VIET ART CENTER (VAC) WEEKLY ENEWS 12/19/07-1/3/08
- Holiday Greeting: A Scent of Christmas “Ave Maria”
- Around Town: Culture and Art Events
- Call for Contributions: Memories of Vietnam – 1959-1975
- Call for Contributions: Youth Video Contest – Dream of Youth
- Update: Lifestyle TV Show - Inside The Art World
- Update: Viet Art Youth Development Initiative
- Closing Annoucement: Smithsonian Exhibition – Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon
1. HOLIDAY GREETING: A SCENT OF CHRISTMAS
Dear Friends and Family,
The attached file is the famous and everlasting poem “Ave Maria” by Poet Han Mac Tu, painting illustration by Artist Pham Hoang, English translation by Michelle Phuong Thao.
We send you A Scent of Christmas and wish you A Merry Christmas. May your holiday season to be richer and more meaningful with gracious heart, noble dream, and lofty spirit!
Peace and Love,
Michelle Phuong Thao
Executive Director, VAC
This poem can also be found at TransViet Imex website: http://www.transvietimex.com/tvimex/public/magazines/TransViet_IMEX/2006_NovemberDecember/fs/pdf/52_54_AveMaria.pdf
About the artists:
Han Mac Tu: (9/22/1912-9/11/1940) was a Vietnamese poet. He was one of the pioneers of modern Vietnamese romantic poetry, established the "disorderly" (loan) and "crazy" (dien) schools of poetry. He was from a poor family, his father having died when he was young. He showed poetic talent from a young age. He died when he was only 28 years old, due to leprosy. His many romantic poems remain popular and he is regarded as an icon of romance. In his last four years of his life, Han Mac Tu turned his literary skills completely to writing Roman Catholic devotional poetry. Among his religious poetry, his most famous and beloved poetry is the sixty-two verse poem titled “Ave Maria” which has been set to music by Composer Hai Linh.
Artist Pham Hoang: Born in 1942, Ninhbinh , Vietnam . Pham Hoang graduated from the National School of Fine Arts Saigon in 1963. Once considered as the “Number One Vietnamese Oil Painter”. He won numerous awards including First Prize at UNESCO Art Exhibition in Saigon , 1965, President Arts and Literature Prizes, 1973. Some of his famous projects were: “117 Vietnamese Martyrs”, 500 sqf fresco at the Vietnamese Catholic Community Church in Orange County, California, 1996; “The Good Shepherd”, 250 sqf fresco at the Vietnamese Retreat Center in Sydney, Australia, 1999; “Welcome Christ”, 7 ft high fiberglass status in Livonia Church, Louisiana, 1999; and the famous painting “Ave Maria” which was chosen to be illustrated with the poem “Ave Maria” by Han Mac Tu in Transvietimex magazine – November/December 2006. Several years ago, artist Pham Hoang suffered a stroke and has since been less active in the art community. This exhibition will feature some of his magnificent new artworks after recovering from his stroke. Pham Hoang is residing in Southern California .
- AROUND TOWN: CULTURE AND ART EVENTS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2007
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Sponsored by St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center
St. Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center (www.anselmcenter.org) is our partner for Viet Art Afterschool Program providing transportation from schools in Orange County to VAC.
Vicki Connely, Executive Director of the Center cordinally invites you to celebrate Christmas at their Center. There will be plenty of foods, refreshments, entertainment, hundred of gifts for the children, special appearances of Senator Lou Courrea as Santa Claus and Supervisor Janet Nguyen as Elf.
Location and contact information:
13091 Galway Street
Garden Grove, CA 92844
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2008
VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN FILM SCREENING
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sponsored and organized by ArtPower! at UC San Diego in partnership with the San Diego Asian Film Foundation and the Bayside Community Center
Film Screening: TBD
Discussion to follow
Michelle Phuong Thao
Executive Director, VAC
Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock Street
San Diego , CA 92111
Brian Schaefer, ArtPower! At UC San Diego
More details coming soon
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2008
COMPAGNIE EA SOLA ( Vietnam )
Drought and Rain, Vol. 2
Organized by ArtPower! at UC San Diego
NATIONAL PARTNERS National Dance Project, WESTAF
CAMPUS PARTNERS International House, Department of Theatre and Dance, Sixth College
COMMUNITY PARTNERS transcenDANCE, SDSU School of Music and Dance, Southwestern College Performing Arts Department, VAYA, World Beat Center
ArtTalks!: Join the artists for a post-performance Q&A.
