Welcome to ViSA!

Chào các bạn!

Twenty-six years ago, the Vietnamese Student Association (ViSA) began with only a few members. What was once a small band of friends has now grown into a large, yet cozy family of 40+ members. At the core of our group is a dedicated board of 10 members, working to give our members fun events and a warm, communal atmosphere.

Each year, ViSA hosts several marquee events. Phở Night, our biggest event, brings in more than 400 people each year. Our annual cultural show showcases both the cultural aspects of Vietnam and the individual talents of our members, and our cultural dinner features the best of Vietnamese cuisine, as well as the history behind each dish. In addition to our food events, we also host Master’s Teas, inviting influential members of the Vietnamese-American community.

If you’re looking for a great group of friends, or if you’re looking for a fun time, come to one of our many events. So, from the both of us, and each of our members, we invite you to join our family, to laugh a little, live a little, and most importantly have some fun. You won’t be disappointed.

Our lovely board members

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Emma Dinh
Co-president
Xin chào các bạn! I’m Emma, and I’m very excited to be your Co-President this year! I’m a proud member of Morse ’18 planning to double major in Economics and Psychology. On campus, I mentor high school students with New Haven REACH, do nonprofit consulting work with Net Impact, and work as an undergraduate research associate in Science Education at the Yale Center for Teaching and Learning. My favorite Vietnamese food is bun rieu. I went to a ViSA’s weekly dinner the first week of my freshman year and have been hooked ever since. I met some of my best friends on campus through ViSA, and I’m beyond grateful to have found a community of such talented, dedicated, all-around awesome people whom I can relate to both on a cultural and personal level. Can’t wait for another year of friendship, food, and fun. #ViSquad5ever
My name is George, and I’m a proud member of Timothy Dwight Class of 2018 from the amazing city of Boston, MA. When I’m not performing social chair duties, I can be found doing homework, winning IM sports with my fellow TD red lions, copy editing at the Yale Daily News, or checking out things, especially books, at Bass Library. In my spare time, I love to play basketball and League of Legends, sing, and chill out—I’m down for anything, though.
Being part of ViSA has given me such a wonderful, supportive family, and I hope you consider joining us! 😀

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George Huynh
Co-president

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Cynthia Vu
Treasurer
Hey everyone!
I’m Cynthia and treasurer for ViSA this year. I’m a sophomore in Pierson, and I will major in (most likely, probably) computer science. I’m from Bridgeport, CT,which is only 30 minutes away from Yale if you’re wondering, and have lived there all my life. Back at home, I was really active in the Vietnamese community, so I’m excited to continue working with ViSA this semester.
Aside from ViSA, I’m also a member of Danceworks and the Ballroom Dance Team. I also like drawing and being outside. I do like animals (somewhat), so don’t let my picture fool you. I’m pretty into Korean and Japanese culture, so if you have any of the same interest, lets meet up! 😀 And if you don’t have those same interests, lets still meet up! 😀 Yay for friendship (Hey Vicky)
Hi everyone!
My name is Tran Dang, and I am currently a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College. I am from Houston, Texas, where I was able to enjoy a lot of great Vietnamese food and my mother’s amazing home cooking. My favorite Vietnamese food is a chicken banh mi, and I can probably survive on just this for weeks on end! I am undecided in major, but am pursuing pre-med and global health studies. Aside from ViSA, I write for the Yale Daily News and the Yale Herald and work in the TD buttery. In my free time, I enjoy watching late-night movies with friends, doing jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and occasionally exercising. I can also be found perusing chemicals in the Sterling Chemistry Lab or dancing with suitemates to 80’s songs.

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Tran Dang
Secretary

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An Le
Social Chair
An Le is a sophomore in Pierson. He plays soccer for Yale, and he is VISA’s social chairs this year.
Chào người đẹp,
My name is Thanh Tran, junior in TD. I’m going to be one of your social chairs for this year. I lived in sunny Los Angeles for most of my life #westcoastbestcoast. I really love good music, good eats, good sleep, good workouts, and nice clothes. I really want to make this year a fun year for all of you guys so if you have have any epic ideas send me a quick message.

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Thanh Tran
Social Chair

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Vi Truong
Political Chair
I’m Levi Truong (you can just call me Vi) and I’m this year’s Political Chair. I am a current sophomore from Trumbull College and my hometown is San Diego. My favorite Vietnamese food is probably banhxeo!
As ViSA Historian, Vivian is using her passion for photography, love for her heritage, and making friends all into one beautiful position. Currently a sophomore in Calhoun College, she’s known for making ramen at the end of a good night and for hosting cuddle parties to satisfy her self-proclaimed status as a serial cuddler. All she needs in life are cuddles, her camera, friends, and Vietnamese milk and yogurt, her favorite Viet foods.

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Vivian Dang
Historian

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Sharon Phu
Publicity Chair
What up friends. My name is Sharon and I am so excited to be serving as ViSA’s publicity chair! I am a rising sophomore in Trumbull, one who cannot take a nice selfie to save her life. My Vietnamese vocabulary may be severely limited to food words, basic greetings, and insults but… there’s nothing I can say to make this better; I want to learn to actually speak Vietnamese *cries and laughs but mostly cries* but I digress. Phở gives me life and shout out to the awesome people I get to work with for the 2016-17 year!

Our awesome events

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Events in 2016

Tet celebrationFebruary 16
Mosaic, with AACCFebruary 21
Cultural dinnerApril 10
Discussion with Caroline Nguyen TicarroApril 13
Freshmen dinner September 10
General meeting, with AACC – September 23
Freshman Initiation – September 30
Pho Night – October 30
Cultural Show – November 13

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