A Union of Golden Hearts

Written by: Quan Huynh, MVNCI 2016 Queen

Photo Credits: Triphoto Tran


On Sunday, September 18th, the 2016 MVNCI Court had the honor of attending and participating at Golden Hearts’ annual fundraising dinner at Dynasty Restaurant in San Jose. Golden Hearts is a non-profit organization co-founded by Jessica Tran and Kieuxuan Nguyen. The organization puts in countless hours and effort to raise money for the school-aged children in Vietnam. They believe that every child should have a chance at a quality education. Every summer, Golden Hearts travels to Vietnam to donate and assist people in need. MVNCI has been a proud supporter of Jessica and her team for many years.

This year, on top of attending the event, the 2016 MVNCI Court also participated in the fashion shows! Court members had a chance to walk in beautiful spring dresses sponsored by Vindyco by Cindy Vo and showcase our own áo dài (Vietnamese traditional dress). We were all very grateful for the opportunity to showcase beautiful outfits while supporting a wonderful cause.
On behalf of MVNCI, we would like to congratulate Jessica Tran and her team for another successful fundraising event! If you are interested in donating towards this cause, please visit http://aunionofgoldenhearts.org/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/aunionofgoldenhearts/

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Miss Asian Global 2016 Pageant


Written by: Y Phun, 2nd Princess 2016

Photo Credits: David Yu Photography and Miss/Mrs. Vietnam USA Pageant


On August 20th, 2016; the MVNCI 2016 court attended the 2016 Miss Asian Global (MAG) Pageant at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. My court and I had the opportunity to watch the MAG pageant for the first time. When we arrived at the theater our escort, Cong, showed us where to check in and get our ticket. We talked to the programming staff and they told us the tasks we needed to do. We helped the programming committee by handing out program booklets and by asking for donations for the Jade Ribbon Campaign—which raised awareness for hepatitis B and liver cancer within the Asian-American community. It was nice greeting and mingling with people as they were coming in. It was also nice being reunited with our friends from different pageants again as we all supported the MAG delegates together.

Around 7PM, we were seated at the VIP balcony along with the other pageants’ courts. The show started with the beautiful traditional costumes from different cultures. It was beautiful to see the handmade costumes and the unique outfits that each delegate wore. Their self-introductions, fitness and swimsuit, talent, and evening gown portions followed the traditional costumes. The whole show was filled with colors and inspiring words from different viewpoints. The women that presented themselves on stage were beautiful, smart, independent, strong, and passionate about their platform. It was also my first time experiencing the other side of pageantry from the audience’s view. I could feel the nervousness and excitement from the girls because I was in their shoes 5 months ago. The feeling of being on stage and talking in front of a few hundred people was rushing through me again.  The Miss Asian Global pageant was a wonderful production–but the whole show went by so quickly!

I would like to congratulate the new Miss Asian Global 2016 Royal Court. On behalf of MVNCI, I would like to thank the Miss Asian Global organization for inviting us to their pageant.

For more information about the Miss Asian Global Pageant and their new royal court, please visit: http://missasianglobal.com

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August Community Service – Veggielution

Written by: Savannah Pham, 1st Princess 2016

On Saturday, August 6th, Quan, Alex, and I had the pleasure of volunteering our time at Veggielution, located in San Jose. Veggielution is a six-acre community farm that provides a unique opportunity for volunteers like ourselves to learn about growing food. As a community farm, the organization distributes its crops at low costs or free to the community. Veggielution is very conscious about its impact on the community and distributes its crops through a myriad of ways such as their Farm Stand, volunteer give-aways, and soup kitchen donations.

That morning Quan, Alex, and I started off with a new volunteer orientation where one of the interns showed us Veggielution (which includes a kitchen where they hosted cooking lessons, a youth garden, a hen house, and an orchard). The three of us were then assigned to work at the fruit orchard with other volunteers. They were in the process of re-mulching the trees, so we had the opportunity to learn about proper nutrition for soil in order to get the best results. This process of mulching includes cutting up donated cardboard and placing them around the bases of the trees at a certain distance. Then, we shoveled piles of woodchips and raked them on top of the cardboard. Volunteering with Veggielution was a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about how our food is grown while giving back to the community.

