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Vietnamese in OrlandoVietnamese in OrlandoVietnamese in OrlandoCentral Florida has thousands of connections to The Vietnam War.  

In the 1970s, thousands of Vietnamese war refugees fled their native land, desperately seeking a new beginning and settled just north of downtown Orlando and opened opening businesses.

Now, dozens of Vietnamese restaurants, shops and markets line a 10-block stretch of Orlando’s Colonial Drive near Mills Avenue. Explore the area and its people with Orlando blogger, Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps.

Part 2: Vietnamese in Orlando - Viet Nomz

Part 1: Vietnamese in Orlando - Tien Hung Market

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THE VIETNAM WAR: Exhibit Opening & Screening
Orange County History Center
65 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando

WUCF in partnership with the Orange County History Center unveiled new exhibit entitled, “Leaving Vietnam: Building a New Life in Central Florida.”  What turned Orlando’s Mills 50 neighborhood into Little Saigon? This retrospective uses oral histories to explore the war’s impact on Central Florida. Learn about the parts local veterans played on the front lines and how the experience shaped them. Discover the roots of Central Florida’s Vietnamese community and its impact on leadership, local commerce, and Orlando’s food scene.

Vietnamese in Orlando: Timeline

How did Orlando become home to some of the best Vietnamese food and stores in Central Florida.  Check out the interactive timeline below: