Binh minh, in the Vietnamese language it means sunrise ~ the dawning of a new day.
Writing the script for this year's Vietnamese Culture Night was a long and challenging yet extremely rewarding process. It started with the simple analogy of the seasons in Vietnam and eventually evolved into a story beyond my expectations. Throughout the process the scriptwriters and I thought carefully about our main protagonist, Binh Minh. We'd say "What would Minh do?" or "Would Minh really do that?" From an outsiders prospective we might've sounded crazy, talking about this character as if he were real. But the magical thing about my VCN world is that it's all real to me. Each character we wrote represented a real chance for us to voice our own perspective of what it means to be Vietnamese today.
Though there are good and bad parts when it comes to telling the story of the Vietnamese people, Minh is created to remind us that every new day is a chance draft our own stories. This year's VCN is about understanding the difficulties that exist in our Vietnamese society and doing something about them. It's about challenging the tradition and celebrating change because weathering through the difficult times only means that there's promise of light at the end of the tunnel. We know that the promise of progress exists so long as we never stop fighting for it, just like the generations before us.
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Here's to hoping that you stick with me through this VCN journey, possibly finding a piece of your own story in mine!