Since 1976, the Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota (VSAM) has been a registered student organization at the University of Minnesota. The VSAM’s objective is to preserve and promote Vietnamese culture, history, and traditions at the university and to provide support to students of Vietnamese descent in academics, social endeavors, and the overall college experience.
The Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota organizes numerous events throughout the year, including food tasting events, cultural workshops, and more; the best known VSAM events are the annual Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn) Festival and Tet Show (Lunar New Year Festival).
The VSAM maintains an active presence in UVSA (Union of Vietnamese Student Associations) Midwest events, and regularly collaborates with other U of M student groups and ethnic organizations to build a greater sense of community and enable an intercultural sharing of ideas.
While VSAM activities are intended to incorporate important aspects of Vietnamese culture and illustrate its unique place in world history, events are not limited to Vietnamese students or VSAM members. Students of all cultures are encouraged to join in the festivities as a way of strengthening the entire community through fun and learning.
The VSAM also works to create valuable connections and a strong relationship between the U of M student population and local Vietnamese and Asian communities.
Those interested in getting involved with or joining the Vietnamese Student Association of Minnesota can attend events or weekly meetings for more information. The dates, times, and locations of these meetings and events can be found online at http://vsaminnesota.org. For additional information, email the VSAM.