Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network
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The Len Duong International Vietnamese Youth Network (Vietnamese: Mạng Lưới Tuổi Trẻ Việt Nam Lên Ðường) is an international non-profit network composed of Vietnamese student and youth organizations for the purpose of networking as well as philanthropic and political work related to the Vietnamese youth. It has strong ties to local Vietnamese Student Associations, in particular with those in the United States, Australia and France, and is best known for organizing the biannual International Vietnamese Youth Conference (previously held in Melbourne, Paris, San Diego and Sydney).
About every two years, Len Duong organizes a multi-day international Vietnamese youth conference drawing Vietnamese youths from all over the world to gather and discuss topics relating to the Vietnamese youth and network. These conference draw anywhere from 400-600 youths from more than 15 countries. With the Vietnamese spelling of the International Vietnamese Youth Conference as Đại Hội Thanh Niên Sinh Viên Việt Nam Thế Giới, this conference has simply been abbreviated and nicknamed DH followed by the conference number, such as DH3 for the third conference.
The first conference was organized by Federal Vietnamese Students Association of Australia in January 1999 in Melbourne, Australia. It is primarily through this conference that the ideas of an international network and recurring conference was formally introduced and later transformed into the Lenduong organization as it is today.
The second conference was held in Paris, France in the summer of 2001, followed by the Third International Vietnamese Youth Conference that was co-hosted by the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California as well as the Phan Boi Chau Youth Network.
With DH4, the fourth conference returned to its original country Australia, and about 450 youths gathered for five days at the Bankstown Town Hall in the suburbs of Sydney from December 27th 2005 to January 1 2006. This conference marked the first conference without a camp.