Sunday, June 24, 2012

VVA and Civic Engagement at the First Vietnamese Cultural Heritage Festival in Virginia

On June 23, 2012, Voice of Vietnamese Americans participated in the First Vietnamese American Cultural Heritage Festival held at George Mason University, Virginia. VVA reached out to about ten thousands of Vietnamese Americans in the Metropolitan area to promote civic engagement, community organizing, and capacity building.

This year, Voice of Vietnamese Americans strongly encourages our people to register to vote, to understand the issues pertinent to Vietnamese Americans and Asian Americans, to know the platform of each candidate, and to cast the vote for the best public interests.

At the VietFest on June 23, VVA registered Vietnamese Americans to vote, and provided opportunity for Vietnamese Americans to voice their concerns in Education and the National Interests in alignment with maritime sovereignty of both the United States and Vietnam. Petition to keep Stafford Student Loan interest rate low was signed by many Vietnamese Americans attending the festival. Simultaneously, petition to the US Congress for ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea also was signed by many attendees.

Voice of Vietnamese Americans applauds and congratulates the successful First Vietnamese American Cultural Heritage Festival in Virginia. We thank all the sponsors, the organizing committee, all volunteers, and all participants for a very upbeat event.

Vietnamese Americans look forward to a stronger impact of VietFest in many years to come.



  1. I like your points; I recently joined as a newspaper correspondent & want to write an article on Charles Wang . This is the summary of him; he started his career at early age, now he is the co-founder of Computer Associates International, Inc. (later renamed to CA, Inc., then CA Technologies) and owner of the New York Islanders ice hockey team and their AHL affiliates, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also donated over $50 million dollars to the State University of New York at Stony Brook for the construction of the Charles B. Wang Center. Is there anting else I am missing?

  2. It was great meeting leaders of VVA at the festival. A similar effort has been forged here in Washington State - by the members of the Vietnamese Community Leadership Institute (VCLI). Let's continue to stay in touch and engaged to share our experience, knowledge and ideas on how to get more Vietnamese Americans involved in the civic process. VCLI has a facebook page - please visit and share your perspective with us. We can learn a lot from your thoughts.!/SVCLI