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Miss Vietnam San Diego 2018

Miss Vietnam San Diego 2018

Media Contact: Alexander Nguyen
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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 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:


Annual Vietnamese New Year Festival Celebrates ‘Spring of Love’

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.

Keep Tết Free!

Keep Tết Free!

Keep Tet Free

Can you believe that a young group of high school and college students are known to host the BEST Asian Lunar New Year’s (Tết) Festival in San Diego?!

This is our 10th anniversary, so expect it to be HUGE for San Diego! Our festival has proven to be one of the largest three-day cultural festivals in San Diego, attracting more than 25,000 people every year! This upcoming year, the 2015 San Diego Tết Festival falls on the weekend of Feb. 20-22 at Mira Mesa Community Park. Best of all, it’s free to attend.

In order to make this festival BEYOND successful, we need your help and support. We are hosting an exciting fundraising banquet to the public! This fun semi-formal event will cost $30 per person (tickets are avilable now!)

It will include:

  • Buffet-Style Dinner: Spinach Butter Salmon, Coconut Shrimp, Teriyaki Chicken, Traditional Vietnamese Springrolls, Solmen Salad, Green Salad, Chocolate dessert dipping fountain… etc.
  • Silient AND Live Auction: Variety of Services as well as Rare/Unique/Limited Items that you can not get anywhere else! There will be at least 10 services and 10 items to auction!
  • Raffles: Lots of valuable priceless items that can be yours if you are feeling lucky
  •  Entertainment: Live performances, music, and singers on our main stage to give you a night to remember

That’s just some of things we have planned for the banquet. The rest is kept secret as a surprise for you.

Remember that the San Diego Tết Festival is hosted by a group of young students who not only have school, part-time jobs, but also are overexerting themselves to give the city an amazing fun-filled festival. So please come out and support the cause!

Help Keep Tết Free for San Diego!