MALL OF AMERICA (Sep. 22, 2012) — The Pride of Vietnam: Descendants of the Dragon and the Fairy and Mid Autumn Festival was held again in the MOA Rotunda last week.
Mall visitors were treated to martial arts demonstrations, traditional songs and dances, a performance by artist/singer and co-founder of Ngoc Trong Tim/Pearl of Heart, Thanh Le, as well as a special appearance by talented Vietnamese guitarist and composer Dat Nguyen.
Nguyen, who suffers from a visual impairment, is the first prize winner of the California ASTA Solo Guitar Competition, national finalist of “Very Special Arts Program” in 1997 and a multi award-winning guitar soloist across the United States.
Other activities include Vietnamese art exhibitions, cultural crafts and Vietnamese Ao Dais costumes. The event closed with a Mid-Autumn Festival consisting of a lantern parade, lion dance, a taste of moon cakes and multi-cultural performances.
In Vietnam, the ceremonial Mid-Autumn Festival is held under a full moon as a symbol of fullness and prosperity of life and was created as an opportunity for parents to show their love and appreciation for their children.
“It was a great collaboration with different organizations, student groups, communities, and partners,” said Phuoc Tran, organizer. “Everyone learned from each other, and as always, the Asian Tellers Alliance mesmerized children and their families with moon tales in Vietnamese, Mandarin, and English languages. Children truly enjoyed the lion parade, carrying their multi-colored lanterns and moon cakes.”
Tran said the event planning committee, Susan Lien, Brother Simon-Hoa Pahn, Hung Phung and Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, should be thanked along with the Mall of America and Danielle Dewald, Events and Marketing Operations Coordinator.Mall of America, Hennepin County Library, Office of Educational Equity-ISD # 271, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, Modern Manufacturing Engineering, Inc., M.A.I Spine Center, Saigon Nho MN, Mai Village, Mtech Electric, Asian American Press, Catalyst Foundation, Hoang Anh Dance Group, Viet Bennies, Thai Traditional Dance Group, Asian Tellers Alliance, Hung Vuong Association of Minnesota, Chez Uyen Bridal& Photos, and participating organizations & individual donors to make this event possible.
“The committee got great comments and event evaluations from the surveys from “Fantastic, thank you the MOA and planning committee for hosting this event” to ” I especially enjoyed the comedian and the puppeteer, lion dancing, and enjoyed the national dresses” to ” The fashion show is spectacular” to “Good to see the library promoted at this event, thanks Phuoc” to “Great program, please keep up for younger generation” to “Great Show, Great experience” to “More Vietnamese and Asian events at the MOA, please.” to “I love fruit carving demonstration”,” Tran said.