8th annual vietnamese interacting as one conference

Vietnamese American students! Short notice, but I wanted to make sure you heard about the Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) Conference happening this weekend, March 26-28 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hundreds of students and young professionals will be coming together for workshops, speakers and networking opportunities, with the goal of making a positive impact on the Vietnamese American community. The theme for the conference this year is "From Possibility to Actuality." Here's some more info:

"From Possibility to Actuality"

The University of Wisconsin-Madison VSA, in collaboration with UVSA-Midwest, cordially invite you to the 2010 VIA-1 Conference.

During the conference, hundreds of students and young professionals participate in a multi-day event to hone their leadership skills, hold discussions with speakers, and explore issues in the Vietnamese-American youth community. By coming together, we can achieve solidarity as one group, to collaborate on issues concerning our communities and universities, and to encourage the growth of Vietnamese leaders.


> Keynote speakers:

Mr. Lac Su, author of "I Love Yous Are For White People"
Mr. Beau Sia, Slam Poet, writer, winner of a Tony Award for Russel Simmon's Def Poetry Jam.

> Workshops:

---Social Issues Facing Vietnamese Americans---

- Me Love You Long Time | Politics of Sexuality for Vietnamese and Asian Americans
- Revisiting the Model Minority Myth
- Where are you from? No, I mean, where are you really from? | The Perpetual Foreigner Dilemma

---Professional Development---

- A Decision That Can Make You or Break You
- Ask Lac
- You’re So Irrational

*For full workshop descriptions, check out http://www.via1.org/program

> Banquet
Come dress up and enjoy a delicious dinner while impressing all the new friends you just made at the Concourse Hotel. (Dress code is semi-formal)

> Networking
The chance to make both professional and personal relationships and create lifelong memories!
The conference's keynote speakers are two guys I respect immensely: Lac Su, author of the memoir I Love Yous Are For White People, and Beau Sia, award-winning slam poet and writer. That's going to be awesome. For more information about the conference, including the full schedule and workshop details, go to the VIA-1 website here.

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