|Councilman Al Hoang saved New Year Celeration|
|Written by Joe Phan|
|Thursday, 27 January 2011 01:42|
DATE: Jan. 24, 2011
STORY: Houston Council Member Al Hoang Saved
Houston at Viet Hoa
BY: Glenda Joe
At Lunar New Year Lion Dance firecracker displays. The Fire Marshals also threatened to deny any future permits to celebrate the New Year with firecracker displays. 2010 at Viet Hoa center, Houston Fire Department Fire Marshals threatened to shut down the
The HFD Fire Marshals had no understanding or respect for the ancient New Year traditions. They treated this most significant 2,000 year-old celebration as a trivial and unnecessary inconvenience of their time. With their threats, the Fire Marshals made an embarrassing scene for Lion Dancers and celebration organizers.
Lunar New Year Houston director, Glenda Joe, called Council Member Hoang that very day. The Council Member was on the phone that Saturday until midnight putting his staff on notice and making personal calls to HFD officials.
Council Member Hoang said, "This is a slap in the face of our culture and heritage.
This is unacceptable conduct and the problem must be resolved."
Lion Dance celebrationfor the following day of he event. Member's immediate action and effective response saved the 2010 Lunar New Year Houston
Thereafter, Council Member Hoang convened formal meetings between leadership
of the Asian community and Fire Marshal Office. His discrete diplomacy and passion for preserving the Asian community's Lunar New Year tradition in Houston was the key to facilitating a solution to the problem in time for the New Year of the Rabbit. to resolve the problem with the
Through Council Member Hoang's committed efforts, the Fire Marshal Office is now especially appreciative of the significance of the City's . Because of the Council Members effective intervention, Lunar New Year Houston will celebrate the with a million Lucky Red Firecrackers and 100 Lions to bring Good Fortune to the New Year!
|Last Updated on Friday, 28 January 2011 01:54|