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Loài Hoa Hiếm Có Như Em .. ..
Nguyễn Hữu Viện



Đoan Trang
Hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em
Tươi sáng
Nụ cười Em rung cảm bao trái tim người
Đầy nhựa sống
Bao dung
Đầy trách nhiệm (1)
Đời sinh viên Em làm tấm gương sáng
Khoa bảng & Dấn thân hoạt động xã hội



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Phố Biển Đà Nẵng phóng khoáng hàng thế kỷ hun đúc cho Em
Ngôi trường Phan Châu Trinh & Lê Qúy Đôn
Ngày đầu đặt chân đất Mỹ:
Thành phố Pittsburg: Đất Thánh Dân Chủ (2)
Tinh thần Lincohn Nhân ái bất diêt.
Bài diễn văn ngắn gọn hùng biện hùng hồn
Tóm lược cả tinh hoa Dân chủ của Nhân loại trong:

«Của Dân, do Dân và vì Dân « (2)



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Hiếm như Em đến với mọi người bằng một nụ cười
Cho dù em đến từ một quê hương chiến chinh biển dâu nước mắt
Mậu Thân, Mỹ Lai,
Hàng triệu tấm bom trải thảm
Rừng Trường Sơn, Miền Nam, Đất Bắc,
Toàn Đất Nước hiện con ngấm chất độc Da cam
Chính nụ cười rộng lượng bao dung tha thiết ấy
Đã làm xúc động chinh phục tâm hồn nhiều người



Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Đoan Trang nữ sinh viên thanh xuân với tấm lòng và ước vọng
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Tên em Đoan Trang hiện thân
Thành tên học bổng mới Đại học Boise State



Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Năm năm sinh sống dưới mái nhà cha mẹ Mỹ nuôi
Người Mẹ Mỹ tâm sự vĩnh biệt

«Người ta bảo tôi cho Trang thật nhiều Sự thật là Trang cho tôi nhiều hơn thế (3)»

Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em


500 trái tim cùng nhịp điệu buồn
Đến tiễn đưa nữ sinh viên ngoại hạng
Trang em có tất cả như tuổi trẻ Mỹ sinh và lớn lên
Nơi đây học hỏi Giá trị Nhân bản
Làm việc cần cù
Tinh thần lãnh đạo
Xốc vác dấn thân
Phiêu lưu tìm sở trường cho mình
500 trái tim cùng nhịp điệu buồn
Ngàn cánh hoa cô thay bạn vĩnh biệt em tràn ngập
Giảng đường hôm nay tưởng niệm
Vài cánh áo dài Việt Nam kia mà em bỏ đi đâu ??
Em cánh hoa hướng dương sớm bỏ lìa cành
Cho 500 tâm hồn tham dự tưởng nhớ tặng vật tình Người -- tự do hiến dâng tự do trao tặng (4)

Hiếm như Em
Tươi sáng
Đầy nhựa sống
Bao dung
Đầy trách nhiệm
Dấn thân
Ý thức xã hội dân sự công dân
trong tuổi thanh xuân chín chắn
Phố Biển Đà Nẵng tinh thần Phan Châu Trinh
Thành phố Pittsburg tinh thần Lincohn
Tinh hoa Dân chủ Nhân bản Dân quyền Em hấp thụ tiếp thu

Hiếm như Em
Một lãnh đạo sinh viên có sức thu hút mạnh mẽ...
Là trái tim của trung tâm văn hóa
Sự hiện diện Em là một trong những lý do chính
Lôi kéo mọi người đến sinh hoạt
Làm cho trung tâm phát triển».
Giọng nói nhẹ nhàng
Tuy không e thẹn
Đoan Trang là trí tuệ từng tổ chức thành công
Nhiều hoạt động giao lưu văn hóa trên khuông viên đại học
Giới thiệu văn hóa Việt Nam với bạn bè quốc tế
Vì trước tiên em là người em hay người chị gái
Cởi mở rộng lượng dấn thân
Hình ảnh em trong cảm mến mọi người


Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Em yêu nhạc John Lennon lời ca Imagine
Em yêu Huế Sông Hương
Em yêu Đà Nẵng Sông Hàn

Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Hiếm như Em hiếm như Em
Boise State mất đi thủ lĩnh sinh viên (5)
Hy vọng làm ngọn đuốc pha ánh hải đăng
Cho các cậu ấm cô chiêu
Du học tốn kém tiền bạc của nhân dân hai Nước
Và niềm tin hy vọng đặt trên nhịp cầu nối giữa hai Dân tộc


Loài Hoa Hiếm Có Như Em .. ..
Loài Hoa Hiếm Có Như Em .. ..

