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November Community Service – UVSA 10th Annual Summit

Written by: Quan Huynh, MVNCI 2016 Queen

On Saturday November 19, Alex, Jullianne, and I hosted the “Boba & Chill” funshop for the 10th Annual Summit – Foundations: Identity to Action held by United Vietnamese Student Association of Northern California. This funshop was hosted for students currently enrolled in Northern California institutions, mainly members of the Vietnamese Student Associations.
We arrived at the University of the Pacific at 2:00PM. To start off our funshop, our 2016 Miss Social Jullianne, shared her networking tips that she learned from the pageant process with the funshop participants. Jullianne went above and beyond and even shared her personal Networking To-do’s checklist. Then, I led an icebreaker to encourage teamwork; as teamwork is extremely essential in order to accomplish the output quality.
After the icebreaker, our own MVNCI boba expert, Alex, was finally ready to teach participants how to make their own boba! Due to time constraints, Alex had already pre-cooked the pearls before leaving for Summit. However, Alex had prepared a detailed, well-written Powerpoint to show participants how to make the delicious boba milk tea step-by-step!
As Alex was wrapping up her Powerpoint, Jullianne and I began serving cups of milk tea of each of the students. We also brought grass jelly and rainbow jello as additional toppings–these all disappeared as quickly as the boba! This was also Jullianne and I’s first time tasting Alex’s boba tea and we have to say, it was delicious! Overall, we had a great time attending the 10th Annual Summit as funshop leaders with these students who are current leaders in their respective school’s Vietnamese Student Association in the Bay Area.
If you are interested in getting involved with UVSA or would like to attend Summit next year, please visit: http://norcaluvsa.org/

FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/norcaluvsa

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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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Pageant Experience: Quan Huynh- MVNCI Queen


Growing up in a family that works to put food on the table, I sometimes did not allow myself to understand things that my family considered to be extravagant. Beauty pageants were among those. I always had the impression that pageants were a way for people to show off beauty and their superficial appearance. However, recently, I was encouraged to participate in an academic-focused pageant, the Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate Pageant. Through MVNCI, I have learned many valuable lessons about myself, my community, and my perspectives.

When I was first asked to participate in the 2016 MVNCI Pageant by my friend, I was hesitant given my lack of understanding and confidence in myself, and I honestly just expected spending hours doing makeup. Little did I know that I would be selected as the 2016 Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate. Through participating in MVNCI, I was able to gain immense self-confidence, communication and leadership skills, and a strong support system consisting of the girls who were supposed to be my competitors. Over a span of three months, I made many unforgettable bonds with my pageant sisters, from providing constructive criticism during our weekly practices to sharing the last piece of spring roll. I eventually forgot about my old perception of pageants and focused on developing myself and connecting with my community.

My MVNCI Pageant experience certainly changed the way I have always perceived pageants, and in a way, it taught me many more things about my own perspectives. Ironically, I broke the status quo that I had set for myself. I am thankful for the endless opportunities to give back to my loving and supporting community, and for the opportunity to better my own personal development as well. To me, pageants are no longer something extravagant or superficial, but are a way for me to share my culture to others and build a strong connection with my community. More importantly, I learned to keep an open mind about life and be ready to challenge myself more frequently in the future.

As the new MVNCI Queen, I hope to inspire and encourage other young Asian American women to reconnect with their roots and preserve their cultural heritage.

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