Yearly Archives: 2012

2012-2013 Email Updates

VSU’s Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse

Published by:

[youtube width=”600″ height=”365″ video_id=”oZkb7o42svg”]

Help! The world is ending in 3 days! Since it’s pretty likely that the world is ending with a zombie apocalypse, the lovely staff and interns of VSU have compiled a series of 4 workshops to be your guide to survival!

[From VSU Winter All Leadership Retreat]

2012-2013 Email Updates SEACLEAR

SEA CLEAR now hiring a new Transfer Coordinator!

Published by:

The Vietnamese Student Union’s Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention Project (SEA CLEAR) is hiring for a Transfer Coordinator for Winter 2013 & Spring 2013. This is a paid position: 15 hrs/week at $10.58/hr.

We are seeking an undergraduate student who is familiar/willing to learn about issues transfer students face and its intersections with the Southeast Asian community. Being the Transfer Coordinator is a unique student leadership position in which the student manages an entire component that ultimately coincides with SEA CLEAR’s mission of 100% retention.

Job description:
• Primary point person in: transfer outreach, transfer-specific peer counseling tools and developments, development of transfer-specific programs, and maintenance of relationships with stakeholders
• Lead the Transfer Workgroup and the recruitment of volunteers
• Oversee and monitor the transfer student caseload by recording, analyzing and evaluating popular student trends within the Southeast Asian transfer student population
• Provide the necessary assistance in the development and implementation of the project’s other components as well as programming
• Counsel 7 hours per week with a caseload of 20-25 students per quarter

Ideal for students who would like to gain more experience in:
-Asian American & transfer communities
-Facilitation of skill-building workshops
-Counseling/communication skills
-Higher education
-Leadership and teamwork

Hard copy is due December 16th at 6PM at SAC 105D – in the mailbox of Caresse Vuong. Please put it in a manilla envelope.
Electronic copy is due Deceber 16th at 6pm to

The application can be accessed here. Interview times will be emailed out accordingly. If there are any additional questions, please feel free to contact VSU’s Retention Coordinator, Caresse Vuong at or SEA CLEAR’s Project Director, Layhannara Tep at or visit us in the SEA CLEAR cubicle in SAC 105. We encourage you to contact either of us if you would like to know more about the position.

Thank you,
Caresse Vuong & Layhannara Tep

2012-2013 Email Updates

VSU Press Release: In Response to Hate Crime in Front of the VSU Office

Published by:

For Immediate Release*

On November 27th, 2012 at approximately 8:30 AM, a piece of white paper was found posted on the sign of the Vietnamese Student Union’s (VSU) office on the fourth floor of Kerckhoff Hall. This vandalism, which included an illustration of an obscene hand gesture, read “asian women R Honkie white-boy worshipping Whores!!!” VSU is disappointed and offended that such racial and sexist comments are being made on a campus that prides itself on its diversity. It is truly upsetting that this is not simply an act of ignorance, but intolerance towards our organization. The fact that someone took the time to create, print, and post this hate crime in front of our office proves that this act is deliberate and intentional. This is not just an attack on our organization, but also an attack on the bigger API community and womyn*, especially of color.

The incident carries several implications for society’s view of Asian womyn. By categorizing Asian womyn as “whores”, the perpetrator of this incident further promotes stereotypes of hypersexuality and objectification. This message conveys the image of Asian women as mere sex objects rather than human beings and rejects their personal identity. Moreover, it reinforces the idea that Asian women have an innate attraction towards whites to the point of submissive reverence. This belief creates division within our community and across communities by portraying White males as the dominant group. Asian males who have become socialized to feel foreign or inferior to Whites can feel sexually threatened by White males and express contempt towards their female counterparts. This message breeds divisiveness and seeks to undo the work of many people of color and allies.
As the official voice for all Vietnamese students at UCLA, VSU is against the objectification of womyn. Events and issues such as pageants and human trafficking only perpetuate such notions, and VSU has made strong stances against them. The racist and sexist slurs within the front of our office only proves that we as an organization must continue to promote diversity and advocate for the needs of our community. Each year, VSU hosts its annual Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) in Royce Hall to promote and share Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American culture with thousands of UCLA students, family, and alumni. Events like this aim to increase the presence of our community not only at UCLA, but as contributing members of our society, and combat stereotypes and ignorance demonstrated by the incident mentioned. It is especially relevant that the comments posted outside our office occur just months before our 33rd annual VCN, which will seek to address the issue of human trafficking and challenge the perceptions of Vietnamese and Asian womyn.

Although there is no quick fix solution to the incident that has transpired, we want to ensure that it will not go unnoticed. We feel the most effective action that will begin addressing this issue is to first generate awareness. Awareness alone brings light to this issue and opens opportunities for critical dialogue and potential action. This will come in the form of an awareness event held by the Vietnamese Student Union on Thursday November 29th, 2012 at noon at Meyerhoff Park in front of Kerckhoff Hall. To effectively gauge the demographic affected by this incident, this event allows prominent student leaders and UCLA faculty to demonstrate that our community is not silent and any further ideations of such actions are not tolerated. To further branch out to the demographic and allies of our cause, the Asian Pacific Coalition at UCLA will open a discussion forum Wednesday December 5th, 2012 at a time and location to be announced. Not only will this event promote awareness but also give some peace of mind to individuals who feel unresolved about the issue.

The Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA