Experience Vietnamese culture

By Sara Blankenheim

The Vietnamese Student Association and Southeast Asia Club are sponsoring a Vietnamese Cultural night.

“This is [the] first time the VSA is having the Vietnamese Cultural Night at NIU,” said Hanh Nguyen, vice president of the VSA. “We wish everything goes well this year and hope the audience will learn and be aware of different aspects of Vietnamese culture and heritage.”

Some events included tonight will be traditional dances and music, Ao Dai fashion, Vietnamese martial arts, slide presentation and storytelling.

“Our purpose is to promote Vietnamese culture and heritage at NIU and its community,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen also is optimistic about the turnout of the event.

“We are expecting about 300 to 400 people coming from different areas,” he said. “[They are coming from] NIU, DeKalb, Rockford, Naperville, Chicago, Iowa and other areas.”

Food also will be served, and will be made by members of the VSA.

“Our VSA members will cook all of the Vietnamese food,” Nguyen said. “There will be egg rolls, shrimp, fried rice, stir-fried noodles, mixed salad with shrimp crackers, roasted pork, fruit cocktails and other desserts. We will also provide vegetarian meals and beverages.”

There is no cost to attend the event but if you choose to eat, a food ticket is $6 per person.

To order a meal, call 753-1771 and specify a meat or vegetarian meal.

For information, e-mail vsa_niu@yahoo.com.