The Penn Vietnamese Students' Association strives to promote awareness about Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American culture through community service, cultural performances, and social events. VSA is also dedicated to being an active participant in both the Penn and local Philadelphia communities as well as being a place for Vietnamese students and those interested in Vietnamese culture to connect.
is where friends
is where family
is where culture
Check back frequently to see upcoming events we'll be hosting or participating in! OR subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive updates about our events. If you're curious about the events, reach out to one of our board members for more details :)
Let us introduce ourselves, and give you a little about why we joined VSA.
Coming from Worcester, MA, Nicole is currently a senior studying Molecular & Cell Biology. She joined VSA board because she felt she found a community at Penn that she could call home and wanted to give back to this fabulous organization.
Coming ALL THE WAY from the exotic city of Philadelphia, Kara is currently a sophomore, not sure herself of what she's studying yet. Kara joined VSA board because she felt joining VSA was one of the best decisions of her freshman year.
Like Kara, Kien is also a sophomore from Philadelphia, unsure of what major he's interested in. The reason Kien gave for joining board is that he wanted to do more for the community that treated him like a family his freshman year.
Surprise, surprise. Conway, like the previous hooligans, comes from Philadelphia. A sophomore in Wharton studying finance, Conway took on the position of treasurer. He wanted to give back to a community that gave him a family during his freshman year.
Coming from San Leandro, California (West Coast Best Coast), Derrick is a sophomore intending to major in Neurobiology. Derrick joined VSA because, like previous answers, he found a home in VSA and wanted to do more for the community.
Like Kien and Kara, Claire is also from the exotic city of Philadelphia. Currently a senior studying Economics, is probably the sweetest girl you'll ever meet in your life. Claire joined VSA Board because a lot of the upperclassmen inspired her to follow their example.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Robert is currently a senior studying Molecular and Cellular Biology. Though Rob didn't join VSA until halfway through his college career, he quickly grew to love the VSA community.
Born in Vietnam, but raised in Maryland and Atlanta, GA, Ton is a freshman battling the great debate of to pre-med or live her life as a free spirit.
From Monterey, CA, Ashten is a freshman studying biology through the 7 year bio-dental sub-matriculation program. Ashten joined VSA board because she was searching for a community to get involved in during her freshman year here at Penn. Worried that she would feel like a small fish in a big ocean, Ashten found a home through VSA.
Here are some photos from our recent events! For all photos, please visit Penn VSA on Facebook here.
Penn VSA's Annual Ice Skating 2016More photos HERE.
TAM PHANiel Fam Group Scavenger Hunt!More photos HERE.
Mentor/Mentee Reveal 2016More photos HERE.
ConNguyen Kiendy Fam Group Scavenger Hunt!More photos HERE.
Penn VSA Fall 2016!More photos HERE.
Senior Banquet 2016More photos HERE.
DANG HU Dat? Fam Group Scavenger HuntMore photos HERE.
Fall Semester Karaoke!More photos HERE.
Vsa gave me my first home away from home. Being one of only a few people from Hawaii, VSA helped me feel accepted and comfortable at Penn. I've made many lifelong friends through VSA and can't imagine what my undergrad experience would have been without it.
VSA is not just a club. VSA has been my family since I stepped foot on this campus two years ago. It never fails to give me the people, the experiences, and the laughter that make life worthwhile. I think I would have been very lost if I hadn't found it when I got here. VSA gave me roots. It gave me a home..
I love VSA.
I love VSA.
Nicole Phan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kara Dang: email@example.com
Kien Lin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conway Chen: email@example.com
Derrick Tam: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Nguyen: email@example.com
Robert Hu: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashten Nguyen: email@example.com
Ton Nguyen: firstname.lastname@example.org