«Trang hỡi Trang, em là vì sao sáng
Giữa khung trời mây mây trắng với trăng thanh
Rồi một sớm có bao nhiêu đầu xanh
Siết tay nhau, giục giã em lên đường»


Câu hát một thời vang dội cả Sài gòn
Làm xao xuyền bao trái tim sinh viên học sinh
Quách Thị Trang mùa pháp nạn 1963
Biết đâu đầu thai lại trong Em ???



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1. »bright, full of life, generous, caring and committed in her young life.» He also announced that a scholarship would be given out in her honor each year. «This way,» Kustra said, «We will never forget her.»
2. Nơi Tổng thống Abraham Lincohn đọc bài diễn văn nổi tiếng ngắn gọn còn lưu truyền mãi mãi «.. ..for the People, by the People and of the People ...»
3. For the past five years, Janet and Jeff Black had hosted Doan in their home. They also paid tribute to the wonderful person she was. Host mother Janet Black said, «People always say I gave so much to Trang. The truth is, Trang gave so much to me.» Host father Jeff Black added, «She came here and…not only adjusted to a world unlike her own, but thrived here.» Tại lễ tưởng niệm, người đỡ đầu của Đoan Trang từ khi cô du học tại Mỹ cách đây 5 năm, ông bà Jenet và Jeff Black phát biểu: «Ai cũng nghĩ chúng tôi giúp nhiều cho Trang, nhưng sự thực là bằng phẩm chất của mình, cô ấy đã cho chúng tôi rất nhiều...».
4. The service commenced with a slide show of a vibrant Doan. Reverend Elizabeth Green of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship paid tribute to Doan as, «a flower that dropped surely too soon,» and encouraged the gathering to «celebrate the gift of human love -- freely given, freely taken.»
5. Tờ báo Arbiter của sinh viên Trường Boise State sau tai nạn đã đưa ảnh và tít lớn trên trang nhất: Trường Boise State mất đi thủ lĩnh sinh viên (Boise State loses student leader). «Her smile touched so many hearts.»
Many recalled Doan»s great desire for people to become more culturally aware and to embrace one another, especially their differences. Many paid respects to Doan»s parents and thanked them for bringing her to so many lives. One attendant said, Đoàn Thị Đoan Trang, sinh năm 1980, nguyên là học sinh giỏi nhiều năm của Trường PTTH chuyên Lê Quý Đôn, TP Đà Nẵng
She grew up in Vietnam, in the Thua Thien Hue Province, located in the central region of the country. The eldest of two children and the only girl of a working middle--class family, she was very ambitious from the beginning. Her mother, Ho Thi Duong is an English teacher and tour guide. Her father, Doan Van Toai is an electrician, and both still live in Vietnam. Trang graduated from high school in Vietnam with the highest of honors. Tháng 11/2003, cô tốt nghiệp cử nhân tin học và được học bổng tiếp tục lấy bằng quản trị kinh doanh của trường này.

