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

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VIET ART CENTER (VAC) WEEKLY ENEWS 2/4/2008-2/11/2008

 

SUMMARY

 

  1. Events: Culture, Art, and Charity 

1. Stanton , CA – City of Stanton – “Teen Dance”

2. Los Angeles , CA – Japanese American National Museum – Exhibition Opening “Asian American Art Now”

3. San Jose , CA –  9th Annual Vietnamese Children’s Benefit Concert

4. Austin , TX & Newyork– Film Screening – Nuoc Pictures and Director Doan Hoang – “Oh Saigon ”

5. Los Angeles , CA – Filipino American Library – Tours of Historic Filipinotown

6. Garden Grove , CA – Viet Art Center & Nhom The Friends Fund Raising Concert

– “A Precarious Bouquet”

     

      II.   Annoucement:

1. Press Release – Vietnam Memorial Fund Seeks American Heroes To Honor

2. Super Tuesday – Senator/Vietnam Veteran John McCain Campaign in Little Saigon

3. Call for volunteers: Teaching English in Vietnam  

 

III. Art and Photo Contests

1. UPDATE: Memories of Vietnam – 1959-1975

2. DEADLINE UPDATE: Youth Video Contest (US):  Dream of Youth

 

IV. Viet Art Youth Development Initiative

 

V. Lifestyle TV Show - Inside The Art World

 

 

A NOTE FROM VIET ART  

 

Dear Friends and Family,

 

Happy New Year! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! The Year of the Mouse – Nam Chuot!

 

 

TET – is Vietnamese New Year, not “Chinese New Year”.  In according to our mission of preservation and advancement of Vietnamese art and culture, the attached article “The Olden Tet” will provide you some interesting facts about Tet and most popular customs and festivities during this most important celebration of the year. “The Olden Tet” is because most of these festivities have been lost throughout the years.

 

“The Olden Tet”, published in TransViet Imex Magazine – Issue March/April 2007 -  is written by Professor Quyen Di ( University of California , Los Angeles ), English Translation by Michelle Phuong Thao, Original Painting Illustrations by artists: Huy Hoang, Thuc Quyen, Ly Thu Ha, and Ho Nam .

 

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1968 Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. During the New Year, the communists forces unleased suprise attacks on 26 of 44 provincial capitals, 64 district capitals, five of the six major cities, and more than two dozen airfields and bases while U.S. and South Vietnamese forces were in Khe San and the demiliarized zone fighting off the north’s diversionary tactics. Let us send our prayer for the Vietnamese and American who died during these memorial and unforgettably painful days.

 

I was born in April, 1968 after the Tet Offensive. The wound is deep and lasting. Nevertheless, I believe that the Healing Process has begun.

 

We would like to send our appreciation to Orange County News for publication of Viet Art Weekly Enews and the photo of HUCH (co-submitted by Vietnam veterans: Michael Little and Paul Erickson) in your newspaper, issued Wednesday, January 30, 2008.

 

Tan nien hanh phuc binh an tien

Xuan nhat vinh hoa phu quy lai

 

A New Year, happiness and peace have arrived

A Spring Day, glory and prosperity have come

 

Peace and Love,

Michelle Phuong Thao

Executive Director, VAC  

 

 

I.          EVENTS: CULTURE, ART, AND CHARITY

 

1. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2008

COMMUNITY EVENT: TEEN DANCE

Organized by City of Stanton Parks and Recreation Services Department along with Youth Action Alliance

 

Time: 7pm-10 p.m.

Ticket: $5.00Raffles

School I.D. required

 

Location:

11822 Santa Paula St.

  Stanton , CA 90680

 

Enjoy a night of dancing, game room activities and XBOX tournaments. DJ will play a variety of Hip-Hop, R&B, and the latest music.

 

Contact: Stanton Community Services Center at (714) 379-0129

 

2. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2008

EXHIBITION OPENING: ONE WAY OR ANOTHER – ASIAN AMERICAN ART NOW

Hosted by Japanese American National Museum

 

Organized by the Asia Society, New York , with support from Altria Group, Inc., the W.L.S.

Spencer Foundation, Nimoy Foundation, and Asia Society’s Contemporary Art Council.

 

Curated by Melissa Chiu, Director and Curator of Contemporary Asian Art, Asia Society

Museum, New York , Karin Higa, Adjunct Senior Curator of Art, Japanese American National

Museum, and Susette S. Min, Assitant Professor of Asian American Studies and Art History,

University of California, Davis.

 

The Los Angeles installation is co-presented by the Asia Society of Southern California.

 

Additional support provided by: Ernest Y. and Kiyo Doizaki, Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman,

Mitsubishi International Corporation Foundation, Kristine Nishiyama and Barry K. Schwebs,

Michael W. Oshima and Chiaki Tanaka, PhD, Gordon Yamate and Deborah Shiba.

