A central theme of this year's Vietnamese Culture Night is friendship. Through the main character, Minh's, ups and downs it's the people around him that shape his experiences. As the date for our show is approaching we've reached one of the most treasured times in VCN season. The long practices, the very-necessary boba runs, and the endless nights rehearsing - this is what brings us together as a community. Vietnamese Culture Night is more than a one-time performance, it's months of practice and years of history being passed down. Above all, it's a time where friendships are formed as we come together to celebrate our culture. 


The Leading Four

From left to right: Vicky Nguyen, Austin Huynh, Bella Nguyen, Kevin Tran

Austin Huynh as Bình Minh

To me, Minh is a past memory of my youth. Someone with wild ambition and reckless hope. I have grown some in my college career so far, but to relive and reimagine another life in a different path gives me a new perspective on the idea of hope and following your dreams.

Bella Nguyen as Hạ Linh

I think what intrigued me about Linh’s character was how perfectly traditional she is. Her embodiment of simplicity and innocence in respect to the realities of the world reminisces an adolescent phase in our lives that we can relate to.

Vicky Nguyen as Vũ Vy

I really like my character because she’s very daring and rebellious. Unlike the perfect ideals of summer, she symbolizes the season of rain. She’s different and carefree, and knows that life isn’t about trying to be perfect, and instead is about realizing the beauty in the flaws of life. She gets people to think about the choices they make and shows them a new side to living and looking at life. I feel like she doesn’t like to go with what’s safe, and she definitely likes to go outside of her comfort zone, and I definitely relate to her in that way.

Kevin Tran as Huy

I think we all have someone in our lives that we always seem to compare ourselves to, no matter how much we try not to. I can study 100x more than someone else, but always seem to do worse. I tear myself apart because of it. I’ve gone through what Huy goes through: fixating on my scores, thinking that those numbers will guide me to what my parents call ‘success.’ But there’s so much more to life.