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July Community Service – Vietnamese Concert & Community Health Fair

Photo credits: James Vu and Charlie Duong

Written by: Jullianne Pham, Miss Social 2016

On Saturday July 23, 2016; Jullianne, Alex, Quan, Y, and Savannah volunteered at the Vietnamese Concert and Community Health Fair that was hosted by Stanford University’s Asian Liver Center (ALC) at Milpitas High School. The event was hosted and led by the ALC to bring awareness about the prevalent issue of hepatitis B to the Vietnamese-American community by bringing in famous Vietnamese singer Thanh Lan and the Congressman Mike Honda office.

Jullianne arrived at Milpitas High School at 9AM to help set up the venue. Game booths, signs, the welcome banner, and outside decor were set up along the entrance to the community fair. Streamers, balloons, the photobooth backdrop, the stage backdrop, and the Asian Liver Center table was set up inside the gym in preparation for the Vietnamese concert. After set up was finished, all of the volunteers were given catered lunch by Blooms Catering. Alex, Y, Quan, and Savannah arrived just in time to eat!

Once the program started Alex, Y, Quan, and Savannah were assigned to their booths. Alex and Y helped with the face painting booth with the ALC Lead Intern, Quan and Savannah helped with the bean bag toss booth with another ALC Lead Intern, and Jullianne helped facilitate the event and the Asian Liver Center table with the other ALC Interns. The Royal Court also had a chance to decorate their own Jade Ribbon cut-out to paste onto the Pledge Mural–a mural where individuals could pledge to #JOINJADE and help raise awareness about hepatitis B in the Asian American community. In addition to the general public participating in the booths that the ladies volunteered at, they also handed out raffle tickets to families. The raffle tickets were used in the drawing of Asian Liver Center swag bags and gift cards to Palo Alto Hair Salon International. As the event started to end around 5PM, the ladies helped clean up the venue by taking down the game booths, tables, outside decor, welcome banner, and signs.

Participating at the Asian Liver Center’s Vietnamese Concert & Community Health Fair educated the Royal Court about the unspoken issues of hepatitis B in the Vietnamese community. If you would like to learn more about Stanford’s Asian Liver Center’s #JOINJADE campaign, please visit: liver.stanford.edu/

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June Community Service – Rei Pham: CPR/AED Course


Written by: Rei Pham, Miss Photogenic & Miss Ao Dai 2016

On the morning of June 23, 2016, I assisted in teaching the CPR/AED and First Aid course for the international camp counselors at YMCA San Diego County’s Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch in Julian, San Diego.

I used the instructional DVD provided by the American Safety and Health Institute to show class the correct way to approach emergency situations such as choking, stroke, heart attack, diabetes, wounds, and allergies for adults, children, and infants. After watching the video, I demonstrated the proper way to do CPR on a mannequin. All of the students had their own mannequin to practice on as well. Then, I used the tips and tricks I learned from the Sacramento Safety Training seminars to assist the training. For example, instead of using the back of a chair to push the food up while choking, a person could use the leg of a chair since it has a point which will help push the food up effectively.

The class ended with a test for both CPR/AED training as well as First Aid training. The test featured 20 multiple choice questions and all of the students passed, which means they are First Aid and CPR/AED certified and are ready to work as camp counselors for the summer.

Teaching a class was something that I had never done before. However, after assisting in the training, I now feel more comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. YMCA San Diego County’s Camp Marston and Raintree Ranch is an overnight summer camp that focuses on outdoor education and horseback riding. They serve children from ages 7 and from all different backgrounds. For more information, please visit Raintree Ranch: http://www.ymca.org/camp/raintree-ranch.html and Camp Marston:http://www.ymca.org/camp/camp-marston.html

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