VAYA Co-Presenting ‘Sweet 20′ (Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh)

The Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance is proud to co-present the Vietnamese hit film, Sweet 20 (Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh) at the sixth annual Pacific Arts Movement Spring show.

The film will be showing at the UltraStar Mission Valley at 6:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016.

UPDATE: Due to popular demand, a 9:30 p.m. showing as been added.

As a co-presenter, VAYA has 10 free tickets to the 6:45 p.m. showing for members. Please reserve the tickets by emailing info@vayasd.org. Members may also buy discounted prices from VAYA. (Reg. price $12, VAYA price $10).

ABOUT THE FILM

Sweet 20 (Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh)
Sweet 20 (Em Là Bà Nội Của Anh)

Sweet 20 was first known simply as the Vietnamese remake of the Korean film Miss Granny. But millions of fans and countless accolades later, it’s earned a spot of its own as a bonafide sensation and the biggest hit of Vietnam in 2015. The story, also remade in China in 2015, has become the perfect fantasy-comedy of contemporary Confucianism: a grandmother neglected by her family becomes magically reborn as her 20-year-old self and wins back the hearts of her bratty descendants, a senior center suitor, and indeed an entire nation.

Beyond simply transplanting the story to Vietnam, director Phan Gia Nhat Linh gives it new soul, tapping emotionally into pre-1975 nostalgia for pop songs and a version of pre-socialist commercialism that seems unrecognizable today. Indeed, the film gestures with hilarity and a giddy spirit to the healing power of remembering as a way to reconcile family.

And even as it nods to the past, Sweet 20 looks forward to the bubbly possibilities of Vietnamese pop cinema to come. The USC-trained Linh directs the film with a nice balance of hijinks and feeling, and with a keen sense of how international stories can find meaning locally. But we should all brace ourselves for singer-turned-actress Miu Le in a tour-de-force physical performance, conveying granny sass through any number of squats and facial contortions.

— Brian Hu/PacArts

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VAYA Sponsored By California Coast Credit Union at Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair

VAYA is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 31st Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair this Saturday, April 23th! Make sure to come out and learn more about the Vietnamese culture and many more!

Special thanks to our virtuous sponsor, California Coast Credit Union, for funding VAYA’s entry in this amazing event and their continual support in helping us and other non-profit organizations make the community a better place!

Make sure to go check out the California Coast Credit website to learn more about everything they do, to not only help you with your spending and finances but also how they give back to the community!

https://www.calcoastcu.org

So come out and learn something! We hope to see YOU this Saturday!

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VAYA Seeking Nominations for E-Board and Staff Positions

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“Leadership is not about the next election, it’s about the next generation.” — Simon Sinek

Are you a young professional or student who wants to better serve your community?

The Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance is currently seeking nominations for individuals to serve on its executive board.

Nominations are open until April 19, 2016. Voting will be on May 1, 2016. A two-year term for the newly-elected board members will start in June 2016.

We are also looking for new volunteer staff to help lead the organization to new heights.

Learn more about the e-board, including current members, officers and election process as well as submit a nomination at the following links:

 

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VAYA joins California Coast Credit Union in Financial Literacy Education for Students!

VAYA is partnering up with our amazing Tet sponsor this year and we have more to offer for the students and the community. California Coast Credit Union is offering a FREE financial literacy informational workshop for students! Everyone is welcome to come. In this short 1 hour seminar this upcoming Saturday January 30th, at the Mira Mesa Recreation Center “Crafts Room” starting at 1:30 p.m. – students will learn:

How to establish and manage credit, and improve credit

· What is a credit report and why it’s important

· Who’s in control of your money ( you or your money)?

· Ways to build your cash flow

And Much More! – Everyone is welcome, and will also a chance to ask questions to the professionals.

This is a great opportunity for students to come by and learn to be smarter about your personal finance and investing strategies. We appreciate our sponsor for dedicating their time and providing absolutely free knowledge that can go a long way for the student’s future.

Free food (Pizza)/drinks will be provided for your attendance, so it will be very fun event and we do not want you to miss out! Please check out our official Facebook invite and confirm so that we know how much food and drinks to accommodate.

https://www.facebook.com/events/464259617099890/

 

 

 

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Annual Vietnamese New Year Festival Celebrates ‘Spring of Love’

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Mira Mesa – Love is in the air as the Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance presents the Spring of Love, a free city-wide Tết festival of games, prizes, food, and entertainment.

This year’s Tết festival falls on Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 12-14, 2016, and will emphasize the different kinds of love that we all share. For the New Year 2016, folks are celebrating the unifying love of the Vietnamese people, culture, and legacy. Following the Valentine’s theme, visitors can wish for eternal love at the spectacular wishing tree, capture photos with a romantic photo set, or purchase special roses for loved ones.

2016 preview posterFor the adventurous, there will be an authentic monkey bridge and other historical sets to take in. The Tết festival will be a host of enough interactive fun and entertainment for everybody!

“VAYA started from a group of young adults attempting to reconnect with their seemingly distant homeland. This passion grew into loving their local San Diego community and wanting to spread the rich traditions and culture that Vietnam has to offer as well as social awareness,” VAYA President Andy Nguyen said. “Since then it has become our mission to give San Diegans and Americans a culturally rich experience that expresses the love and efforts of the people. Everything we do reflects this mission and the values that make it possible.”

The festival, which attracts around 20,000 people each year, promises fun for the whole family with such activities as carnival rides and games, authentic Vietnamese food, lion dancing and firecrackers.

Free entertainment programs, such as high-quality musical acts, the Miss Vietnam of San Diego Pageant and a Cultural Village allows for direct immersion into Vietnamese culture.

Festival Dates and Hours are: Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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