Vietnam Celebrated – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Vietnam Celebrated

The Colleges recently celebrated the “soundful” music and vibrant culture of Vietnam through a Master Artists 2011 Tour. Renowned ethnomusicologist and National Heritage Fellow Dr. Nguyen Phong returned to campus for a series of events beginning Sunday, Nov. 6, honoring Vietnamese culture and a truly unique concert experience.

The festival kicked off on Sunday, with a screening of the film “Floating Lives,” directed by Phan Quang Binh Nguyen Starring Tang, followed by a discussion with Professor of Sociology Jack Harris.

On Monday, Nov. 7, students had the opportunity to sample authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Saga Dining Hall during dinner. Following the meal, the film “Nostalgia for the Countryside,” written and directed by Dang Nhat Min, was shown. After the screening, there was a discussion on the culture and fashion of Vietnam.

Events continued on Tuesday, Nov. 8, with a noon luncheon for faculty and staff in the Faculty Room.

Later Tuesday evening, all were invited to learn about traditional Vietnamese food decoration. Joining the campus was Master Chef Tinh Hai, who led a beginner’s class on creating beautiful art from food. Students learned to create dragons, swans and more. Hai is the daughter of a famous Vietnamese culinary artist , and serves as the general director of Viet Culinary Art Joint Stock Company and the director of Mint Culinary School.

However, the highlight of the week was Tuesday night’s Vietnamese Music and Theater concert in Albright Auditorium.  Phong was accompanied by members of the Center for Preservation of Vietnamese Art and Culture. The concert was the culmination of the week’s events, drawing the celebration to a close with a moving exploration of tradition music from throughout the Asian nation.

The celebration was sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Center for Global Education and Sodexo.

The photo above features Nguyen Phong.