Culture Show 2013 VERTIGO – Giữa Hai Dòng Nước ended successfully two weeks ago, and Cal VSA elected a new Cabinet last Thursday… so what has changed?
The new Cal VSA President is our very own André T. Nghiêm! Congratulations André! That’s not all though. It’s also time to welcome the Culture Show 2014 season. Are you ready for it?
This year’s Culture Chair and Culture Show Producer is… me. Hi~ my name is Jennifer N. Ho, and I will be producing this year’s show. This really feels like deja vu; I know I’ve done this before…
Anyway, I’d like to announce that Story Proposals and CORE Applications have been released.
Story proposals: http://cultureshow.calvsa.com/story-2014-form/. Due Monday, July 1, 2013.
CORE Applications: http://cultureshow.calvsa.com/core-2014-app/. Apply before the position you want is filled!
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at email@example.com! I’ll be waiting~ Let’s make Culture Show 2014 even more amazing ^-^
TAH-DAH! We are now selling tickets to this year’s Culture Show, VERTIGO!
You can get your tickets right at this moment online at [Ticket & Directions], or buy them directly from any cast or crew member.
To celebrate this as well as Spring Break we’re having a Kick-Off. Come join us for games, short performance tutorials, and delicious food! Meet us this Thursday at 7PM on Dwinelle Plaza to unwind post-midterms!
In addition to all of that, our Lion Dance Team will have a special performance, and you’ll be able to purchase Culture Show 2013: VERTIGO tickets in person!
Cal VSA is hosting a Culture Show Info Session just for you!
You’ll learn about CORE, the leadership and planning committee behind the show, and about how to participate as a performer.
We will show you what we do through workshops that highlight the different aspects of Culture Show: Production, Public Relations, Story, Design, Music, Technical, and Performances, and how these aspects interconnect and rely on each other to produce our annual Culture Show.
Come discover the experience.
It is only in this space that I have experienced the possibility of everyone looking only at the facts: that we all love VSA, that we all want it to and will make it thrive, that we all can genuinely smile together. Something like this, it can only happen as long as there is a ‘we,’ a wonderfully united ‘we’ where we all lean on each other. In this ‘we,’ we share each other’s burdens. In this ‘we,’ our burdens become lighter. In this ‘we,’ we have a safe space to speak up.
It is only in Cal VSA that there are people who can do this, who can open their arms to each other, and then in the same way open their arms to welcome others. This ‘we,’ we’re friends, family… community.
As this year’s Cal VSA Culture Chair, and as Culture Show 2013 Producer, I want to provide the same opportunity for others, for you. Of course it won’t be the same, since we are a different group, but we can be just as great, if not more.
Last April we brought you Stolen: Nụ Sen Trắng which focused on and educated about human trafficking. With it we won the title of Outstanding Cultural Event of the Year. Our annual Culture Show always aims to bring to attention the domestic and global issues that affect the Vietnamese community as expressed through the show’s storyline. This year, we strive to continue the tradition with a story focusing on the historical event of Operation Babylift.
Operation Babylift is an event that is important to both Vietnamese history and adoption history. In 1975 over 3000 infants and children were airlifted from Vietnam and adopted by families around the world over a course of a few short weeks. These children were the bụi đời, or the dust of life, of war-torn Vietnam and had been cast aside into impoverished orphanages. They were offered new lives, and so their stories continue today.
Help us share their stories. How?
Join CORE! We are still accepting applications <-click right there!
A few weeks ago Stolen: Nụ Sen Trắng was nominated for a 2012 VSA Award under the category of Outstanding Cultural Program/Event. After much anticipation, it has been officially announced that we are a finalist! This is very exciting for all of us at Culture Show HQ. The winners will be announced at the VSA Awards show at the UNAVSA-9 Conference Gala in Minneapolis, MN this Sunday, July 29th, 2012.
These awards are open to all collegiate Vietnamese Student Associations, Vietnamese Student Unions, and/or Vietnamese student groups in North America (U.S. and Canada). This is the second year they are being held to celebrate the achievements and contributions of VSAs like us from across the continent.
Outstanding Cultural Program/Event Award winners will receive $150 in addition to being recognized at the UNAVSA-9 Conference, featured on UNAVSA’s website and annual report, and highlighted in the UNAVSA-10 Conference program.
Jennifer here, and Andre too (again)! We hope that you’re all having a great summer. We sure are, kind of. :/ (We would have even better summers if there were more applications to read *hint hint*.) Jennifer is trying to survive the dry heat while planning a lot of stuff, and Andre is enjoying the few precious days of freedom he has left until summer sessions start for him.
We’ve previously introduced Jennifer as your new CS Producer, but this is an official announcement regarding the entire Production Team. You may already know Andre as your Web Administrator, but everyone, please welcome him as your Assistant Producer! Rather than being just names that write at you, we’d like to be people with faces and stories, so here’s some interesting information about us that usually would probably be left unmentioned.
Ever thought about how you could shape the future of Culture Show? Perhaps a future Culture Show? Maybe Culture Show 2013? *nudge nudge*
You know you want to! *wink wink* As of now there are two ways to participate. You can either submit a story proposal and affect what next year’s story will entail, or submit a CORE application and join the leadership team behind Culture Show.
To submit a story proposal, please fill out and submit this form: http://cultureshow.calvsa.com/story-2013-form/.
To apply for a CORE position, please fill out an application here: http://cultureshow.calvsa.com/core-2013-app/.
If you have any questions, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you’re as excited we are~ we’ll be anticipating submissions from you!
-The Culture Show 2013 Production Team
It has been over a month since STOLEN: Nụ Sen Trắng came to life onstage. It feels like Culture Show just ends there – when we leave the stage, doesn’t it? The curtains came down, and behind them the cast hugged and cheered. Then some mere moments later it occurred to us that we had to clean up, so we hurried and rushed about to return props, to gather our belongings, and to leave the stage. Within half an hour we parted ways, and that’s it. The end of Culture Show season… but not quite.
It’s always Culture Show season. Culture Show is a continuing process. It’s true that each production itself from inception to development to completion to delivery takes about a year, but the Culture Show experience goes on. For those of us on CORE and in the cast, we’ve made friends and contributed to a community that we can’t find anywhere else. With these wonderful people we share good memories, bad memories, and weird memories. For our audience, we hope that you look forward to next year’s show, that you can’t wait to come back. For me, I haven’t stopped working on Culture Show at all.
Who am I? I should introduce myself, shouldn’t I? I go by Jennifer, and I author as Jennifer N. Ho. I co-directed and wrote for STOLEN: Nụ Sen Trắng, and I’m here today as your Producer for Culture Show 2013. I have a lot of plans for our upcoming production, and I hope you’ll stay around to see them follow through. Culture Show 2013 going to be amazing. I promise.