By Bethany Maille
News Reporter
The Arbiter
February 02, 2004

Heavy hearts filled the SUB»s Jordan Ball Room Thursday, Jan. 29, to remember BSU»s Trang Doan. The 23 year--old Vietnam native and active student leader was killed Jan. 24 in a weather--related traffic accident while returning from a university related trip. Flowers filled the room and Doan»s authentic Vietnamese dresses hung behind the mourners -- a memorial to the vitality with which she once filled them. The service commenced with a slide show of a vibrant Doan. Reverend Elizabeth Green of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship paid tribute to Doan as, «a flower that dropped surely too soon,» and encouraged the gathering to «celebrate the gift of human love -- freely given, freely taken.»
Boise State President Bob Kustra presented Doan»s Business Administration and Computer Systems degree posthumously to her parents who were flown in from Vietnam. Kustra described Doan as, «bright, full of life, generous, caring and committed in her young life.» He also announced that a scholarship would be given out in her honor each year. «This way,» Kustra said, «We will never forget her.» For the past five years, Janet and Jeff Black had hosted Doan in their home. They also paid tribute to the wonderful person she was. Host mother Janet Black said, «People always say I gave so much to Trang. The truth is, Trang gave so much to me.» Host father Jeff Black added, «She came here and…not only adjusted to a world unlike her own, but thrived here.»
Minh Lam, Doan»s close friend and fellow Vietnamese Student Association member, organized the memorial. Lam recalled that Doan, «always had a smile.» He also acknowledged Doan»s sincere presence in the VSA, «[She was] more than a friend or member, she was a sister within our family.»
The majority of the memorial was dedicated to an open--mic time when friends and co--workers could share savored stories of Doan. Many recalled Doan»s great desire for people to become more culturally aware and to embrace one another, especially their differences.
Many paid respects to Doan»s parents and thanked them for bringing her to so many lives. One attendant said, «Her smile touched so many hearts.»

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Vietnamese exchange student Trang Doan will be remembered by the Boise State community as a young woman with heart and ambition.
Boise State loses student leader in auto accident

By Jessica Adams
Managing Editor
The Arditer
January 29, 2004


Boise State student Trang Doan, 23 was killed Saturday in a weather--related traffic accident on I--86 near American Falls, Id. Doan and seven other BSU students were returning from a cultural diversity workshop at Idaho State University when the 12 passenger university--owned van carrying the students wrecked.
Doan, a Vietnam native was a student at Boise State for five years and was an active leader and a student employee with the BSU Women»s Center and Cultural Center. She was also involved with the Vietnam Student Association, the International Student Association and the Filapino--American Organization.
Student Union Director Leah Barrett said Doan, an international student, lived with her host family for the last five years and they were very close.
Doan completed a bachelor»s degree in computer information systems in December and was working on another degree in business management.
Described as soft--spoken, yet not shy, Doan was instrumental in organizing many cultural events on campus.
Minh Lam, one of Doan»s closest friends, recalls working with her to organize the Vietnamese New Year celebration.
«Just a couple of weeks ago we were putting flowers together for the New Year and we were arguing, as always. She kept telling me to keep working,» Lam said. «Almost every time I»d see her we»d argue, but she never became angry.» «You never know how much a person touches you until she is not there. She was always joking, making everyone laugh,» Lam said.

Lam and another of Doan»s close friends, Godfrey Chow, organized Doan»s memorial service slated for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the SUB Jordan Ballroom. «At the beginning we were planning for about 50 to 75 people to attend the memorial, now we are planning for 500, maybe more,» Chow said.

In addition, the university is collecting money to bring Doan»s family to Boise from Vietnam for her funeral services. Anyone wishing to donate to a fund for this purpose is asked to contact the Student Union at 426--1551.

Barrett said the phones have been ringing off the hook.
«The number of people that are affected by this tragedy is reflective of how many lives she touched,» Barrett said.

Another student leader, Ramiro Castro, 23, of Burley was seriously injured in the accident. Castro was transported to Portnuef Medical Center in Pocatello. His injuries are not considered life threatening. Castro is an ASBSU senator from the College of Applied Technology.
Five other students who were passengers incurred minor injuries. They were treated and released from Harms Memorial Hospital in American Falls for minor injuries. According to Idaho State Police reports, the van slid into a ditch, jumped a cement barrier, struck a tree and came to rest in an embankment.
The accident was among several caused by snowfall and drifts between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, Idaho State Police said. During that period, state police responded to 27 slide--offs in the Pocatello area, including five property--damage accidents and two other crashes in which motorists sustained minor injuries.

