Club Spotlight: VSA Shines Light on Moon Festival

Club Spotlight: VSA Shines Light on Moon Festival

Photo Courtesy: Ray Wong. Pictured: VSA members pose with traditional garments at the Sept 20th, 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival.

Photo Courtesy: Ray Wong. Pictured: VSA members pose with traditional garments at the Sept 20th, 2016 Mid-Autumn Festival.

Moon Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, and Tet Trung Thu are the many names of the yearly, multicultural celebration that VSA celebrated on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

VSA is Pacific’s Vietnamese Student Association and “Tet Trung Thu” is the Vietnamese name for the celebration that occurs specifically on a night with a full moon. President Lynnette Nguyen described it as a festival that “celebrates family and prosperity. We like to have our first general meeting on Mid-Autumn Festival, because VSA represents family to me.” Diemmi Nguyen, the Public Relations Chair for this term, further explained that this day and festival is dedicated to children, including games, candy, lanterns, and lion dances.

To celebrate Mid-Autumn Fetival, VSA decorated the UC Ballroom and dressed in traditional Vietnamese dresses called “Ao Dai.” They invited people of all grades and cultures to come celebrate with games and food. They served delicious food from the culture: chow mein, fried rice, banh beo, egg rolls, and most importantly, the essential Moon Cake to celebrate the Festival. VSA spoiled its audience with a variety of lotus seed, mung bean, red bean, trail mix, and durian Moon Cake.
It is very refreshing to see a group of students celebrate their culture with others, and in addition to that, find a family away from home. Not only does it employ an “Anh, Chi, Em” program, translating to “Big brother, big sister, younger sibling,” but its members are testaments to the idea that being involved in VSA gave them a sense of belonging.

In store for VSA this semester is: the NorCal UVSA Summit, an International Dinner, Pho Night, White Elephant to celebrate Christ- mas, and fundraisers. In the meantime, for those of you who are looking for a group of welcoming people, regardless of ethnicity, VSA meets every Thursday in the Multicultural Center from 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Photo Courtesy: Ray Wong.

Photo Courtesy: Ray Wong.

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