Joint OneVietnam Network

Dear Friends,

I am proud to share with you that VietAID has been chosen to participate in OneVietnam Network’s First Challenge online fundraiser. This is a good opportunity for VietAID to be part of a great network of like-minded people interested in helping to build communities. OneVietnam Network was supported by the Ford Foundation and has 50,000 + members worldwide.

Many of you have financially supported VietAID over the years; so I’m quite reluctant to ask you for your money again. VietAID and I have been blessed by your generosity. We are very grateful.

One Vietnam Online Challenge is quite simple. If VietAID receives at least 50 donations by midnight, November 12th, we will earn a permanent spot on OneVietnam Network’s list of nonprofit organizations that it supports. A person can make as many donations as he/she wants as long as it is $1 or more. Just one dollar will count. Thus, if you have donated to VietAID in the past, and still can spare one more dollar, please consider us. If you have not donated to us, please consider to give VietAID $1 now. Your $1 dollar will go a long way to help VietAID help our community.

Feel free to donate in any amount. To donate, click on link:

Nam Pham
Executive Director

ExpressingBoston: Information Session on Tuesday, November 13 from 6:00-7:30 pm at Viet-AID

ExpressingBoston is a new initiative that will uplift the identities and cultural art forms of Boston’s over 140 ethnic communities through cultural flash mobs that embed arts into daily life across all of the city’s neighborhoods. This initiative is a small grants opportunity for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Don’t consider yourself an artist?
Don’t have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal sponsor?
That’s okay! ExpressingBoston is open to everyone.

Want to learn more about applying for or participating in ExpressingBoston?

Tuesday, November 13
6:00-7:30 pm

42 Charles Street, Suite E
Dorchester, 02122

Cultural Flash Mob (noun):A person or group of people who assemble suddenly in a place, perform an unexpected and coordinated act for a brief time, and then disperse, for the purpose of cultural expression. Flash mobs are often organized via internet communications or social media. A cultural flash mob can take an endless number of forms.
While we cannot imagine all of the possibilities for a cultural flash mob, here are some examples of what one can look like:

  • A presentation of traditional Vietnamese dance in front of the Strand Theatre in Upham’s Corner organized by a Vietnamese-American dance company. Participants include members of the dance company’s network who learned the dance through a YouTube video that was shared via Facebook prior to the presentation of the cultural flash mob.
  • A temporary photography exhibit in the Boston Common about the Puerto Rican immigrant experience. The installation includes a blank canvas that invites passersby to write about or depict their own immigration stories that then also become part of the exhibit.
  • An interpretation of a sword-fight scene from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by two Haitian-American teenagers who perform in Haitian-Creole on a subway platform.

These random acts of culture will diversify the types of art created and presented in Boston while challenging normalized notions of what qualifies as art, who can create art, where art should be exhibited, and how audiences should engage with art.

The sky’s the limit! We need you to imagine and propose all of the infinite possibilities for a cultural flash mob

Public Safety Meeting on 10/15/2012