 

Media Sponsors: Los Angeles Downtown News, LA 18 KSCI-TV, and the Rafu Shimpo

 

ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: ASIAN AMERICAN ART NOW brings together 17 artists from

across the country who defy a definitive conception of Asian American art. 

 

Exhibition: February 10 through May 4, 2008

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

Location:

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First Street

Los Angeles , CA 90012

Phone: 213-625-0414

Admission information at www.janm.org

 

 

3. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2008

9TH & LAST ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BENEFIT CONCERT

Organized by Chi and Truc Nguyen, VN Youth Projects

 

Pianists Chi and Truc Nguyen; Renowned Vietnamese Instrumentalist (Dan Tranh) Van Anh Vo; and other professional musicians, including Pianist Ellen Wassermann, Clarinetist Bill Wohlmacher, and Violinist Phillip Santos

 

Time:  2:00 pm

 

Location:          Amador Theater (on the Amador Valley High Schoolcampus)

                        1155 Santa Rita Road , Pleasanton

 

Mission:     To raise money for the street children of the city of Can Tho , and college students in the Mekong Delta , Vietnam . All proceeds will be donated to VNHELP (Viet Nam Health

Education and Literature Projects, www.vnhelp.org), a non-profit organization helping children and communities in Vietnam .

 

Ticket:   $14 presale/$17 at the door

 

Available at Towne Center Books ( Pleasanton , 925-846-8826), House of Woodwinds (San Ramon, 925-831-8341), VNHELP office ( San Jose , 408-885-1791), and at the door

 

For more information: Contact (925) 275-9250 Website: http://www.vnyouthprojects.net

Concert poster: http://vnhelp.org/Flier9thAnnual.pdf

 

4. FILM SCREENING: OH, SAIGON

PRESENTS BY NUOC PICTURES

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: DOAN HOANG

 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

 

 

2008 Austin Film Festival Doc Series

Regal Arbor Cinema

9828 Great Hills Trail

Austin , TX 78759

(512)231-9742

$4 for public; FREE for Austin Film Festival members

Time: 7:30pm

 

Details at: www.austinfilmfestival.com/news

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

 

Newyork Premiere in the 2008 Documentary Exhibition Fortnight

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Discussion with Ang and Hoang after screening

 

Details at: www.moma.org/calendar

 

ABOUT “OH, SAIGON ”:

 

Brother against brother. Mother against daughter. A war in a family.

 

The last family helicoptered out of Saigon on the last day of the Vietnam War attempts to resolve its divided past. A father reunites with the brother he fought against decades after the conflict that split them. A mother in impossible circumstances is forced to chose between her daughter and her husband. Meanwhile, two first-generation Vietneamese-American sisters try to reconcile a difficult past that altered the course of their lives.

 

ABOUT DOAN HOANG:

 

‘If I could put my finger on the moment my family fell apart,” says the narrator, Doan Hoang, at the beginning of Oh, Saigon , “...It would be April 30, 1975, the end of the Vietnam War.” In 2000, as a young Vietnamese-American woman, Doan Hoang began filming invetviews with her family in America , and kept the camera rolling as they journeyed back to Vietnam . Doan has been on that last civilian helicopter out of Saigon at the age of 3. In seeking to uncover the mysterious circumstances of her family’s schism, Doan has compiled a documentary account that reveals the humanity of those who were soldiers, wives, children, prisoners, revolutionaries, and refugees.

 

5. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

BUS TOURS OF HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN

Organized and sponsored by The Filipino American Library (FAL), in collaboration with Filipino American Service Group, Inc. (FASGI), Office of Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, Wal-Mart, and Burger King Corporation

 

Four 1.5 Hour Tours Leaving at 10:00am, 12:00pm, 2:00pm, and 4:00pm

Begins and ends at FAL

Address: 135 N. Park View St .

Historic Filipino Town

Los Angeles , CA 90026-5215

 

What is Filipino about Historic Filipinotown? In FAL’s Bus Tours of Historic Filipinotown, guides narrate the significance of particular sites, events, and individuals in and around Historic Filipininotown to present an historical overview of Filipinos in Los Angeles .

 

FREE ADMISSION, DONATIONS ACCEPTED, FOOD AND DRINKS PROVIDED

RSVP by Wednesday, February 20 to filamlibrary@sbcglobal.net

 

Contact Information:

Jonathan Lorenzo – FAL

Tel: 213-382-0488

Website: www.filipinoamericanlibrary.org

 

6. SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2008

VIET ART CENTER & NHOM THE FRIENDS FUND RAISING CONCERT

       “A PRECARIOUS BOUQUET” – DOA HOA VO THUONG

       IN MEMORY OF TRINH CONG SON

 

Time: 8PM

Location: Don Wash Auditorium (1500 seats)

Garden Grove High School

11271 Stanford Avenue

  Garden Grove , CA 92840

 

Khanh Ly, Nhom The Friends, and more details coming soon

 

CALL FOR ARTISTS/PHOTOGRAPHERS: To exhibit your original painting at this concert (inside Don Wash Auditorium), please email vietartcenter@aol.com for more details.

Theme: Lotus (Hoa Sen) and artworks that are inspired by Trinh Cong Son music

 

 II.       ANNOUCEMENT

 

1. Press Release – Vietnam Memorial Fund Seeks American Heroes To Honor

January 16 — Memorial Fund Seeks Veterans to Honor on In Memory Day
  The Memorial Fund is searching for Vietnam veterans who died as a result of their service, but who do not meet the government requirements for having their names added to The Wall.  These heroes will be honored on April 21 during the 10th annual In Memory Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington , D.C.   Read the full Press Release at http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=632

 

2. Super Tuesday – Senator/Vietnam Veteran John McCain Campaign in Little Saigon

If Senator McCain wins the presidency, he will be the first Vietnam Veteran holding the highest seat of the US government.

 

This video link featuring Senator McCain’s campaign in Little Saigon, is sent to me by Quang Pham , US Marine Pilot, Author of the book “A Sense of Duty” (www.qxpham.com)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kLyV-UUd08

 

Welcome Home , Vietnam Veterans!

 

3. Call for volunteers: Teaching English in Vietnam  

Organized by Viet Art Center and various universities in Vietnam

Trip Date: June-July 2008

Would you like to spend four weeks this summer teaching English at various universities in Vietnam ?  You will only need to pay for the roundtrip airfare and small adminstration fee, lodging accomodation will be arranged and sponsored by the universities.

More details coming soon or email vietartcenter@aol.com to express your interest in this program.

 

III.            ART AND PHOTO CONTESTS

 

1. MEMORIES OF VIETNAM – 1955-1975

A PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION

 

Article and press release about “Memories of Vietnam – 1955-1975” 

 

UPDATE: To Vietnam Veterans, your photo entry may be selected to participate in an upcoming feature film POINT OF REFERENCE by Director Minh Nguyen-Vo (Director of the film BUFFALO BOY, MUA LEN TRAU) to be shot in Spring 2008, Southern California .

 

LA Times:

Memories from another perspective by My-Thuan Tran

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-veterans23dec23,1,3382660.story

San Jose Mercury News:

Exhibit in Orange County to show photos from Vietnam vets by The Associated Press

http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_7805456?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1

 

Thank to North County Times ( San Diego ) and other media networks for your announcement of our “Memories of Vietnam” project.

 

Viet Art Center proudly announces a photographic competition exclusively for Vietnam Veterans to benefit the Vietnamese-American Youth-At-Risk Program
 
Program Spokesman:

Michael Burr

Vietnam Veteran & Photographer

Contact Information: Email - m.burr@verizon.net
 
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
 

 

Important Dates:
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

 

2. A YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST: DREAMS OF YOUTH - THEME: LITTE SAIGON

Sponsored by Farmers Insurance Group

 

DEADINE UPDATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2008

The award ceremony will take place at VAC Fund Raising Concert: THE PRECARIOUS BOUQUET - Don Wash Auditorium, Garden Grove High School on March 29, 2007.

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

Suggested topics:

 

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

 

Entry Preview:

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

 

 

IV.            VIET ART YOUTH INITIATIVE

 

 

VIET ART AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

 

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 VAC: 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

 

 

V.  LIFESTYLE TV SHOW: INSIDE THE ART WORLD

hosting by MICHELLE PHUONG THAO

 

Co-producing by Saigon Broadcasting Television Network (SBTN) and VAC

Schedule to debut by April 2008

 

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), co-hosted by Michelle Phuong Thao and Anne Nguyen 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, CA and  2ndCityCouncil Gallery, Long Beach,  CA

2. Vietnamese-French Dancer Ea Sola -  supported by ArtPower! at UC San Diego

3. Vietnamese-American Fashion Designer Chan Luu 

4. Vietnamese-American Executive Sous Chef Dee Nguyen

5. Vietnamese-American Artists: Nguyen Thi Hop and Nguyen Dong 

  

and more to come ...

  

About SBTN

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 (info@sbtn.tv) or Viet Art Center (vietartcenter@aol.com).  

 

 

VIET ART CENTER FOUNDATION

 

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

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

 

The Viet Art Center Foundation was formed as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit community art center supporting the contemporary artists working in all forms of cultural arts. Our mission is to preserve and to advance Viet art and culture; foster creativity and art excellence; provide exhibition space to new and established artists; provide educational programs and activities that encourage public awareness, participation, and appreciation of the cultural arts. The Center is a unique bridge to foster improved friendship, cultural and economic ties between Vietnam and America . 

 

 

Thank you for your sponsorship of Viet Art Center Foundation

 

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