Monday, April 29, 2019 Branch Meeting

International Day
Come experience Vietnam through its rich history and a
war that reshaped not only Vietnam but the world.
Come experience Vietnam through its culture, traditions,
beliefs and, of course, its food.
Come experience Vietnam through its people who have
added joy and beauty to our world.
9:30 – 10:30 The Other 80% of the Truth About the Vietnam War
that was Omitted by the Press
Speaker: Dr. Ha Tuong, Author, Teacher, Principal,
former Officer of the Army of the Republic of
Ha Tuong will give us an overview of Vietnam history
from China’s 30 centuries of domination to French and
then American colonization. Ha Tuong has authored a
book on the history of Vietnam and is at present working
on a memoir about the war from the Vietnamese

10:45 – 11:45 Vietnam and the Vietnamese Community in Minnesota
at a Glance
Speaker: Phuoc Thi Minh Tran, Librarian, Storyteller and
Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in
Minnesota, a storyteller, and a published author. She has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese
culture at various cultural events, storytelling programs,
conferences, libraries, universities, colleges, and schools
throughout the state. She will share with us the richness of
Vietnamese culture.

11:00 – 1:15 LUNCHEON

1:15 – 2:15 
Vietnam: Culture and Arts
Speakers: Sean Cusik and Trang Cusik, Creators of 3-D
Pop-up Art
Our speakers will show us some of the many beautiful arts
of Vietnam, made by the people who have preserved and
now share their culture through these arts. We’ll have the
opportunity to know Trang and Sean of DRAGONFLIES
AND CARDS. Their incredible creations of pop-up cards,
quilling, and bamboo arts will be on display and available
for purchase throughout the day.