Empowering newly arrived immigrant communities with essential support, knowledge, and skills to thrive and prosper
in the United States of America.


The Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center, Inc. (IRCC) was founded in 1976 as a nonprofit community-based organization located in San Jose, California. Dedicated to serving and supporting immigrants, primarily of Vietnamese origin, within Santa Clara County, California, IRCC has played a pivotal role in facilitating successful resettlement for over 30,000 families since its inception.

The Viet Museum
@ San Jose History Park

Public Events

Dan Sinh Media
Public Broadcasting Network

Projects Developed


The Vietnamese community in San Jose has burgeoned to over 100,000 residents, establishing it as the largest Vietnamese population residing in a city outside of Vietnam. Annually, IRCC organizes celebrations to honor the significant events in the history of Vietnamese refugees in Santa Clara County, elucidating the reasons for their migration, the journey undertaken, and expressing gratitude to those who offered assistance. This community has been steadfastly supported by notable political figures, including former US President Jimmy Carter and Zoe Lofgren, a Congresswoman serving her 13th term representing District 19, among others.

Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

On the occasion of the 10th annniversary of the museum, the 40th anniversary of IRCC in 2016. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren passed the following resolution:

Now Be it therefore Resolved That Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. Hereby presents this commendation to the Immigrant Resettlement & Cultural Center on their 40th anniversary, for preserving and promoting to the people of the city of San Jose the strength, courage and perseverance of the Vietnamese in their search for freedom.

Former US President Jimmy Carter

Remarks on IRCC 32nd Anniversary

“Thank you for inviting me to celebrate the 32nd anniversary of resettlement in the United States. I am honored to have played a role in calling the United States Navy into action to rescue Vietnamese boat people in the South Pacific Ocean in 1979 and then ordered that we receive an average of 14,000 immigrants per month from the previous war zone. We also encouraged other national leaders to follow our lead. And although I cannot be with you tonight, I stand in spirit along with you and other prominent members of of the Vietnamese American community and dignitaries to thank the Immigrant Resettlement and Cultural Center and Mr. Vu Van Loc for the dedication work to raise hope for a better future for thousands of Vietnamese refugees over the past thirty two years. Congratulations on the lives you have built for yourselves in our great nation and may good fortune follow you for generations to come. Thank you very much”.


Introducing a dedicated team of diverse individuals, each possessing a unique array of skills, united by a common goal: preserving the rich tapestry of Vietnamese American history and heritage. Together, this dynamic group combines their expertise and passion to honor and safeguard the cultural legacy of the Vietnamese American community for future generations.


Loc is the pioneer who saw the need and founded IRCC in 1976. Loc’s background is university law study, the practice of journalism and significant time spent in the military. These three fields contribute to making him a fine community leader. His ideas started the social services of IRCC, Inc. and his collecting became the seeds of the Vietnam Boat People Museum. He works tirelessly in the Vietnamese community.

Chairman of the Board

C. D. Nguyen is a distinguished leader renowned for his academic prowess and impactful career spanning government and corporate sectors. Graduating with top honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, he continued his studies at MIT, where he earned a Master's degree. With a decade in the RVN government, including roles as Vice Minister for Trade and Minister of Trade and Industry, he showcased exceptional leadership. Transitioning to finance with Exxon, he served for nearly three decades before retirement, leaving a lasting legacy of excellence and community engagement.