Cinema Symposium, VAALA Art Contest, Tet Festival!

 

A Symposium

(from previous year)

 

Hello friends,

Yup, it’s time to prep for Cinema Symposium 4, which will take place at UCLA on April 13th. (Mark it on your calendar!) We are searching for a theme for Cinema Symposium 4.

With Cinema Symposium, we try to bring together different areas of filmmaking; we plan to invite a couple of directors and actors, a film fest organizer, a producer, a make-up artist, a costume designer, etc. to be on the panel. The theme of Cinema Symposium 3 was “From Script to Screen” (I think Viet Le came up with this theme). The theme of the second Cinema Symposium was “Passionate Dreams and Realistic Journeys.” The theme for the first Cinema Symposium was “Behind the Camera.”

I would like to suggest that we play with the idea of “Viet Film Wave.” (Ham, please don’t charge for your royalty! : ) ) I think we gotta push the wave upward

Humm…. How about: Riding the Viet Film Wave. : ) Please give your ideas/input! Thanks!

After we come up with the theme for Cinema Symposium, we will out our heads together to find a theme for ViFF 2009! Be ready!

Cheers,

ysa

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VAALA Children’s Art Contest at UVSA’s Annual Tết Festival!

Please send in your artwork to participate in an art contest for the 2008 Tết Festival! Your work may be in watercolor, pastel, or color pencils at maximum size of 9 x 12″. Each person may send in up to two (2) submissions following any of these two themes: “Spring of Unity” or “Tết and My Family”. Artwork will be divided and judged for two age group categories: Ages 5-8 and 9-12. Prizes will be awarded for each category. ONLY 30 submissions total will be selected by the judges to be displayed at the Tết Festival in Là ng Việt Nam . The judges are artists Nguyá»…n Thị Hợp, Ann Phong, and Nguyá»…n Việt Hùng.

* First prize: $100
* Second prize: $50
* Third Prize: $25

Deadline: must be received by January 30, 2008!

Send submissions to: Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) 14772 Moran Street, Westminster , CA 92683 with Name, Age, and Contact Information (parent‖s name, address, email, and telephone number) for each contestant. Â

For questions or concerns, please contact Lilian Bui, Co-Contests Director, at (714) 588-2340 or lilian.bui@tetfesti val.org

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Two Vietnamese American Film Screenings

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bayside Community Center
2202 Comstock Street
San Diego, CA 92111
Free admission.
Contact Information: Brian Schaefer, ArtPower! At UC San Diego , Tel. 858.534.0499

Film Screenings:

The Anniversary – Ngay Gio (by Ham Tran) – tells the story of two brothers who meet as strangers in a hapless confrontation during the Vietnam war in 1973. Thirty years later, a Buddhist monk is still haunted by his memories of war and betrayal on the anniversary of his brother’s death. This is a tragic story that resonates deeply to this day in the hearts of many Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American families.

The Story of Spirits (by Tien Nguyen) explores the pain of a South Vietnamese family torn apart by war and forced to leave loved ones behind in order to escape. Decades later, memories and ghosts return to haunt those who survived.

Discussion Theme: Art and Politics
Guest Moderator: Michelle Phuong Thao, Executive Director, Viet Art Center

Organized by ArtPower! at UC San Diego and Bayside Community Center, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, the Vietnamese International Film Festival, Vietnamese American Youth Association (VAYA), the UCSD Vietnamese Student Association, the Viet Arts Center, the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA).

Sincerely,
Helena Tran
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Hello friends,

transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix will be traveling to Irvine and San Francisco in November. Stay tuned!

You may view some artworks on http://www.vaala.org .

