Family and pho star in Independence Day
Vietnamese Independence Day in Karratha was a celebration of family and pho on Friday night.
Nguyn Thi Huong, Thilini Ranasinghe, Loan Nguyen Grant and Shirley Simpson were relentless in organising the event with plenty of preparation time going into feeding a planned crowd of 60.
However the low-key gathering catered to about 100 with chicken wings, noodles, pork pieces, and spicy pho.
Independence Day for Vietnamese people is usually celebrated on September 2, and signifies independence from the Japanese and French in 1945, which was declared by revolutionary leader and later Prime Minister Ho Chi Minh.
Vietnam consul-general to Perth Le Viet Duyen said with 70 years of independence, Vietnam was a young country much like Karratha was a young city.
“We have one million new babies in Vietnam each year, so very similar to Karratha,” he said.
Jokes aside, Mr Duyen said his country was the number one exporter of cashew nuts and second for rice and coffee.
Mr Duyen mingled with Karratha’s Vietnamese families and said it would be great one day to have a sister-city in his country linked to Karratha.
City of Karratha deputy mayor John Lally said he thought there were opportunities for the region and Vietnam, citing their strength in the aquaculture industry as an area of interest.
Vietnam consul-general to Perth Le Viet Duyen and City of Karratha deputy mayor John Lally.