Mandeville Auditorium, UCSD
Please check out this website for ticket details and contact information: http://www.artpower.ucsd.edu/art_pwr/calendar/detail.php?id=12
About Drought and Rain, Vol. 2:
In 1991, Ea Sola created a work that reflected Vietnam ’s torn history through the voices and war-time memories of village elders in northern Vietnam . More than a decade later, she has created a vital, enthralling contemporary work grounded in traditional culture, music, and dance to understand how the next generation thinks and feels about a war that it does not know, but has only seen through saturated images on the television screen. With bodies like bullets of piercing energy, twelve young dancers from the Vietnam National Opera Ballet slip seamlessly on a stark pale stage between solitary anguish, alienated ambivalence, and reflective recognition of their connection to one another. Ea Sola’s powerful work reveals a troubled past and an uncertain present that resonate for all of us.
APRIL 19 – MAY 18, 2008
ANNUAL ORANGE COUNTY IMAGINATION CELEBRATION
2008 THEME: IMAGINATION POWERS THE PLANET
Sponsored by Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education
Main Street Renaissance Arts Festival, Youth Video Contest, Youth Art Video Contest, Youth Art Exhibition, and more details coming soon
- CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: MEMORIES OF VIETNAM – 1959-1975
A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION
Viet Art Center proudly announces a photographic competition exclusively for Vietnam Veterans to benefit the Vietnamese-American Youth-At-Risk Program
Call To Vietnam Veterans: Year 2009 will mark the 50th anniversary to the U.S. involvement in Vietnam (1959-2009). What should we tell our children about Vietnam after this half-century period? This extraordinary exhibition of your lifetime memories will prove that “those Americans who went to Vietnam fought for freedom, a truly noble cause. It is a cause that continues. You and your comrades-in-arms who faced danger and death in Vietnam fought as well as any Americans have fought in our nation’s history.” (Ronald Reagan, Fortieth President of the United States 1981-1989). Please forward this program to your comrades and Viet Art Center looks forward to present to the American public your most precious memories from Vietnam .
Michelle Phuong Thao
Executive Director, VAC
Vietnam Veteran & Photographer
Contact Information: Email - email@example.com
Jurors & Curators:
Jeff Brody – Professor, Communication, Journalism, California State University at Fullerton, CA; Richard Turner –Professor, Studio Art, Art History & Co-Director, Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange CA;
Nick Ut – Photojournalist, The Associated Press, Los Angeles
Extended Deadline: February 15, 2008
Exhibit Selection & Contest Winner Announcement Date: March 14, 2008
Show Grand Opening and Award: May 3, 2008 – July 12, 2008
For detail information about this special competition and exhibition, check
out our website at http://www.vietartcenter.org
- UPDATE: LIFESTYLE TV SHOW:
INSIDE THE ART WORLD WITH MICHELLE PHUONG THAO
Co-producing by Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN) and VAC
SBTN and are preparing a 30-minute lifestyle series, named “Inside the Art World” set to debut in early 2008. The bilingual show (Vietnamese and English subtitle or vice versa), hosted by Michelle Phuong Thao will be presents creative and inspiring projects and in-depth interviews with special expert guests about arts, travel, fashion, beauty, culinary art, music, cultures and other lifestyle topics. Our show’s mission is to promote art inspiration and to encourage creativity to the audience as well as to bring cross-cultural appreciation and understanding to each other. Stay tune for more details and meet our distinguished guests including:
1. Singapore Musician Chung Shih Hoh, Ph. D. – supported by the Music Department, University of Redlands, Redlands, California and 2ndCityCouncil Gallery, Long Beach, California
2. Vietnamese-French Contemporary Dancer Ea Sola - supported by ArtPower! at UC
3. Vietnamese-American Fashion Designer Chan Luu
4. Vietnamese-American Shoe Designer
Tyryn Rose, MD
5. Vietnamese-American Executive Sous Chef Dee Nguyen
and more to come ...
SBTN is the first and the largest Vietnamese-American national cable network (broadcast 24/24 on Direct TV) in
America with more than 250,000 subscribed viewers nationwide. SBTN is designed to keep Vietnamese Americans connected with their culture and identity. SBTN attracts audiences of all generations with a combination of news, talk shows, dramas, children's programming, entertainment, variety, movies, culture, and history. For sponsorship or information about our upcoming show “Inside The Art World”, please contact SBTN (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
- CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: DREAM OF YOUTH
A YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST:
DREAMS OF YOUTH - THEME: LITTE SAIGON
Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group and VAC
EXTENDED DEADINE: MARCH 30, 2008
Deadline Extended: Due to many requests from the middle and high school students, we postpone the deadline for this competition until March 30, 2008. The award ceremony will take place together with the Main Street Renaissance Arts Festival as part of the Annual Orange County Imagination Celebration.
One-minute video contest how young Vietnamese-American can and are taking action to make the world and their communities a better place.
How is the American Dream present in Little Saigon ?
How do you dream of improving Little Saigon ?
How are young Americans turning dreams into action to improve Little Saigon ?
