Tim Thien Do, a Sacramento businessman’s vision, came to live for members of the Vietnamese community.
“It’s for our younger generation,” said Do, who is also the founder and president of Vietnamese American Community of Sacramento.
“We lost our country and our freedom, so we came here. We want to take our culture of the past and pass it to them.”
Sunday, Do’s dream came true with the opening of the 15,000-square-foot Vietnamese Community Center of Sacramento at 6270 Elder Creek Road, which his family funded. The estimated $2 million project, with three buildings on 3 acres of land, took 2 1/2 years to complete.
“It represents the establishment of a place where the Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans can come and learn about their heritage. Sacramento is a unique place in terms of its diversity. This creates an opportunity for the Vietnamese to share their culture with the community,” he said.
More than 400 people packed the auditorium to watch dancers, singers and martial artists perform on the stage. Many of the attendees helped themselves to the chow mein, egg rolls, roast pork, chicken wings and watermelon placed on tables in the back of the 6,000-square-foot room.