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Tuan Nguyen ― vice president for media relations for Media and Film Company, a prominent Vietnamese language entertainment production company ― has been selected by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke to serve on the U.S. Census Bureau's Advisory Committee on the Asian population.
As a member of the nine-person committee, the Anaheim, Calif., resident will advise the Census Bureau on ways to achieve a more accurate count of the Asian population in the 2010 Census.
"The Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees provide a continuing channel of communication between the Census Bureau and race and ethnic communities," Census Bureau Acting Director Tom Mesenbourg said. "The committees play a vital role in ensuring that we make the best effort possible to reach race and ethnic groups, not only during the 2010 Census, but also the American Community Survey that is conducted throughout the decade."
Nguyen came to the United States in 1986 as a refugee from Vietnam. He lived in Seattle for 10 years before moving to California. He was vice president of the University of Washington's Vietnamese Student Association and has contributed many articles on community issues to local Vietnamese media outlets throughout the years.
Nguyen worked as a Census 2000 recruiting assistant and was vice chairman of the Vietnamese Complete Count Committee for Orange County, Calif., home of the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam.
He is a member of the Las Vegas organizing committee to host Miss Vietnam Global, an annual beauty pageant event for Vietnamese communities around the world. He is a contributing writer to several major Vietnamese media outlets in Southern California, such as VietBao Daily News, Viet Weekly, Tre Magazine and Diem Magazine. He also serves on boards of director for several Vietnamese community-based organizations.
Five race and ethnic advisory committees -- African-American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander -- advise the Census Bureau on issues affecting minority populations. The committees are assembled from the public at large and representatives of national, state, local and tribal entities, as well as nonprofit and private sector organizations. Members of the committees are academicians, community leaders, policy makers and others interested in an accurate count for their communities.