Culture Night The Experience of the Year!

what we do

Culture Night

Culture Night is SVSA's spring showcase of our Vietnamese heritage and culture through performing arts. This performance consists of a main storyline as well as a fashion show, singing, and various forms of dance. Dances from previous years include Vietnamese hat dance, fan dance, contemporary dance, couples dance, lyrical dance, ribbons dance, hip hop dance, and bamboo dance. Recently, we have also tried to incorporate more themes related to Vietnamese-American identity and Vietnamese history into our show.

In the end, it’s more than just an end-of-the-year production -- it's a way to bring people together in our community and bond as we pour our hearts and souls into something we truly care about.


Cali Nguyen

Senior

Hello hello! I'm Cali, a senior majoring in Biomechanical Engineering and minoring in Japanese. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, but recently spent half a year abroad in Japan.

I joined SVSA my freshman year and have stuck around ever since. Before serving as this year’s Culture Night Director, I was SVSA’s Co-Chair, a Culture Night Director, and a Frosh Intern!

When I’m not in class (or maybe I should say instead of class lmao) or sleeping (rare), you’ll most likely find me at Starbucks struggling to finish my psets, creating material for SVSA/MLH, exploring the world of vlogging, or rewatching MLH dance videos while enjoying a Mango Black Tea Lemonade or Iced Caramel Macchiato (or both). I have also been known to obsess about the following things: Mango Green Tea Creama (from Sharetea), chicken wings (especially if it’s from Bonchon), egg-related products (aka Gudetama is life), and brows.

I guess I’ll end this by saying how SVSA means the world to me and shamelessly plugging my social media accounts? LOL.

Creative Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/createwithcali/
Food Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/foodwithfornia/
Blog/Portfolio: https://calinguyen.wordpress.com
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXcfgpXO60BN1jf5yZSSvVA


Hung The Nguyen

Sophomore

I'm from Sugar Land, Texas.

Fun things related to me include freeline skates, ice cream (if I ever turn down ice cream, something is very very wrong), climbing things (I want to go rooftopping more), and Overwatch (I'm not v. good though.) I do other cool things too, like 3D printing, DIYing electronics, etc.

Not fun things related to me include my GPA, my love life, and low quality graphics (exception: pictures of my face.)

I'm a silly person on the internet.


James Thieu

Sophomore

Hi! My name is James Thieu and I'm an upcoming sophomore hailing from Little Saigon in Westminster, CA. Currently, I'm an Electrical Engineering major, which will hopefully get me on the path to working on sustainable technology systems such as Hyperloop.

In the same vein of sustainability, I enjoy gardening and would be happy to show you around the dining hall gardens any time! My other hobbies include learning about military history and philosophy, singing, watching anime, and playing video games.

After serving as a frosh intern for Culture Night and being one of the lead actors last year, I became a Culture Night Director to make sure that the story of Little Saigon is told. Growing up, I didn't really engage in depth with Vietnamese culture, so joining SVSA was a great opportunity for me to explore my heritage. Feel free to talk to me if you ever want to learn more about the unique experience of growing up in a Vietnamese majority community!