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Vietnamese Culture Night
Start Date: 11/30/2018Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 11/30/2018End Time: 8:00 PM
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Event Description:
Vietnamese Student Association invites students to attend the Vietnamese Culture Night on Friday, November 30th at 6:00 pm at the Holcombe Hall. The event is to promote three distinct aspects of Vietnamese culture. These are calligraphy, authentic street foods and traditional games.
Calligraphy giving is a special traditional custom in Vietnam which originated from the art of writing beautifully. The custom does not only reflect Vietnamese people’s respect to knowledge but helps preserve a time-honored activity as well. The meaningful characters written on special papers have become the symbol of good luck, worshipping objects for thousands years in Vietnam. When the feudal system dominated Vietnam society, literature and scholars are highly respected and it was an extreme honor to receive a sample of their hand-writing. At that time, Vietnam ancestors still used Han and Nom characters, Chinese-based characters, as the official writing scripts, the respect for studiousness and knowledge was set at the highest place. Mastering beautiful hand-writing is also an indispensable criterion for ones to be respected and to dive in the academic world. Scholars who mastered this ability were undoubtedly famous over the country. In modern time, the calligraphy has been done mainly in the Latin-based script due to the increasing popularity if using Vietnamese vernacular, as well as the influence from French literature.
Street food is the heart and soul to many of the Southeast Asian countries and Vietnam is certainly one of it. Pho might be the most famous dish, but there are a lot more to explore. Given the limited resource and time, we can only present few of them. Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) The French may have brought with them the baguette, but Vietnam takes it to a different level. How, exactly, depends on what end of the country you're in. In the north, chefs stick to the basic elements of carbohydrate, fat and protein -- bread, margarine and paté -- but head south and your banh mi may contain a more colorful combination of cheese, cold cuts, pickled vegetables, sausage, fried egg, fresh cilantro and chili sauce. Banh bo, named after its spongy yet fluffy interior, has been said to resemble a honeycomb or a cow’s liver (depending on eyes of the beholder). Soft, sweet and moist, it’s a simple cake made with sugar, glutinous rice flour, coconut and yeast while food colouring is used to produce a more aesthetically pleasing dessert. Banh bo can be bland when eaten on its own, so it’s often topped with sesame seeds on top and coconut cream to help enhance its taste.
Vietnamese Student Association aims to introduce Vietnamese customs and cuisine to bring integrity to Vietnamese community on campus as well as introduce it to other students who are interested in such events.
This event is supported by the Student Activities Fee as a funded event by the Associated Student Government and is free to all currently-enrolled University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, students who pay the student activities fee. For questions about the event or for accommodations due to disability please contact: Huong Pham, htp005@uark.edu, 323 446 1516.
Location Information:
Main Campus - (HOLC) Holcombe Hall  (View Map)
Holcombe Hall
550 N. Garland Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
United States
Phone: 479-575-7802
Room: Holcombe Hall Living Room
Contact Information:
Name: Huong
Phone: 323-446-1516
Email: htp005@uark.edu
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