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Center of Vietnamese Arts and Culture in Garden Grove, CA, USA

13091 Galway Street, Garden Grove, CA 92844
714-658-6650 • Email: vietartcenter@aol.com
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

 

 

VIET ART CENTER FOUNDATION

 

12965 Historic Main Street , Garden Grove , CA 92840 Telephone: 714-534-0398

www.vietartcenter.org – Email: vietartcenter@aol.com

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2007

The following exhibitions are ready for general public viewing starting Saturday, September 29 through December 2.

 Monday – Friday 10am-7pm/Saturday 10am-3pm/Closed Sunday

Co-sponsored and organized by the Smithsonian Institution, California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), Farmers Insurance Group, and Viet Art Center Foundation

 

SMITHSONIAN EXHIBIT - “EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITTLE SAIGON ”

 

“Divided into six sections showcasing challenges, contributions and change, the exhibit explores civic and political issues as well as the intergenerational tensions families experience as they negotiate new lives in a new country. In 90 panels of text and photographs, supplemented by accompanying videos, “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” documents both Vietnamese Americans’ success in assimilating the American experience and the considerable lengths to which they have gone to maintain their linguistic, cultural and religious traditions.”  (Quote provided from CSUF)

Read full press release at http://campusapps.fullerton.edu/news/2007/37_smithsonian.html

 

CSUF EXHIBITION – “THE PEOPLE OF LITTLE SAIGON ”

The people of Little Saigon figure prominently in a secondary exhibition of 40 photos about the lives and culture of Vietnamese living in Southern California . These images, gathered by communications professors Jeff Brody and David DeVries of CSUF, were chosen from 8000 images taken by students from CSUF, UCI, Rancho Santiago Community College , different high schools, members of the community.

 

VIET ART CENTER EXHIBITION – “NOSTAGIA”

This exhibition presents by Photographer Cung Duc Nguyen featuring 10 artistic photos of the olden memories from the homeland. Poetic writings for the photos present by Professor Quyen Di (Vietnamese) and translation by Que Nghi

 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2007

“EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITTLE SAIGON ” – SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION

GRAND OPENING RECEPTION

GENERAL PUBLIC INVITATION - 8PM-9PM

Sponsored by California State Fullerton (CSUF) and Farmers Insurance Group

·       Milton Gordon – President of California State Fullerton (CSUF)

·       Franklin Odo – Director of Smithsonian Asia Pacific Program (Washington-DC)

·       Anh Cao - 2005 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) of Farmers Insurance Group

·       Kim Van and Hung Nguyen – Founders of Vietnam Vision

- and many other distinguished scholars and guests.

 

THE FOLLOWING CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT VIET ART CENTER TO ENHANCE THE SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION ABOUT THE VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

 

YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST: VOICE OF VIET YOUTH  

Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group

One-minute video contest how young Vietnamese-American can and are taking action to make the world -- and their own communities -- a better place.

-     Age Limit: middle and high school students

-        Prizes: 1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250; 3rd place: $100

More details about judge and entry deadlines coming soon

 

POSTPONE – “A JAZZY NIGHT” -  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

In order to prepare for our October 9 reception, we postpone “A JAZZY NIGHT” and the Modern Viet Trio will play “jazz” at our Xmas Celebration in December.

 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 2PM-330PM

PANEL OF VIETNAMESE-AMERICA BOOK AUTHORS

Sponsored by California State Fullerton (CSUF)

Hosted by sabel Pelaud of San Francisco State University (SFSU)

Presenting the following speakers: Aimee Phan, Lan Tran, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Quang Pham

 

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud

 

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud is assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University . Pelaud is specialized in Vietnamese American literature and is co-director of the Vietnamese American Studies Center at SFSU. Her essays and short stories have been published in Making More Waves (1997), Tilting the Continent (2000), Vietnam Dialogue Inside/Out (2001). Her academic work can be found in Mixed Race Literature (2002), The New Face of Asian Pacific America (2003) and Amerasia Journal (2003).

