Another year, another MAUVSA Conference!
The Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Association (MAUVSA) Conference has been one of our favorite events to attend because it brings together such a large group individuals from all over the country. This year we had a table at the Networking Fair where we met many newcomers to the conference, and with them they brought a fresh take on what they want to see more of in terms of representation and conversations.
This year’s conference took place between February 8-10. With its proximity to the Lunar New Year, we decided to incorporate the red envelopes (lì xì) into our table activity. We had a wishing tree where attendees were encouraged to write down a wish, put it in an envelope, and hang it on the branches.
The wish prompt was “What would you like to see/hear more of in the SEA community?” This question applied to anything, from representation to taboo topics to something as simple as expressing more emotions between family members. The enthusiasm and thought with which attendees wrote their wishes was a delight to see. We’ll be tweeting some of these wishes in the following weeks - and throughout the year. These conversations need to be had and we appreciate everyone who participated. Please feel free to continue sending us your wishes through our social media! Let’s put all these wishes, positive thoughts, and ideas into the future.
We really enjoyed meeting all old and new people again this year! We want to say thank you for everyone for stopping by our booth and sharing their stories and wishes! