Black April Commemoration: A Conversation with Việt Thanh Nguyễn

Black April Commemoration: A Conversation with Việt Thanh Nguyễn

Black April Commemoration: A Conversation with Viet Thanh NguyenFollowing the Fall of Saigon, nearly 2 million people fled Vietnam, creating one of the first modern refugee crises. Dr. Việt Thanh Nguyễn, author of “The Sympathizer,” himself an oceanic refugee (aka the “boat people”), will talk about the Vietnamese American experience, the Vietnamese diaspora and the effects the war has on these refugees as well as the American public.

Dr. Nguyễn is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His first novel, “The Sympathizer” won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction among other accolades.

Join the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance as we host an evening of conversation with Việt Thanh Nguyễn from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union auditorium Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

This event is free for the public. There is a suggested donation of $20.

Miss Vietnam San Diego 2018

Miss Vietnam San Diego 2018

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SAN DIEGO (Feb. 20, 2018) – During the 13th annual San Diego Tet Festival at Mira Mesa Community Park on Feb. 16-18, 2018, the Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance crowned the 2018 Miss Vietnam San Diego as well as the Royal Court, which includes the First and Second Princesses (the first and second runner-ups).

The next day after the crowning of the Miss Vietnam San Diego, a judge messaged the organization saying she believes there was a scoring mistake for the Miss Vietnam Pageant. This triggered an internal audit by VAYA to verify the scores. While there is no discrepancy with the score for who won Miss Vietnam San Diego, VAYA discovered there was an error with the First Princess and Second Princess.

In the final top-three question-and-answer portion of the program, only the scores in this portion are used to determine the winner, first and second runner-ups (all the previous scores to determine who ends up in the top-three are discarded), there was a tie for first and second runner-up. In the event of the tie, the scores from the previous portions are used as a tiebreaker. VAYA’s tabulator misread the scores and therefore the tiebreaker went to the wrong person.

Upon discovering the error, the First and Second Princesses were notified immediately. VAYA apologized for the inadvertent mistake and informed both the runner-ups that they will be given the same award for the First Princess. VAYA asked both ladies to give us their suggestions for what to do with the title. The announced First Runner-up has informed us of her decision.

Out of respect for the winners, the organization has delayed publicly announcing our Royal Court until we receive a formal response from the other First Runner-up who was previously announced as Second Runner-up. We have, however, yet to receive a formal response from her.

As an organization that is entirely volunteer- and youth-run, we put a lot of effort into providing a fun, entertaining and award-winning festival for the community as well as provide the community with a valuable ambassador via Miss Vietnam San Diego.

We sincerely apologize for this inadvertent error. As a volunteer-based organization devoted to community commitment and preservation of our culture, the trust, and respect of the community is of utmost importance for us, thus we want to be fully transparent with all of our actions and decisions.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we wait for the response from the other First Runner-up before we announced the Royal Court.

In addition, during the auditing process, we discovered that our tabulation procedure was not followed. The tabulator’s scores were supposed to be checked and verified by one other staff member before given to the emcees for the public announcement, however, given the overwhelming festivity of this year’s event, this was process was inadvertently skipped. Going forward, VAYA will do everything in its power to ensure that this process is followed to avoid similar mistakes in the future.

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Vietnamese-American Youth Alliance (V.A.Y.A), a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-partisan, community-based organization, was founded in 2004 as a means for Vietnamese-American youth to organize socially and culturally within the local communities

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

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 Members may also buy discounted prices from VAYA. (Reg. price $12, VAYA price $10).


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

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

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!

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

VAYA Seeking Nominations for E-Board and Staff Positions

VAYA Seeking Nominations for E-Board and Staff Positions


“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:


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

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.