The UCI Vietnamese American Alumni Chapter

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!

2020 UCI Homecoming for Viet Alumni–Sunday 01/12/2020

UC Irvine undergrads open free clinic in Garden Grove

Happy Holidays and A Wonderful 2016 Anteaters!


2015 UCI VNA Reunion Luncheon Recap


Dear anteaters,

Here is a quick recap of our 2015 UCI VNA reunion luncheon.  There were about 105 attendees.  We started at about 12:30, Doheny Beach Room UCI Student Center, and ended at about 4:00pm.

Chị Thien Huong and Nguyet Han, our MCs emeritus, guided the entire program.  As with tradition, we opened the program with a solemn 2 minute tribute to our departed anteaters.  They are never forgotten.  In their memory, we will carry on our lifelong friendships with each other and the spirit of the reunion for as long as we can.  After the tribute, chị Thien Huong’s classic 2010 video was presented, then lunch and the entertainment segment started.  The remaining formal program featured the 2015 video (which focused on life of the alumni after UCI and the 2010 luncheon reunion), the alumni operated non-profit organizations that serve the local/international communities (Huong Viet Boy & Girl Scout Organization, Project Vietnam, Social Assistance Program for Vietnam, Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation, Vietnamese American Non-governmental Network), the current UCI VSA.

The informal program featured Nguyet Han’s alumni bingo game, group pix, more entertainment and alot of reminiscing/catching up with each other.  We tried to make the gathering more interactive by “pressuring” everyone into participating in game and group pix.  That was no easy task.  The alumni lost in bingo of the past to the current VSA so the ancient VSA members had to sing an angry happy birthday song to the anteater of the day Hien-Hoa Nguyen with the 2014-15 VSA President Anthony Vu conducting the choir.  The group pix took 20′ of directing and redirecting people–outside then inside, standing then sitting then kneeling, at eye level then on the chair then on the table.  We were either having too good of a good time to care, or too polite to protest this new format, but everyone graciously played along.  As a result, we got some beautiful and happy group shots for posterity!  Some people had to leave early so we missed them in the group pix.  What a bummer!

Honorable mention–the entertainment team: anh Thong & My Khanh & Diem Khanh’s Moonlight band, Ly-An, Ngo Ba Dinh, Nguyet Han, chi Ngoc-Huong.  You have not lost your magic touch as you charged up the atmosphere to the point where people slowly cha cha cha-ed to the front only to finish it with the twist at the end of the program.  That is what we called successfully engaging your audience!

So, a big thank you to those who attended the luncheon.  We had about 91 alumni (classes 1979-2001) & their very supportive guests and 15 VSA members.  Half are the regulars faces with their customary graciousness; the other half are the new faces with eager enthusiasm.  Some of you made extraordinary effort to be here and your presence is very much appreciated.  You came regardless rain or shine; and from the look of it, you had a fabulous time.  Hope it was all worth it for you because the warm hug/firm handshake/broad smile fest made it all worth it for the organizers.  We missed some of you–especially those who paid but could not make it at the last minute.  Some of you were also kind enough to inform us that you can’t make it but wish to send your best regards to all those who attend.  If there were to be another reunion, we surely hope to catch up with everyone.

Another big thank you goes to the accidental organizers:   the treasure(r) Mai-Dao Ta, the love-your-planet-or-die food warrior Cathy Lam, the quiet PR advocate Tan Le, the decorator in crisis team Thuy-Hien Nguyen, Anita Pham and Hien-Hoa Nguyen, the adrenaline charged gig hopping Moonlight band:  anh Thong, My-Khanh and Diem Khanh, the ever faithful supporters Linh Kochan, Hung Bryant Nguyen, Thai-Van Nguyen, Richard Trinh.  Last but not least we want to thank the spontaneously dynamic duo MCs chi Thien-Huong and Nguyet Han.  Y’all know that without these awesome anteaters’ support & involvement, there would be no reunion, right?

The last big thank you goes to the current UCI VSA and its members c/o President Diane Huynh and Secretary Stephanie Ngo.  You are a group of very charming and capable young people.  You were a little spooked out by us demanding & intense old timers, but faithfully worked with us, and marched your promising presence/future right along with our nostalgic past, without missing a beat of paying your respect to our culture, traditions and history.  You even managed to beat us at our own alumni rigged bingo game!  Your generation will go far in your missions and goals in life.   We are proud of you, glad to be reconnected in some way, and hope to support you in some capacity in the future.

So that is all for now folks.  Please check our website periodically for updates.  We welcome your sharing and/or comments.   It is our hope to include and involve anteaters of all class years as well as the friends who have adopted us and/or vice versa.   Life is too short and unpredictable so let’s just cherish our friends and memories associated with UCI while we still care and can.

The pix links from our kind photographers are posted below.  Please share your pixes if you took some at the luncheon.  These pixes document our precious friendship, connection to UCI and memory.  If you have pixes from your golden UCI days and like to share them, you can send them our way and remember to document the years so we can archive them properly.

Until then, good health and happy life to all!

Zottingly yours,

chau nguyen on behalf of the UCI Vietnamese American Alumni reunion organizing team

pix links: 

by Bao Pham:

by Tan Le:

Vietnamese American Oral History Project at UC Irvine – VAOHP

This event is FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Please join us for the grand opening celebration of the exhibition that will include a reception, live singing, music, and activities for the family. Come meet the curators, exhibition designers, artist, and featured individuals!

Official ceremony at 1:00. Activities will be on-going all day.

We hope to see you there! Share your photos with us using #vietfocus.


VIETNAMESE FOCUS: Generations of Stories showcases the diversity of the Vietnamese community in Orange County, California, the largest outside of Vietnam. OC Parks in partnership with the UC Irvine Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) present this exhibition, which includes interactive features, photographs, documents, artifacts, ephemera, original artwork by Trinh Mai, and oral histories from VAOHP and the UCI Libraries Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC&SEAA), as well as materials from private collections.

For more information regarding our exhibition, parking, & nearby restaurants, visit our website at:

Interested in volunteering? Contact Chelsea Trinh at for more information