Age Limit: middle and high school students
Prizes: 1st place: $500; 2nd place: $250; 3rd place: $100
Huy Tra, age 17, Grade 11 – Huy Tra wishes to win this contest to help “kick start” his filming career by paying for his new camcorder.
Check out his entry: http://wb-gaming.tyl.cc/vietproj.wmv
For detail information about this contest, check out our website at http://www.vietartcenter.net/vietart/videocontest/DreamOfYouth_Info_071014.pdf
- UPDATE: VIET ART YOUTH DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (VAYDI)
Many thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Garden Grove United Methodist Church (GGUMC), VAYDI projects (including the Viet Art After School Program, Viet Art Saturday Psat Academy , Viet Art Soccer Program, Viet Art Children Music Program, Viet Art Youth-At-Risk program) will be held at the school site of this church.
Besides our regular activities and programs for the youth, the new school site will provide great outdoor activities including basketball, soccer, and scout activities.
12741 Main Street Garden Grove , CA 92840
Spring Program Starting Dates:
Viet Art After School: January 7, 2008
Viet Art PSAT Saturday Academy: January 19, 2008
Viet Art Soccer Program: January 19, 2009
Viet Art Youth-At-Risk Program: January 19, 2008
VIET ART PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Drum: Jimmy Tran; Voice & Piano: Pham Tan Trieu; Guitar: David Tran; Violin: Luan Vu; Art: Jenny Tran; Creative Writing: Michelle Phuong Thao; Math: Thu Mai; Tae Kwon Do: Master Dae Goo Kwon and American Tigers Professional School ; Music Group: Nhom The Friends
VIET ART SOCCER TEAM
Program Director: Mai Vu
Program Advisor: Nguy Vu
Coach names and more details about Viet Art Soccer Program coming soon.
VIET ART AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Sponsored by Garden Grove United Methodist Church (GGUMC)
Co-organized by VAC, St. Anselm Cross-Cultural Community Center, and American Tigers Tae Kwon Do Professional School
Spring session starting January 7, 2008
Transportation to GGUMC: St. Anselm Cross-Cultural Community Center
Program Feature: Transportation to VAC; Homework Club; Tae Kwon Do; Creative Writing; Group Voice; Leadership Development; Art; Chess & Checkers Club; Soccer; Basketball; Scout; and Private Music Lessons
VIET ART SATURDAY PSAT ACADEMY
Saturday: Grade 3-8 10:00AM-12:00PM
Every Saturday – session starting January 19, 2008
Program Feature: PSAT Creative Writing and Critical Thinking; PSAT Math Reasonings; Group Keyboard; Group Voice
VIET ART YOUTH AT-RISK PROGRAM
VAC is committed to help the Vietnamese-American at-risk children to succeed. This vision has driven us to develop innovative alternatives to help youth lead successful, productive lives. Our vision translates into action through the Vietnamese-American Youth At-Risk Program. We are committed to keeping at-risk Vietnamese-American children out of trouble by offering help, hope, and encouragement, getting them back on track, creating therapeutic residential settings where kids can heal and learn, supporting and guiding them in the right direction, and preparing foster youth for independent living as adults.
- CLOSING ANNOUCEMENT:
SMITHSONIAN EXHIBITION – EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITTLE SAIGON
This exhibition will be closed as of this Friday, December 21, 2007
Co-sponsored and organized by the Smithsonian Institution, California State University – Fullerton (CSUF), Farmers Insurance Group, and VAC
Below is a comprehensive summary of our cultural, art, and educational activities held at vac during the september 27 through december 21 to enhance the Smithsonian exhibition about the Vietnamese-American experience.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION – 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)
OC Register (English)
Nguoi Viet Online (Vietnamese)
http://www.nguoi-viet.com/absolutenm/anmviewer.asp?a=67026&z=3 (Nguoi Viet Online - Vietnamese)
The Smithsonian Institution– Vietnamese American Heritage Project (English)
CNN Coverage with Betty Nguyen at http://www.vietam.org/
About Betty Nguyen:
The Daily Titan
Inside Viet Art – September 2007 (Vietnamese/English)
CULTURAL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS AT VAC:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2007
PANEL OF VIETNAMESE-AMERICA BOOK AUTHORS
Sponsored by California State Fullerton (CSUF)
Hosted by Isabelle Pelaud of San Francisco State University (SFSU)
Presenting the following speakers: Aimee Phan, Lan Tran, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Quang Pham
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2007
A SCENT OF POETRY :
THE WORD “HEART” IN THE TALE OF KIEU BY GREAT POET NGUYEN DU
Sponsored by Vietnam Vision Organization (www.vietnamvision.org)
Speaker: Professor/Writer Quyen Di – Professor/Writer (UCLA/CSULB)
English Translation: Michelle Phuong Thao (Editor-in-Chief, Inside Viet Art)
Singer: Mehlert Thu Ha Nguyen MD
Pianist: Phuong Lan
Guitarist: Truong Dang Khoa
Stage Design and Original Art Illustration: Nguyen Thi Hop & Nguyen Dong
A Special Calligraphy Collection of Kieu Verses: Dang Hoc
Nguoi Viet Online (Vietnamese)
Giao Su Quyen Di voi Chu Tam Trong Truyen Kieu
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2007
PANEL OF VIETNAMESE AMERICAN FILMMAKERS
“Inside Vietnamese American Filmmaking”
Sponsored by California State Fullerton (CSUF) and Farmers Insurance Group
Presenting the following guest panelists (in alphabetical order): Tony Bui, Jenni Trang Le, Le-Van Kiet, Charlie Nguyen, Ham Tran, Victor Vu
Entertainment by pianists Joseph Phuong Trieu and Lily Truc Nhi from Phuong Lan Studio
Hosted by Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
Moderated by Mariam Lam, Ph.D. and Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D.