Cheers,

ysa

From: Hong-An Truong [mailto:hongan. truong@gmail. com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 1:23 AM
To: Hong-An Truong
Subject: transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix Symposium

transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix

Symposium, Gallery Tour with Curators, Performance & Film/Video Program

January 18 & 19, 2008

Arko Art Center, Third Floor

Seoul, Korea

Organized by Viet Le and Yong Soon Min

You are cordially invited to the symposium and special events, held in conjunction with transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix, a traveling contemporary art exhibition that introduces a dynamic mix of sixteen critically acclaimed artists from Korea , Vietnam , and the United States , signaling an unprecedented engagement with the rich historic and contemporary linkages between Korea and Vietnam . The featured artworks variously engage interconnections between the two countries, including the intersections of history, trauma, and contemporary popular culture.

The symposium seeks to build upon—and expand—the critical discourse examining Korean and Vietnamese historical and contemporary cultural, political, and socio-economic interactions. The symposium brings together leading scholars, artists, media producers, and activists to explore the intersections of contemporary popular culture–including hallyu and V-pop–and the legacies of historical trauma in Korea and Viet Nam and their diasporas. A better understanding of the development and dynamics of the Korean Wave and V-pop can be gained from a broader discussion of the transnational circuits and flows of popular culture and desire that represent and are constituent parts of the intertwined constructions of Asian modernity and emerging subjectivities, examined within a historical context. We wish also to contribute to the nascent, comparative scholarship on the triangulated relationship between Korea , Viet Nam and the United States that resulted from Korea ‘s substantial involvement in the American War in Vietnam , as well as the current close cultural and economic relationship that has developed between Korea and Vietnam .

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY (half day)

Welcome Address and Special Guest Presenter: 1-1:20 pm

Kim Jung-heun – Chairman, Arts Council Korea

Lee Eyun Kee, Writer

Symposium Introduction: 1:20 – 1:30 pm

Viet Le and Yong Soon Min – transPOP Exhibition and Symposium Co-Curators

Korea Vietnam Remix: 1:30 – 3:15 pm

Moderator: Viet Le – American Studies & Ethnicity, Southern California, Los Angeles

Kil J. Yi – History, Bergen Community College , Bergen New Jersey

Yoon Chung Ro – War & Peace Institute of HanSung University , Seoul

Viet Nguyen – English/American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California , Los Angeles

Transnational Contact Zones: 3:30-5:15 pm

Moderator: Yong Soon Min – Department of Studio Art and Culture & Theory PhD Program, University of California , Irvine

Ashley Carruthers – School of Archeology and Anthropology, Australian National University , Sydney

Koichi Iwabuchi – Media & Cultural Studies, Waseda University , Tokyo

Young Chan Kim– School of Communications of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul

Cuong Phu Le – Curator, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Gallery Tour with curators and artists: 5:30-6:30 pm

Video Shorts Screening: 8 – 9:30 pm

Introduction by Hong-An Truong, University of California , Irvine

SATURDAY (full day)

Introduction: 10-10:15 am

Viet Le and Yong Soon Min, transPOP Exhibition and Symposium Co-Curators

Pop & Modernity: 10:15-Noon

Moderator: Yong Soon Min

Mariam Beevi Lam – Comparative Literature/Vietname se Studies, University of California , Riverside

Woo Shin-Koo – Architecture and Urbanism, Pusan University , Busan

Tuan Andrew Nguyen – Artist and Filmmaker, Ho Chi Minh City

Jung Sun Park – Asian Pacific Studies Program, California State University , Dominguez Hills

Conversations – Art in Context: Power and Predicament: 1:30-3:15 pm

Moderator: Joan Kee – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington , DC

Area Park – Artist, Seoul

Sandrine Llouquet – Artist, Ho Chi Minh City

Koh Seung-wook – Artist, Director of Alternative Space Pool, Seoul

Tran Luong – Artist and Curator, Hanoi

New Asian Subjectivities: 3:30-5:15 pm

Moderator: Viet Le

Eunshil Kim – Ewha University , Seoul

Ysa Le – Vietnamese International Film Festival; Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association Southern California, Los Angeles

Darcy Paquet – Film Journalist, Founder and Editor of Koreanfilm.org website

Nora Taylor – Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art in the Department of

Art History, Theory and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Symposium Plenary and Review: 5:15-5:30 pm

Moderators: Viet Le and Yong Soon Min

Artist Performance in Gallery: 5:30-6 pm

Tran Luong

Feature Film Screening: 7:30-9 pm

Introduction by Viet Le

Film/Video program curated by Lan Duong, Women’s Studies, University of California, Riverside

* Symposium program and speakers may be subject to change.

