The UCI Vietnamese American Alumni Chapter

Vietnam Echoes

Tuesday 02-21-2023

“Please come by if you have time. VAAC is co-hosting and sponsoring the reception at this event. Humanities Gateways building. 3pm, 2/21.” Linh Kochan


Dinner with Anteaters 02-18-2023

“I really enjoy the students.. the program 6:30-8:30 .. had a student from last time came early at 6pm and most stayed close to 10pm. One student was homesick and she felt comfy like home❣️ Mission accomplished!!💙💛💙💛” from the host Lethuy Nguyen

UCI Homecoming 02-11-2023

Join us at UCI Homecoming 2023 today–02/11/2023! Come by to learn more about our cultural activities, mentorship and scholarship programs! Enjoy assorted coconut candies, homemade Vietnamese preserved candies, Vietnamese coffee and other goodies! Take pictures with our beautiful silk lanterns from Hoi An, Vietnam! Viet Zot Zot! 💛💙✌️🤘🤘💙💛

“It was a lot of fun! So many people came and stayed until the closing time at 6. Aileen brought a giant monitor and showcased pictures of our activities she took. C Linh brought lanterns and coconut candies. I didn’t want to drive to pick up bánh cam from the place I haven’t tried so I brought homemade sourdough bread with 2 sauces, spicy lemon peels mứt can coffee. I was a bit worry but Wow people loved them all and came looking for the treats even till the last minutes. Lots of people signed up. We ran out of 4 sheets they they gave us and had to used the backside. People love the slide show, lanterns and coconut candies. Jenny and her family came by a few times but we were so busy and didn’t get to chat much! It was a great event!” From Van Hoang.

Let’s Make Banh Chung with VAAC!

UCI VSA Rose Pageant 2023


What is Rose Pageant?
Since 2000, VSAUCI has annually held the Rose Pageant during the Fall quarter. Ladies from Vietnamese Student Associations all over Southern California come together to celebrate all aspects of the Asian-American woman through dance, evening gown, questionnaires, and the Ao Dai segments. A fraction of the proceeds made from the event goes to a charity of our choice that gives back to the Vietnamese community. Rose Pageant also holds performances from talents within the UCI campus and local community including Gio Nam Mua Lan (Southern Wind Lion Dance), Level V Origins (Modern Dance), TRANCE (Traditional Dance), and VocaLotus (VSAUCI Choir).

This year’s proceeds will be donated to two of SAP-VN’s philanthropy projects, The Congenital Heart Defect Project, for children with congenital heart diseases aging from 4 months to 16 years old, and the Bicycles for Poor Students Project, which coordinates with schools from rural areas in Vietnam to donate bicycles to poor students.

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Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

8331 Walker St, La Palma, CA 90623Date

Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 5 PM
**Doors open at 4:30 PM, show starts at 5 PM**

UCI VSA 21st Rose Pageant

Rose Pageant 2022 Ticket ReservationHello Everyone!

We are extremely excited to invite you all to VSA UCI’s 21st Annual Rose Pageant! Each year, Rose Pageant has become a tradition for the Vietnamese community to come together and show pride in their culture, people, and heritage. Vietnamese Women throughout Southern California joins one another in embracing Vietnamese culture. This year’s theme is “A Vietnamese Woman’s Dream: Ước Mơ Người Phụ Nữ Việt” Every girl shines differently with her own goals, aspirations, and dreams. With this theme, we wish to help each Rose discover her dream and cultural heritage

$12 Will-Call / $15 At-the-Door
Please Venmo @RosePageant2022 asap to reserve a ticket before they run out! We will close Will-Call reserved prices on January 28th 11:59 PM. You will be emailed a QR code for your ticket for the event along with your seat number. Please put your name in the note area. PLEASE TURN OFF PURCHASE MODE WHEN YOU PAY
Cancelation policy: You can cancel and get a full refund anytime up to 3 days before the event. That means Wed, Jan 26th 11:59pm will be the deadline to cancel. After that date, we will not be able to issue you a refund.

Please note that since it is assigned seating all seats are first come first serve. If you would like to sit with your friends, please buy tickets together. Our tickets are subject to sell out as well, once we sell out we will close the form!
Covid Safety Protocols: To help protect our community and our Rose Pageant contestants and staff, we do require VACCINATION CARDS and NEGATIVE COVID TESTS (for all students attendees), and MASKS kept on at all times while indoors. Please bring a copy or photo of these materials as we WILL be checking at the door.
For community members: please present either VACCINATION CARDS or NEGATIVE COVID TESTS; and mask are required at all time.
Để đảm bảo sự an toàn cho người đi xem, và những người biểu diễn trong chương trình, xin vui lòng trình diện thẻ vắc-xin và giấy chứng âm tính bệnh COVID-19 khi đến xem chương trình. Xin vui lòng đeo khẩu trang khi ở trong kháng đài.

Location: Saigon Performing Arts Center (address: 16149 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708)

Doors Opens / Check-in Starts at 5:00 PM
Event: Saturday, January 29th, 2022 5:30PM – 10:30PM

Please contact our Rose Pageant Directors, Anh Hoang ( or Thao Nguyen ( if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

2020 UCI VAAC Reunion

Dear anteaters,

Heartfelt thank you to those who showed up and/or helped out with the wonderful 2020 reunion.  To those who could not make it, hope to see you at the next reunion.

Please join and support the UCI VAAC by following this link:

Happy Tết to you and yours!

UCI Homecoming Sunday 01/12/20’s friendly reminder 2 & 3

Dear anteaters,

Happy 2020’s!

To those who have registered for the UCI event on sunday 01/12/20, thank you so much.  We have about 100+ registered anteaters so far.

The caterers will prepare the foods based upon the registered number.   To those who are going but have not done so, or are thinking about it, please register by monday January 6, 2020 so that the organizers can properly prepare for the event.

The team organizers have been hustling between bouts of gout attacks, flu attacks and hospital calls to make this reunion nice and fun for all of us, so your consideration & support is very much appreciated.

Thank you everyone and looking forward to seeing all of you soon.

Zottingly yours,
UCI Alumni! Hope you’re all having a great holiday season!
Please remember to register by January 6 for the VAAC reception on January 12, 2020 and ask all your friends and family members of all ages who are UCI alumni to register too!
It’s a FREE event sponsored by UCIAA so let’s make history, let’s all come to the first ever VAAC event to start 2020 and Tết Canh Tí with the largest number of Vietnamese Anteaters in áo dài!
Have fun ringing in 2020 and see you all on January 12, Viet Anteaters! Zot on!
Linh Kochan

UCI Homecoming Sunday 01/12/20’s friendly reminder 1

Dear anteaters,

Please help the organizers out by registering your UCI Homecoming attendance using the link below, and allow your names to appear on the attendee list.
We need an accurate headcount to prepare enough food for everyone. :-))
Also, due to campus policy, we won’t be able to provide wines for this event as previously planned. sorry about that :-((.

Thank you and happy holidays to all anteaters!