Nguoi Viet Online (Vietnamese)
Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
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”
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
A SCENT OF CHRISTMAS: AVE MARIA
Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group
Speaker: Professor/Writer Quyen Di – Professor/Writer (UCLA/CSULB)
English Translation & Slideshow Presentation: Que Nghi
Stage Art: Original Painting Collection: Ave Maria by ‘father and son” artists: Pham Hoang and Pham Trung
COLLECTIONS EXHIBITING WITH “EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITTLE SAIGON ”
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.
VAC EXHIBITION – “ALONG THE EPICAL HISTORY OF VIETNAM ”
This collection includes 15 original paintings of the Vietnamese greatest heroes. The artworks were done by 15 Vietnamese contemporary artists (living in Vietnam and US) and based on the epic “Along The Epical History of Vietnam” written by Professor/Writer Quyen Di, http://www.transvietimex.com/tvimex/public/magazines/TransViet_IMEX/2006_January/fs/pdf/23_41_Along_The_Epical_History_Of_Vietnam.pdf.
This collection articulates the unconquerable pride of the Vietnamese ancestors and people, spreading through nearly 5000 years of history.
VAC EXHIBITION – “NOSTAGIA”
This exhibition features 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
VAC EXHIBITION – “THE TALE OF KIEU”
This exhibition, based on the Tale of Kieu by Great Poet Nguyen Du, features 15 original paintings by husband-and-wife artists Nguyen Dong and Nguyen Thi Hop.
VAC EXHIBITION – “AVE MARIA”
This exhibition, by ‘father-and-son” artists: Pham Hoang and Pham Trung, features 10 original paintings with A Scent of Christmas theme.
WRITINGS ABOUT “EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITTLE SAIGON ”
INSIDE VIET ART – ISSUE NOVEMBER 2007
Many high school and college students have visited VAC to view the Smithsonian Exhibition: “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” and asked for more information about this historic topic (for their school projects). We hope that the following two articles will provide our young students some insights about the “Exit Saigon” exodus of the Vietnamese refugees. Please feel free to contact us for any comments regarding these writings.
Vietnam Life Under Subsidy Period 1975-1986 – A Time to Forget, A Life to Remember by Michelle Phuong Thao (English/Vietnamese)
In the words of the Communist Manifesto, in the face of capitalism, “all that is solid melts into air”…In this sense, the Museum of Ethnology ’s approach is indeed fitting: The command economy really was like an ethnic minority culture-peculiar, fragile, alien, and ultimately doomed to extinction.
All That Is Solid – The Boston Globe – by Matt Steinglass, September 10, 2006
USS MIDWAY – My Old Friend by Khanh Van Nguyen (English/Vietnamese)
Finally, I returned to my dear old friend - The USS Midway Aircraft Carrier! Its defiant grandeur was waiting for me as if it wanted to bring my memory back to thirty years ago, on a journey full of tears, separation, hardship, and quite interesting. The USS Midway is like a retired general, whose life was decorated with glorious medals and wartime achievements.
To read the full articles, download Inside Viet Art – November 2007 from this link:
To our co-organizers, event and media sponsors: Thank you all for your generous supports to make happening for all these wonderful works!
NEXT DESTINATION: VAC WILL ANNOUNCE THE NEXT DESTINATION OF THE EXHIBITION “EXIT SAIGON, ENTER LITLE SAIGON ” AS SOON AS AVAILABLE.
INSIDE VIET ART – DECEMBER 2007
Upcoming featuring articles:
The Word “Heart” in the Tale of Kieu by Quyen Di, translation by Que Nghi
About the Poem: Ave Maria of Han Mac Tu, by Quyen Di, translation by Que Nghi
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