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Updated Oct 18, 2011
US university organises Vietnam Culture Night
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About 200 students of different nationalities and lecturers of West Virginia University joining the Vietnam Culture Night were informed of Vietnam’s culture, admired Vietnam’s traditional costumes "Ao Dai" and enjoyed Vietnam’s well known songs and music.

Addressing the Vietnam Culture Night held by West Virginia University in Morgantown of the US on Oct. 12, Neal A. Newfield, Associate Professor at the Division of Social Work, said that the programme was held to help introduce the West Virginia University community and the Morgantown community at large to the diversity of Vietnam culture and to celebrate the developing friendship between the United States and Vietnam.

Sharing the view with the US Associate Professor, Nguyen Vu Tung, Deputy Chief of Mission for the Vietnamese Embassy, said that the relationship between Vietnam and the US has been improving in a way that nobody could imagine just a few years ago. The Deputy Chief of Mission spoke of and answered a number of questions relating to, the country, the people and the culture of Vietnam.

Susan Newfield, PhD of West Virginia University, described the Vietnam Culture Night as a successful event as participants were informed more of Vietnam. She said such an event should be held more frequently so that Americans could have better understanding of Vietnam and through such cultural events, people of the two countries could come closer.

Ketlin Sussman, in Vietnam's "Ao Dai", said she felt herself more beautiful and happy when wearing Vietnam's traditional costumes and that her friends and she herself wished to have more occasions to put on the very impressive "Ao Dai" more frequently.

Ketlin, an Amercian social work master student, added: "I love Ao Dai right from the first days I was in Vietnam in 2005. I better love Ao Dai as I have more loved ones being Vietnamese".

Neil, Susan and Ketlin are among many students and lecturers of West Virginia University who visited Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Nam and An Giang many times in recent years for researches, lectures and study on social work under cooperation programmes signed between West Virginia University and Vietnamese partners.

(Source: VNA)


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