social service and health related issues.

The VCM strives for the fostering and development of important partnerships with a wide range of Asian Social agencies and organizations from the broader community. Our collaborating relationships include: Vietnamese Refugee Community of Minnesota, Vietnamese Social Services, Vietnamese Broadcasting of Minnesota (VBM), Viet Minnesota Radio (VMNR), Little Saigon News, the New World Magazine, University of Minnesota's Vietnamese Student Association, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota, local dance groups, local Vietnamese Buddhist temples and churches, ClearWay Minnesota, and the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Our MissionOur Mission


To preserve and enrich our cultural heritage through educational initiatives; cooperate with other Vietnamese associations in unified actions for the benefit of the Vietnamese community; and promote cross-cultural interaction and foster mutual understanding and cooperation between the Vietnamese community and other communities.

In January 2004, our mission was revised to include:

  • Preservation and enrichment of our cultural heritage through education initiatives;
  • Cooperation with other Vietnamese and South East Asian organizations in unified actions for the benefit of the Vietnamese community;
  • Promotion of cross-cultural interaction and fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between the Vietnamese community and other communities;
  • Advocacy and promotion of the socio-economic influence and well-being of the Vietnamese Community in Minnesota.


Vietnamese Community of Minnesota Bylaws


English/Tiếng Việt:
Board of Advisors
Ms. Phuoc Tran, MLIS   Mr. Simon Hoa Phan, MSA
Ms. ThienThuy Ngo   Mr. Ha Tuong, PhD
Mr. Tuan Hoang, PhD   Hung Q. Le
Mr. Oanh V. Pham   Mr. Stephen B. Young, J.D.
Upcoming eventsExecutive Team


President   Mr. Thomas Cao
Vice President of External Affairs   Ms. Lisalan Thai
Vice President of Internal Affairs   Mr. Victor Nguyen
General secretary   Ms. Kristy Khanh-My Le
Treasurer   Ms. Chauloan Le
Executive Director   Mr. Trac B. Cao
Upcoming eventsBoard of Directors



Ms. Liz Phan   Mr. Hoa Le
Mr. Hung Nguyen   Ms. Thuy Nguyen
Mr. Thinh Huynh   Ms. Tram-Anh Ngo
Mr. Han Phan   Mr. Hoc Nguyen
Mr. Đức Nguyễn   Ms. Nga Vo
Ms. Maya Ly  

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