From the Los Angeles Times:
A cobalt veil swayed in the breeze before mass as thousands of Catholics flocked to Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove on July 17. They were celebrating the Our Lady of La Vang Solemn Blessing Day. The crowd buzzed with excitement to see the new $12.6 million shrine and a centerpiece statue of Our Lady of La Vang.
In the statue, the first large-scale rendition in the U.S. of the sacred figure, Mary is depicted standing on a cloud, wearing a traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress and khan dong hat. She has a Eurasian face and holds the Baby Jesus. The Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared in a Vietnamese rainforest before a group of persecuted Vietnamese Catholics in 1798. Mary offered the desperate parishioners hope and guidance.