18th Annual SF International Dragon Boat Festival

Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate had the pleasure of being invited to the 18th Annual San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival!  The two-day festival drew a record number of 80,000 attendees according to the San Francisco Examiner, and nearly 120 teams competed in the boat race.  The sport of dragon boating includes an ornate, narrow boat fit for 20 paddlers, a drummer who sits at the head of the boat and sets the pace, and a helmsman.  The courses were 500 meters and 300 meters, and teams championed through the water with the newly-constructed Bay Bridge in the background. Although...

MVNCI 2013 Coronation & Charity Gala

Photos courtesy of Jet Martell and Leo Nguyen. The 2013 Coronation and Charity Gala took place on May 5, 2013. Coronation was a jam-packed evening recognizing the Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate 2013 Court.  Not only was the event about officially crowning the new court, but it was also a charity gala;  MVNCI partnered with United Vietnamese Student Associations of Northern California (UVSA) to raise funds for the charity Medical, Educational Missions and Outreach (M.E.M.O.) that assists rural villages and orphanages in Vietnam by providing monetary donations and free health clinics.  The Court members spent weeks preparing for the...

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Becoming Queen of MVNCI 2013

Photos courtesy of Moses Sison, Kim Nguyen, Todd Fong Photography, David L. Pham, Vu Cong Hien, and Vinh Tran. Miss Vietnam of Northern California Intercollegiate 2013 was the very first pageant I ever attended, let alone participate in.  On pageant day, the Campbell Heritage theater was abuzz with activity.  Stage crew and other performers were scattered in the hallways and at the wings of the stage, dressing rooms had clothes and heels tossed about, helpers assisted with wardrobe changes, and thirteen other beautiful young ladies hurriedly fixed each other’s makeup and hair, ate whenever there was a break, or sat quietly reflecting on...

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Chinese American Democratic Club’s 55th Annual Dinner

Photos courtesy of Kimmy Huynh. In the heart of San Francisco’s Chinatown and on the fifth floor of Empress of China Restaurant with spectacular views of downtown, this year’s 2013 Court gathered together to help Chinese American Democratic Club with its 55th Annual Dinner.  CADC is the oldest Chinese American political club in the United States.  The organization aims to develop meaningful political awareness within the Chinese American community, foster active participation in the democratic process of government, encourage Chinese candidates to run for elective office, and advocate issues relevant to the empowerment and civil rights of Chinese Americans. This...

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