Most Outstanding Cultural Program Nomination: University of Florida VSO – Tet Cultural Show
Tet Cultural Show was held on 02/26/17, bringing out 500+ attendees. Our committees for the show involved 30+ members and officers. Rather than having a random theme, VSO decided to hold a show dedicated to the culture and celebration of Tet itself in order to educate the audience about Tet, beyond the li xi (red envelopes/money).
How did this cultural program serve the campus and/or community?
This cultural show served as a comedic, light-hearted show that educated the audience about the traditions of Tet itself. By exhibiting the generational differences and focusing on eastern values and tradition, we become educated into better understanding, accepting, progressing and defining who we are as 2nd Generation Vietnamese-Americans.
How did the cultural program meet goals set by the organization?
The comedic aspect of the show provided an entertaining and interesting way to educate members about tradition, as an alternative of a very bland presentation. In doing so, we incorporated booths, videos, and skits. Rather than just words, we had portrayals of the stories. This draws attention and keeps the audience in focus with the theme.
How did the organization overcome any challenges that arose while planning and implementing the cultural program?
The show itself was pre-planned at an Officer Conference, held for the first time to reduce officer burnout. However, the day of the event, one of decoration directors showed up late (due to an illness), so committee members and officers all worked together to put together what the director envisioned, thanks to attentiveness and teamwork.