Garden Grove

Street renaming after emperor on agenda

STATUE of Emperor Quang Trung at museum in the Tay Son district of the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam (Wikipedia/Tonbi Ko).

The renaming of a street in Garden Grove after a legendary Vietnamese emperor will be on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the City Council.

What’s proposed is to change Business Center Parkway – from Euclid Street to Corporate Drive – to Emperor Quang Trung. The street is a business park area south of Westminster Avenue in a largely Vietnamese business district.

Trung, also known as Nguyen Van Hue, was the second emperor of the Tay Son Dynasty in what is now Vietnam, having overthrown the previous dynasty.

He was a successful military commander defeating armies from Siam (today’s Thailand) and China. Instituting reforms and religious tolerance, he was popular for advocating the interests of the peasants. He died at the age of 40 in 1792. Trung/Hue is considered a hero to many Vietnamese, although some historians claim he was ruthless in fighting his enemies, including mass killings of an opposing clan.

The cost of renaming the street – about $1000 – will be born by the Quang Trung Statue Committee, which is also a erecting statue of Trung at the northwest corner of Euclid and Business Center.
Also on the agenda will be the second and final reading of an ordinance placing restrictions on the parking of recreational vehicles on public streets.

The council will meet in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave., starting with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and a study session at 5:45. The public session will commence at 6:30 p.m.


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