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Photo Credits: Tuan Anh Nguyen
On Sunday October 23rd, Quan, Alex, Jullianne, and I volunteered in San Jose for the MAYS (Mid-Autumn Youth Summit) workshop, held by the Vietnamese-American Youth Association. This workshop was hosted for high school students, mainly those in their local high school Vietnamese Student Associations who were rising leaders. To start off the day after introducing ourselves, we asked the students to introduce themselves and their schools so we could learn more about them. Then, Quan and I led an icebreaker to encourage active listening; as active listening is an integral part of communicating effectively as a leader. For this icebreaker, the students had to pair off and share either their happiest moment or something they looked forward to. After both students had the chance to share their stories, they were asked to repeat the other student’s story back to them to gauge how well each person had listened.
After the icebreaker, we split into smaller groups and the four of us facilitated a teambuilding activity. The idea for this activity came from the same activity we had done during our court retreat, so Alex and Jullianne chose to have the high school students do it since it had been fun and educational for us. For the activity, one of the students in the group had to instruct the other group members (who were blindfolded and instructed not to speak) how to construct Lego pieces into a certain formation. The students did an excellent job and once we debriefed, we discussed the importance of communication, listening, teamwork, and the importance of modeling these skills as leaders in their schools. Overall, we had a great time working with these students and getting to know the future leaders of our Vietnamese community here in the Bay Area.
If you are interested in participating in MAYS next year, you can read all about the summit at: https://www.facebook.com/VietAYA/
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
On February 28, 2015, the 2015 MVNCI court made our way to the highly anticipated celebration hosted in San Jose, CA — the Tet Festival! As we stepped onto the grounds of History/Kelley Park, the Tet atmosphere came alive with lunar decorations, individuals dressed in cultural-wear, and music.
We first setup our booth where we planned to hand out red envelopes filled with chocolate coins, toy cars, and tiaras to the children that stopped by, as we waited for the opening ceremony to begin. Cathy and Mandy were asked to be the MC’s for the opening ceremony, and the collaboration of the two could not have made a better team for such a job!
Cathy and Mandy took away the stage with opening ceremony, and Cindy and I joined later them onstage in the “Chuc Tet” part of the program. Along with the Miss and Mrs Vietnam USA and Hoa Hau Ao Dai Bac Cali court members, we each sent a New Year wish to the community in attendance at the event.
Throughout the festival, we had many inspiring visitors stop by our booth. Along with passing out red envelopes, we crowned little girls with tiaras and gave out toy cars to little boys.
After the court and I cleaned up our booth for the day, I had the honor of being one of the judges for the Ao Dai Contest. It was a great experience to watch each of the contestants showcase the beauty and elegance of their ao dai, as well as listen to their eloquent answers to the questions asked by the MC’s.
On behalf of the court, we would like to congratulate the Vietnamese-American Tet Festival Committee on a successful event! We thank you for your time and dedication to making this event possible for our community. For more information about the event, please visit: http://tetsanjose.org/