* Speakers will present in English or Korean. Consecutive translation is provided on the 18th, simultaneous translation is provided on the 19th.

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Hi all,

Directed by Uyen, VAALA’s Theater class is going
to perform “120 Minutes Around the World” on
Friday March 28th at Huntington Beach Library
Theater. This is an all-children performance!
We are in need of costume designers/makers,
props, etc. If anyone would like to join the
production team for this wonderful performance,
please let me or Uyen know. Hiep, thanks for
agreeing to help with the set.

ysa

— On Tue, 1/8/08, Uyen Huynh
wrote:

From: Uyen Huynh
Subject: [vaala] Help! Children’s theater!
To: vaala@yahoogroups. com
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 9:25 PM

Hi Anh Hiep,

I finally got a chance to sit down and work on
props/set and costume list. Will you have time to
meet to talk about it? I know you only offered to
help with set but I’m in dire need of help on
costume and props as well. Would you know anyone
else who would be interested in helping also?
Please pass the word along for me. Miss and
thinking of you. Love, Uyen

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To: vaala@yahoogroups. com
From: hihiep@yahoo. com
Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:10:20 -0800
Subject: RE: [vaala] VAALA’s Children’s Art
Contest at UVSA’s Annual Tet Festival!

hi Ysa,
I’d like to participate in the event. However,
I’ll be traveling oversea from Jan 30 to Feb 16.

May be next time. Thank you for your
consideration.

Hiep Nguyen
(714)423-2584
http://www.circlepainting. com

— On Tue, 1/8/08, Ann Phong
wrote:

From: Ann Phong
Subject: RE: [vaala] VAALA’s Children’s Art
Contest at UVSA’s Annual Tet Festival!
To: vaala@yahoogroups. com
Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2008, 8:35 AM

Hi Ysa:
Yes, I’m happy to participate. Count me in.
Ann Phong

—–Original Message—–
From: vaala@yahoogroups. com on behalf of Ysa D.
Le
Sent: Tue 1/8/2008 12:46 AM
To: vaala@yahoogroups. com
Subject: [vaala] VAALA’s Children’s Art Contest
at UVSA’s Annual Tet Festival!

Hi all,

I know, I probably scared a lot of people by
mentioning “Children’s Art Contest” in the
heading! No, not that again!

No, it’s nothing like the Moon Fest art contest
that we just organized a few months ago. UVSA is
asking VAALA to hep organizing a children’s art
contest. Hiep, this is very close to your idea of
a juried art contest! May be this is a “pilot”
contest (?). Anyway, I met with Lilian today for
the first time (she called me yesterday, and due
to time constraint, I couldn’t consult with
anyone, sorry!). UVSA really needs help with this
contest!

The kids will not draw on site, but they will
mail in their artwork instead. VAALA will invite
3 judges to select 30 paintings to display at the
Tet Festival. The Tet Festival’s volunteers will
take care of all of the artwork display. The
prizes are offered by UVSA with the art supply
sets (~ $15/each are from VAALA).

So, basically, VAALA only needs to 1) invite 3
judges 2) collect and keep the artworks via mail
3) publicity for the contest . Lilian (UVSA) will
be the main contact. She has drafted an
announcement below. Pls give your input! It won’t
be distributed until this Thurs. We are waiting
to confirm on the awards.

