Virginia Commonwealth University – Origin

Most Outstanding Cultural Program Nomination: VSA @ Virginia Commonwealth University

VSA@VCU’s culture show was called “Origin”, on April 1 from 2pm-6:30pm. The purpose of the program was to educate VCU students and the public about the Vietnamese culture in an entertaining way. About 80 members participated, and about 300 people came to watch the show. VSA@VCU used their resources wisely, from advertising to sponsorships.

How did this cultural program serve the campus and/or community?

Origin served the campus because VSA members celebrates and learned about their Vietnamese heritage.Other schools from MAUVSA came out and learned from the show. Origin served the community because the younger and older generation came to the show. They got to see the appreciation for our heritage, while also learning the legend of Hai Ba Trung.

How did the cultural program meet goals set by the organization?

“Origin” exceeded the goals, representing the Vietnamese legend of Hai Ba Trung, a story about women empowerment and history. Origin was entertaining and took everyone on a roller coaster of emotions, through ups, downs and tears. The older people appreciated the history based skit, while students understood the story from the modernized story.

How did the organization overcome any challenges that arose while planning and implementing the cultural program?

SGA didn’t help fund our culture show at all, so everyone on board found a sponsor. Fundraising chairs and senior advisors reached out to VCU alumni. This eased the financial burden. We had issues with the reception, and the members and board assisted with making food and serving the food. Overall, everyone came together and made Origin a success.