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:     https://bphtgrphy.smugmug.com/Events/UCI-VSA-Alumni-Reunion/

by Tan Le:     https://goo.gl/photos/BHNVcVqxr3eLhVqYA


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: sites.uci.edu/vaohp/programs/events/events-vietnamesefocus/

Interested in volunteering? Contact Chelsea Trinh at trinhcn@uci.edu for more information

UCI VNA 2015 Reunion Video Presentation

2015 UCI Reunion Luncheon Roster

Sunday August 16, 2015                                                                                             

Doheny Beach abcd Room/UCI Student Center  Irvine, CA 92697                                      UCI Student Center parking structure at the intersection of Pereira and West Peltason

Name / Class of OR last year at UCI

Cuong Ta 1979
Quynh Kieu 1979
Nam Dinh 1980
Vinh Kim Le 1980
Minh-Ngoc Bryant 1980
Susan Huong Le 1981
Kevin Trung Dinh 1981
Chi Duong 1982
Paul Tran 1982
Cathy Lam 1983
Lan Anh Truong 1983
Nhung Nancy Dang 1983
Nga Duong 1983
Lan Vu 1983
Thuy-Hien Nguyen 1983
Tram Ngoc Phan 1983
Can Nguyen 1983
Tuan Nguyen 1983
Oanh Tran 1984
Linh Phan 1984
Yen Duong 1984
Thu-Thuy Vo 1984
Giao Vu 1984
Thuy-Ha Nguyen 1984
Ha Weiskirch 1985
Lien Do 1985
Alex Truong 1985
Anita Xuan Trang Pham 1985
Hien-Hoa Nguyen 1985
Thien-Huong Hoang 1985
Mai-Dao Ta 1985
My-Khanh Bui 1985
Minh-Nguyet Nguyen 1985
Thuy-Trang Nguyen 1985
Liem X. Dang 1985
Dung Nguyen 1985
Thai-Van Nguyen 1986
Quynh Dang 1986
Jeanette Huong Nguyen 1986
Hieu Tran 1986
Tuan La 1986
Hung Nguyen 1986
Naomi Nguyet Nguyen 1986
Danh Kuennemann 1987
Ann Tran 1987
Tu La 1987
My-Nga Le 1987
Tan Le 1988
Trung Doan 1988
Lien Nguyen 1988
Charlie Cuong Nguyen 1988
Man Vo 1988
Mary DinhLuu 1988
Vinh Dang 1989
Tam Nguyen 1989
Anton Lam Vu 1989
Khanh-Trang Le 1989
Van-Khanh Le 1989
Khoi Dao 1990
Caryn Nguyen 1990
Jaclynn Do 1990
Linh Kochan 1991
Minh Trinh 1991
Mong-Lan Ho 1991
Tuan Ho 1991
Duc Au 1991
Duc Nguyen 1991
Dennis Nguyen 1993
Ocean Trinh 1993
Dean B. Ngo 1994
Tram Vu 1996
Bryan Le 1998
Chau Nguyen 1984-85
Kim-Thu Tang 1988/1992
Hung Vu 1991-92
Dat Tran 1992/2001

Roman Kochan
Trinh Vu
Cecile Truong
Bac Dinh
Oanh Do
Trina Le
Hanh-Lan Trinh
Bao Hoang
Thong Bui
Quyen Pham
Vicky Vu
Ben Nguyen
Tiffany L. Dang
Thao-My Ho
Chrystene Nguyen
Cuong Nguyen

Diane Huynh – 2015-2016 President
Carol Nguyen – 2015-2016 Internal Vice President
Cherie Ho – 2015-2016 Internal Vice President
Justin Dang – 2015-2016 Intercollegiate Council Representative
Stephanie Ngo – 2015-2016 Secretary
Martin Pham – 2015-2016 Activities Coordinator
Anthony Vu – 2014-2015 President
Jennifer Le – 2014-2015 Secretary
Rachelle Trinh – 2014-2015 Community Outreach Chair
Jessie Vu – 2014-2015 Sponsorship Chair
Kevin Zhu – 2014-2016 Modern Dance Head Captain
Vannida Nguyen – 2015-2016 Culture Night Producer
Kelvin Man – General Member
Jenny Huynh – 2014-2015 Family Head
Bao Pham – Photographer