Due to the time constraint, I would like to ask 2
of our members to be the judges: chi Ann Phong
and Hiep. Would you be available to spend 2 hours
on Saturday 2/2 to judge the paintings at VAALA
Studio? I will invite another artist from the
first generation to join the judging panel. I
don’t think we will get 300 paintings!

I see this as a good opportunity for VAALA to
reach out to the youth. UVSA has been very
supportive of VAALA. I feel that there’s more
awareness to the arts from UVSA. Their Non Song
Magazine will have an article on The Rebel,
another on the Film Panel we did in November, and
an article written by our own Yolanda Vo on the
smART Program. Incredible!

ysa

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VAALA Children’s Art Contest at UVSA’s Annual Tet
Festival!

Please send in your artwork to participate in an
art contest for the 2008 Tet Festival! Your work
may be in watercolor, pastel, or color pencils at
maximum size of 9 x 12″. Each person may send in
up to two submissions following any of these two
themes: “Spring of Unity” or “Tet and my Family”.
Artwork will be divided and judged for two age
group categories: Ages 5-8 and 9-12. Prizes will
be awarded for each category. The judges are
____, ___, and ____. ONLY 30 paintings selected
by the judges will be displayed at the Tet
festival in Lang Viet Nam.

First prize: $50 + art supply set
Second prize: $30 + art supply set
Honorable mention: art supply set

Deadline: January 30, 2008

Send submissions to: 14772 Moran Street,
Westminster, CA 92683 with Name, Age, and Contact
Information for each contestant.

For questions or concerns, please contact Lilian
Bui, Co-Contests Director, at (714) 588-2340 or
lilian.bui@tetfesti val.org

On Jan 7, 2008 11:18 PM, Ysa D. Le
com> wrote:

Hi Lilian,

You’re so productive! Thanks! Could you please
add these details:

VAALA’s Children’s Art Contest at UVSA’s Annual
Tet Festival!

Age groups – 2 categories: 5-8 and 9-12. Prizes
are awarded for each category.

Paper size: 9 x 12

Also, ONLY 30 paintings selected by the judges
will be displayed at Lang Viet Nam. If we don’t
say this, people may expect us to display all
paintings.

Humm. pls give me some time, may be until Wed
night before you distribute this out. Let me see
if I can get some funding to increase the prizes.
$100 first, $50 second, $25 third. Let me check
first.

Also, I think let’s have everything sent to
VAALA. It’s because people will come to VAALA to
turn in the artworks, I know for sure! We will
keep you posted of how it goes. It’s one less
thing for you. You have so many things to worry
about!

VAALA’s address: 14772 Moran Street, Westminster,
CA 92683. VAALA is located in a very convenient
location, so a lot of people will just drop by.

Thanks, Lilian.

ysa

_____

From: Lilian Bui [mailto:lilianbui@ gmail. com]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 10:56 PM
To: ysadle@yahoo. com
Subject: [Bulk] Press release for Tet art contest

Hi Ysa!

Here is what I wrote for the press release.
Again, thank you so much for helping me for the
Tet festival. It was a pleasure chatting with you
today, and I look forward to talking again
sometime soon!

Sincerely,
Lilian Bui

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VAALA Art Contest at UVSA’s Annual Tet Festival!

Please send in your artwork to participate in an
art contest for the 2008 Tet Festival! Your work
may be in watercolor, pastel, or color pencils.
Each person may send in up to two submissions
following any of these two themes: “Spring of
Unity” or “Tet and my Family”. Artwork will be
displayed at the Tet festival in Lang Viet Nam
and will be judged by ___________.

First prize: $50 + art supply set
Second prize: $30 + art supply set
Honorable mention: art supply set

The deadline is January 30th, 2008, and artwork
must be sent to 12821 Western Ave., Suite H,
Garden Grove, CA 92841 with Name, Age, and
Contact Information for each contestant. For
questions or concerns, please contact Lilian Bui,
Co-Contests Director, at (714) 588-2340 or
lilian.bui@tetfesti val.org

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