Disneyland auditions to try out whole new world - OC Register, 11/4/06
But getting through to the Vietnamese-American population, which is tightknit and more or less enclosed within a 3-square-mile sliver of Westminster, was a challenge, Tucker said.
"We put up a flier first, but realized soon that the words 'casting' or 'performance' did not translate into Vietnamese," he said.
So they had to clarify exactly what the auditions would cover and whom they wanted, Tucker said.
Disney made an inroad into the community through Nguoi Viet Daily News, considered the largest Vietnamese-language daily in the United States.
Minh-An La-Pham, spokeswoman for Nguoi Viet, said Disneyland officials got the idea for the audition at last year's Taste and Tour of Little Saigon.
"They were really impressed by how petite the hostesses were and said people that size would be ideal to work for them," she said.
But Tucker said size is not a consideration.
"That aspect is not an issue as far as we are concerned," he said. "It's not the reason we're going out to Little Saigon."
La-Pham said fliers for the audition are going fast.
"In this community, everything is word of mouth," she said. "A lot of people seem to be interested to try out."