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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