Memorial Service for Trang Doan Thursday, 7pm. SUB, Jordan Ballroom Persons wishing to donate to her funeral fund are asked to call (208) 426--1551

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For Trang

By Aubrey Salazar
Columnist
The Arbiter

January 29, 2004

Last weekend, the Boise State community suffered the loss of a fellow student Trang Doan to a serious car accident while on a university--sponsored trip. I saw and talked with Trang a few times, she was a receptionist at the Women»s Center and Cultural Center at Boise State where I volunteered. Always cheery, and helpful, this was all I knew about her, but after talking to the few people who knew Trang well, I managed to find out much more.
Trang»s life mirrors a great many lives of international students who come to study in the United States. She grew up in Vietnam, in the Thua Thien Hue Province, located in the central region of the country. The eldest of two children and the only girl of a working middle--class family, she was very ambitious from the beginning. Her mother, Ho Thi Duong is an English teacher and tour guide. Her father, Doan Van Toai is an electrician, and both still live in Vietnam. Trang graduated from high school in Vietnam with the highest of honors.
While guiding an American tour group, Trang»s mother met a woman by the name of Clee McBee from the American Youth of the United States (AYUSA) organization, who then offered to set Trang up with a host family in the United States where she could pursue her dream of a higher education. Trang left Vietnam in 1998 and began living with Andrea and Barry Lewis of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. After completing her SATs, she began looking to attend a university.
«You could tell she was appreciative and really valued her experience here, she was very mature, always upheld Vietnamese traditions and was extremely respectful,» said Tam Dinh, former Boise State Cultural Center coordinator.
After living with the Lewis family in Pennsylvania for a short time, she moved in with Geoff Black and Janette Young of Poughkeepsie, New York where she attended the Dutchess Community College. Geoff Black received a professorship to teach economics at Boise State University, and moved the family here in the fall of 2000.
After moving to Boise, Trang started attending Boise State and enrolled in the Computer Information Systems program. She didn»t stop there though, Trang, along with other Vietnamese students at Boise State saw a need to create a club which reflected their culture and traditions, so she became a co--founding member of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) for which she served as vice president back in 2001 and was treasurer at the time of her passing. Tracie Pham, 24, served as president of VSA a couple years ago and had this to say of Trang: «She was always out there to help people.»

According to Dinh, Trang also embraced a role not altogether customary in the Vietnamese culture.
«Trang assumed leadership roles very well, it»s more of an American trait which she latched on to, but she never lost her graciousness, or respect for the age order.» Trang was president of the International Student Association as well.
Trang completed her first degree in Computer Information Systems, but held off on attending the graduation ceremony in hopes of completing another degree in Business Management. Posthumous degrees can be awarded to such individuals such as Trang who pass away just before the completion of their program. This seems to be one those circumstances. It would at the very least, be appropriate for the symbol of her hard work at Boise State to be given to her parents.
The last time Trang»s mother saw her, it was in the summer of last year, when Trang was involved in another car accident. Her father had visited her the year before that. Most of us can»t imagine how difficult it was for Trang»s parents to give up their only daughter to a strange and unknown culture, and then after building their hopes for her on top of the many accomplishments she fulfilled, to watch them crumble.
Trang Doan was a testament to how much students should value the educational opportunities they are given.
«Trang was maturer than most, because it takes a lot, costs a lot, and bears a great responsibility to send your Vietnamese child to the United States to be educated. The hope is all in one child,» Dinh said. I also asked Dinh about Vietnamese funeral ceremonies.
In a Buddhist ceremony, the deceased is brought into the home for a public viewing in order for the family and friends to pray and give blessings. To mourn, white is worn, with white head bands for family members to distinguish them from others. Sometimes offerings are made for the deceased to use and attain in the next life, as Buddhists believe in reincarnation. The offerings like money, images of houses, cars are burned as blessings for the next life. Food and fruit are also offered as a sign of condolences. At Boise State, students will have their own remembrance ceremony.

On Thursday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom, a memorial service is planned for Trang and all are invited to say goodbye to this extraordinary student. Trang was everything that Americans born and raised here are taught to value, hard work, leadership, enterprise, and the pursuit of excellence.
You didn»t have to know her to understand what she gave up to be here and why she should be remembered.


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