Virginia Commonwealth University – Origin

Most Outstanding Cultural Program Nomination: VSA @ Virginia Commonwealth University

Origin was VSA@VCU’s culture show this year. It was on April 1st from 2-6pm.There were 300 audience members, and 100 VSA members in the show. The purpose of Origin is to showcase and teach about the Vietnamese culture, in an entertaining manner. This year it was based on Hai Ba Trung. Everyone on board found a sponsor. The PRs advertised well.

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

“Origin” served the campus because the VCU students got to learn about Vietnamese culture via dances, fashion show and skit. It also served the community because there were young kids and adults in the audience. The adults got to see the appreciation we have for our Vietnamese heritage, while the kids got to see their opportunities in college.

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

“Origin” exceeded the goals of VSA@VCU. It was an culture show that was based on the Vietnamese legend of Hai Ba Trung, but it was also modernized so the students understood. The Vietnamese culture was evident throughout the show, and it was very entertaining. It was an emotional show that showed the independence of the Trung sisters.

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

The main issue was funding the show. VCU SGA didn’t fund any part of the show. Everyone on board found a sponsor, and the script writers minimized the props for the show. All of the directors lowered the cost by borrowing items from our sister orgs at VCU and other school in MAUVSA region. Everyone worked together to create a GREAT culture show.