 

Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan was born and raised in Orange County , California . She received her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she won a Maytag Fellowship. Her first book, WE SHOULD NEVER MEET, was named a Notable Book by the Kiryama Prize in fiction and a finalist for the 2005 Asian American Literary Awards. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, USA Today and The Oregonian. She is currently an Assistant Professor in English at Washington State University .

Lan Tran

Award-winning writer/performer Lan Tran has been featured on NPR and presented at numerous off-Broadway theaters, New York City Hall , the Walt Disney Concert Hall's REDCAT Theater, the Ford Theatre, and universities across the country. Lan's first solo show, 'How to Unravel Your Family," played to a sold-out audience in the Lincoln Center Theater-sponsored American Living Room Festival. She has published fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in literary journals and, most recently, "Lone Stars," a tale about her Vietnamese-Texan upbringing in Waking Up American (Seal Press, 2005) and Falling Backwards: Stories of Fathers and Daughters (Hourglass Books, 2004). She is a 2005 recipient of the PEN/Rosenthal Fellowship, was a finalist for the Heideman award, a recipient of the York Prize as well as residency fellowships from Hedgebrook, the Ragdale Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Nguyen was born in Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam , and grew up in San Jose , California . After doing his undergraduate education in English and Ethnic Studies at Berkeley and later received a doctorate in English (also at Berkely). He started teaching at the University of Southern California in the Department of English and the Program in American Studies and Ethnicity in 1997. His articles and reviews have been published in American Quarterly, American Literary History, Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, Western American Literature, Hitting Critical Mass, positions: east asia cultures critique, Jouvert, the Resource Guide to Asian American Literature, and A. Magazine.

Quang Pham

Quang X. Pham is an entrepreneur and author of the acclaimed memoir, A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey. At the age of 10, he fled the war in Vietnam  and resettled in California . He later served as a U.S. Marine pilot in the 1991 Gulf War then started his own company. Quang has given many speeches and has appeared on national radio and television. His writings have been published in numerous newspapers.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

10:30am-1:30pm

A SCENT OF POETRY – THE WORD “HEART” IN THE TALE OF KIEU BY GREAT POET NGUYEN DU - (HUONG VAN – CHU “TAM” TRONG TRUYEN KIEU CUA DAI THI HAO NGUYEN DU)

Sponsored by Vietnam Vision Organization (www.vietnamvision.org)

 

Speaker: Professor/Writer Quyen Di – Professor/Writer (UCLA/CSULB)

English Translation: Michelle Phuong Thao (Executive Director – Viet Art Center )

Singer: Mehlert Thu Ha Nguyen MD

Pianist: Phuong Lan

Stage Design and Original Art Illustration: Nguyen Thi Hop & Nguyen Dong

A Special Calligraphy Collection of Kieu Verses: Dang Hoc

FREE ADMISSION

 

Quyendi: Ex-Editor-in-Chief of Tuoi Hoa and Ngan Thong magazines; Ex-Principal of Nguyen Ba Tong High School; he is famous for his writings about the youth and for the youth; currently teaching Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA and CSULB.

 

Mehlert Thu Ha Nguyen MD: graduated from Loma Linda Medical School and has been in medical practice since 1980; at age 18, won first prize in a voice competition held by Radio France Asie in Saigon; during the 60s and 70s, she was a popular vocalist on Radio Saigon, the Vietnamese Armed Forces Radio, the Voice of Freedom, and Vietnam Television.

 

Artist Nguyen Thi Hop: Graduated from Saigon National Fine Arts School in 1964. As a member of the “Vietnamese Youth Artists Association”, she has regular exhibitions in Saigon, Paris ( France ), Taipei ( Taiwan ), many cities in Germany and US. She is also a prolific illustrator for numerous books published in Vietnam , Japan , Germany , Switzerland , Canada , the United Kingdom , and US. Currently, she works for Nguoi Viet Daily News.

 

Artist Nguyen Dong: Graduated from Dalat University in 1964 and a member of the “Vietnamese Youth Artists Association”. He wrote art reviews and critics for several newspapers and magazines in Saigon . He has regular exhibitions in Saigon, Paris ( France ), Taipei ( Taiwan ), many cities in Germany and US. Currently, she works for Nguoi Viet Daily News.

 

Calligrapher Dang Hoc: living in Saigon , Vietnam and one of the youngest Vietnamese calligraphers. You will love his artistic and beautiful works on the verses of Kieu.

 

Pianist Phuong Lan:  teaching piano at Youth Palace , Music Learning Center in Santa Ana , and Phuong Lan Music Class since 1994. She is a member of California Association of Professional Music Teacher since 1999. She is pianist at Saint Columban Church Choir in Garden Grove .

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

7:00PM-9:00PM

AN EVENING OF MUSICAL VOYAGE – DEM DU CA VAO DOI

sponsored by QMS Media Group

Hosted by Songwriter/Singer Nguyen Duc Quang and the other singers of “DuCaVietNam”

Songwriter/Singer Nguyen Duc Quang: Grown up in Dalat; wrote many songs for Scouts since 1964; established the popular movement of “Du Ca Viet Nam ” since 1966 that spread throughout the South Vietnam .  Come join Nguyen Duc Quang for a night of memories, laughters, and ...maybe tears.

FREE ADMISSION

 

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2007

11pm-3pm

VIET ART XMAS CELEBRATION 

Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group and Viet Art Center Foundation

Come celebrate Christmas on Historic Main Street

Singing, dancing, children art contest, annoucing the winners of “Voice of Viet Youth”

More details coming soon

FREE ADMISSION

 

DATE ANNOUNCING SOON

A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH THE VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN FILM MAKERS

Sponsored by California State Fullerton (CSUF)

Hosted by Ysa Le of Vietnamese of Vietnamese Arts and Letters Association (VAALA)

More details coming soon

FREE ADMISSION

 

VIET ART CENTER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

 

VIET ART AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

 

VIETNAM VISION GRANT TO VIET ART AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Viet Art Center Foundation is grateful to receive a $20,000 grant from Vietnam Vision Organization, www.vietnamvision.org, to provide 25 scholarships for 25 Vietnamese students, grade 1-8, low-income families to attend Viet Art After School Program.

 

VIET YOUTH ENGLISH AND ART STUDY TOUR

 

Would you like to send your child to learn English and Art in Southern California with a safe, caring, and cultural environment?  - Contact vietartcenter@aol.com for further details about this program.

 

VIET YOUTH SUMMER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Highschool students from US to have an opportunity to study summer program for a period of eight-week and receive college credit.

Details coming soon

 

INSIDE VIET ART

 September 2007 Issue: will be published and distributed on Tuesday, October 9 at the opening reception of the Smithsonian Exhibition: Exit Saigon, Entering Little Saigon. Featuring articles:

·        “ Vietnam Life Under Subsidy Period 1975-1986 – A Time to Forget, A Life to Remember” by Michelle Phuong Thao

·        “USS MIDWAY – My Old Friend” by KV Nguyen

 

 

VIET ART CENTER FOUNDATION

          A 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt nonprofit foundation to promote and to advance Viet Art & Culture

 

Thank you for your sponsorship of Viet Art Center Foundation & Nhom The Friends:

 

Vien Dong Daily Newspaper, Viet Weekly magazine, Viet Tide magazine, Radio VNCR, Saigon TV, The Korea Times Los Angeles, Nguoi Viet – 2 weekly, Nguoi Viet Daily newspaper, Saigon Radio Hai Ngoai, SBTN (Saigon Broadcasting Television Network), VHN TV (Vietnam Hai Ngoai), Little Saigon Radio, Quincy Discount Printing, Bolsa Tickets, Coffee Factory, Uy Vu Entertainment, Perfume Company, Apex Decor, Coffee Factory, Pho Kimmy, Tan Hong Mai Restaurant, BP Travel, Phuong Lan Music Studio, Saint Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center, Rev. Minh Hanh & Rev. Quang Minh, Irvine Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, California State University – Fullerton, Pepsi, Diedrich Coffee, Long’s Orchid, Farmers Insurance Group, Vietnam Vision Organization     

 

 

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