Campus: CSU Fullerton -- April 29, 2005
College of Communications Announces Yen N. Do Scholarly Research
What: The College of Communications at California State
University, Fullerton and Nguoi Viet Daily News have joined hands in celebration of
the 30th anniversary of the Vietnamese emigration to the United States. The Yen N.
Do Scholarly Research Fund has been established in the College of Communications and
will provide necessary funds for faculty to facilitate research that focuses on
Vietnamese Americans and Southeast Asians in Southern California.
Who: Yen N. Do, founder and publisher of Nguoi Viet Daily News,
has pledged $30,000 for the fund.
Additional: The donation will be awarded over five years, with the
first $10,000 given this year. The fund supports topics of research that will benefit
Vietnamese and Southeast Asians living in Southern California. There are 1,932
Vietnamese American students enrolled at Cal State Fullerton.
This pledge is significant for the College of Communications, as faculty research
has been a longtime priority for Dean Rick Pullen. "Many of our faculty members have
intercultural communication expertise, and this support will enable them to conduct
beneficial research that may not otherwise have been possible," said Pullen, who is
working to strengthen ties and create partnerships in the Vietnamese American
"We focus on education, as education is one of our top priorities - as Vietnamese
Americans and as a newspaper," said Do, whose Westminster-based daily is the oldest
Vietnamese-language publication in the United States. "Our hope is that the research
developed with this fund will help our community and Southeast Asian communities in
Southern California to grow, and not just grow, but thrive and experience more joy
"We feel it's important for immigrants to unite with the mainstream to enhance
knowledge," he added. "And we want to help those who help the young people stretch
their minds and stir their souls. I have seen that in the College of Communications,
and I admire teachers who deeply inspire their students." Moreover, Do believes that
in journalism, as in academics, "we constantly seek to inform and to share, so this
partnership is natural."
He will work with his daughter, journalist Anh Do, to help select the researchers
and to provide opportunities for educators. The first faculty recipients will be
named this summer.
Nancy Byrne, director of development, College of
Communications, (714) 278-3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Orleans, Public Affairs, (714) 278-4540 or