WESTMINSTER — As she toured Little Saigon, Ghada Said Gerges Amien, an Egyptian civil rights lawyer, was impressed with seeing the structure, order and principles of the American system up close.
"There's respect, understanding, democracy and order," she said in Arabic. "People here have goals, and they succeed."
Amien, a member of the High Council Al Ghad Party for human rights, was one of nine Jordanian and Egyptian politicians and political-minded visitors who found themselves in the heart of the Vietnamese-American stronghold last week as they toured Orange County with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL).
The foreign politicians were given a warm welcome and a tour of Little Saigon by Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Westminster). The politicians stopped in town as part of an effort to learn about the various cultures that make up the United States.
"It's a great way for the young leaders to see the diversity and culture of America," said Tran, whose Assembly district includes Costa Mesa. "That in our country, it doesn't matter where you come from, but if you work hard and if you're entrepreneurial in spirit, you'll become very successful."