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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | September 30, 2015 |  Contact: Diana Moreno | (714) 741-1034
Senator Janet Nguyen Meets His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Discuss Efforts to Promote Kindness and Human Rights

(Garden Grove, CA) On Tuesday morning in Rochester, Minnesota, Senator Janet Nguyen had the distinct privilege of meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama for the second time this year. Among the many topics of discussion, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Senator Nguyen discussed her efforts to promote kindness in California and human rights in Vietnam. Joining Senator Nguyen for the 24-hour trip were Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Westminster Mayor Tri Ta.

"As the inspiration for my Kindness Campaign, it was truly humbling to witness, first-hand, His Holiness' commitment to the international proliferation of democracy and human kindness." said Senator Janet Nguyen. "#KindCalifornia and the spread of the Kindness movement across Southern California is a testament to His Holiness' ability to appeal to the hearts of millions."

During the private meeting, Mayor Tait, Senator Nguyen and Mayor Ta, chronicled the history of their Kindness Campaign movements in California and their respective cities. For her part, Senator Nguyen's campaign, #KindCalifornia kicked off on August 2nd at the OC Food Bank where more than one-hundred and fifty volunteers gathered to pack over 40,000 pounds of food. The mission of #KindCalifornia, an ongoing initiative, is to promote selflessness and encourage compassion among all Californians.

"It was a great honor to have been in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to express my gratitude for his exemplary life of compassion," said Westminster Mayor Tri Ta.

In addition to discussing #KindCalifornia, Senator Nguyen also spoke of human rights in Vietnam, specifically the recent releases of Vietnamese human rights prisoners of conscience Dieu Cay and Ta Phong Tan.  They also discussed China's involvement in the South Asia Sea, including China's efforts to control the Spratly Islands.

"I am deeply privileged to have had the opportunity to sit down with His Holiness to discuss the work that has been done to highlight the human rights abuses and the incarceration of prisoners of conscience across the world," said Senator Janet Nguyen.

Senator Nguyen previously met His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama during his 80th Birthday Celebration in July. At that time, Senator Nguyen presented His Holiness with a resolution in honor of designating the month of July 2015 as "Kindness Month."

Residents who wish to be part of #KindCalifornia can sign-up one of three ways:
1.     Website: Visit to submit their pledge
2.     Twitter: Tweet the hashtag #KindCalifornia
3.     Facebook: Visit and leave a message on the wall with the message "I am #KindCalifornia"
  "The acts of kindness can be as simple as saying thank you to one's parents for all they do for us or more elaborate acts like lending a helping to a stranger in need. The goal is simply to spread kindness," said Senator Janet Nguyen.

About Senator Janet Nguyen
Senator Janet Nguyen was overwhelmingly elected to represent the residents of California's 34th State Senate District in 2014. With this victory, Senator Nguyen became the first woman elected to represent the 34th Senate District and the first Vietnamese-American in the country to be elected to the State Senate. Senator Nguyen is the highest-ranking Vietnamese American elected official in the United States.

The 34th State Senate District includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminister, the unincorporated communities of Midway City and Rossmoor, as well as portions of Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Orange.