Category Archives: 2016-2017

2016-2017

The 37th Annual VCN GoFundMe Page is LIVE!

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The annual Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) at UCLA aims to start conversation about difficult or controversial topics that we feel need to be more openly addressed within the Vietnamese/Vietnamese-American community. At the same time, VCN is meant to celebrate the Vietnamese-American culture at UCLA by working with various organizations and putting on a showcase to display all their talent and hard work. Our goal is to entertain, unite, and rejoice with the audience members, the staff, and the community in one big production.
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Over the past thirty-seven years, the Vietnamese Student Union at the University of California, Los Angeles has grown to be one of the largest and most prominent organizations in Southern California. Our organization is part of a larger Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization*. In attempts to foster a greater understanding towards the unique Vietnamese American experience, we enhance our own appreciation of the culture through the medium of theater and performing arts. Thus, the Vietnamese Student Union is proud to present our 37th Annual Vietnamese Culture Night (VCN) to the UCLA community and beyond. VCN is one of our most anticipated and biggest events of the year, set to grace the stage on Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6-10PM, at the prestigious Royce Hall Auditorium on the UCLA campus.

The 37th Annual Vietnamese Culture Night is open to a community of well over 1,800 undergraduate and graduate students, UCLA alumni, family members, and community members free of charge. We aim to foster a sense of appreciation for the unique Vietnamese culture through traditional song and dance, modern/hip hop movement, and distinctive storytelling. This year’s theme “The Things She Carries: Gánh Nặng Cuộc Đời” is a glimpse into the home of an average Vietnamese American family. We follow Quynh, the oldest daughter, and see the complexity of what it means to be a Vietnamese American woman in society today. Even though family is all we have at the end of the day, what happens when your family causes more harm than good? This year aims to explore the theme of gender inequality and experience what goes on behind closed doors.

However, as the university suffers from large budget cuts for the programs of outreach and education, it has become increasingly necessary for us to call upon the benevolent assistance of our community and those who support cultural enrichment through the arts. Limited financial resources are preventing us from reaching our goals in the production of this show, and the support of our community will greatly aid in the success of this program. Support can be shown through donations by placing an advertisement in our event program or through a tax-deductible contribution.

With our show date rapidly approaching, the cast and crew of VCN 2017 are working diligently to ensure that the production is a success. We hope that you will assist us in our continuing efforts to promote awareness of the Vietnamese American culture on and beyond the UCLA campus, and we would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation for your support.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Michael Ly │VCN 2017 Executive Director
Brian Lu & Lee Pham │VCN 2017 Executive Producers

LINK TO GOFUNDME PAGE

2016-2017

Presidential Result Address

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Dear Members of the Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) at UCLA,

In light of the recent presidential election results, VSU would like to make this public statement as the official voice of Vietnamese students on campus. For those of you who are angry, saddened, and afraid of what the results of this election may bring, we are with you. As a political organization, we will not stand for the homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, and racist views that are normalized and perpetuated by President-elect Donald Trump. In understanding the interconnectedness among our communities, we realize that discrimination towards one community is a setback for all of us. We hope that the Vietnamese community here at UCLA will challenge these views and stand up for the communities whose rights and livelihoods will be threatened by the hate crimes and discriminatory acts that will escalate in the incoming 4 years. This is not a time for us to be complacent, but a time to mobilize and to advocate not only for ourselves, but for other communities of color as well.

The recent election results do not signal the beginning of discrimination and prejudice, but make more apparent our nation’s long-standing issues of racism and discrimination. We should take the momentum of these elections and push forth in order to combat these sentiments and to prepare for what may come. We must educate ourselves and others to engage with the issues and policy changes that may affect the Vietnamese community, so that our voices may be heard and represented at the federal, state, and county levels. We must place our energies into the retention and outreach efforts that will educate and equip our people with the skills and knowledge necessary for community advancement. It is through these community service efforts that we will uplift the Vietnamese community at UCLA and in the Greater Los Angeles Area, together. In closing, the Vietnamese Student Union will be a space where we can discuss ways to move forward, where we will draw upon our strengths as we have done in the past and will continue to do, in unity and in resiliency, regardless of what adversities may come.

If you wish to discuss further regarding the elections, please feel free to sign up for a peer counselor with SEA CLEAR (Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention) by emailing seaclear@cpo.ucla.edu, located in the Student Activities Center 105, or to attend VSU General Meetings, Wednesdays 6-7pm. If you wish to become involved and to give back to your community, join our VSU programs (Black April, SEA Admit, SEATED, etc) or our outreach Higher Opportunity Program for Education(HOPE) by emailing hope@cpo.ucla.edu, located in the Student Activities Center 106D.

Please feel free to email us at vsubruins@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely yours,

Vietnamese Student Union

PDF Form: Presidential Result Address

2016-2017

Fall Quarter, Week 2 UPDATES

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VSU Takes On Pho Night to end off Welcome Week!

VSU Takes On Pho Night to end off Welcome Week!

Wow! Thank you for a huge turnout at all of our Welcome Week events. We hope that you enjoyed getting to know our board, project staff, and general members as much as we loved seeing all your faces! Sad that Welcome Week has ended? No worries fam, we gotchu because you can keep in touch with VSU with our WEEKLY GENERAL MEETINGS starting this upcoming Wednesday, October 5th!

Where: Humanities 135
When: Wednesdays, 6-8 P.M.


HOPE’s 1st General Meeting!

Enjoyed learning about HOPE at our Kickoff? Interested in helping at-risk youth get on the path to higher education? You’re in luck because HOPE will be having our VERY FIRST volunteer meeting this upcoming Monday from 6-8PM at SAC Conference Room 1&2. In this meeting, we will be giving an overview of what HOPE is and why it exists, as well as information about volunteering, how site works, and internship opportunities.

After the meeting, we will be getting KBBQ together!


Audition for VCN!

It’s officially auditions season for Vietnamese Culture Night 2017!

Celebrated as one of the most popular culture nights held on campus, our Vietnamese Culture Night draws packed audiences of over 1,800 people every year at the famed Royce Hall. Featuring traditional Vietnamese dance, modern dance, singing, and acting, our production aims to promote awareness of the Vietnamese culture and spark dialogue on important issues facing the Vietnamese community. And this year, we will be celebrating our 37th Annual production.

Bust out your dancing moves, be a stage ninja, or put on your most dramatic face — and audition!

Traditional Dance Auditions will be held THIS WEEK. Check out more information about the event HERE!

Stay tuned for Drama Auditions which will be held Week 3. Keep in touch HERE!


Join SEA CLEAR Mentorship!

With over 40,000 students, 5,000 courses, and 1,000 student groups, it is easy to feel overwhelmed at UCLA. SEA CLEAR Mentorship is a thriving Southeast Asian community where participants like you exchange knowledge to help each other succeed academically and professionally. You will also explore your ethnic identity with other Southeast Asians and see how it intersects with your academic and personal lives. Together, we will build a supportive “home-away-from-home” and reach incredible heights!

After filling out this application, SEA CLEAR will place you into a family and pair you with a mentor and/or mentee based on what you select.

DEADLINE: Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 11:59 P.M.

Apply to be a Mentor/Mentee HERE!


Check out VSU, HOPE, and SEA CLEAR Internships HERE!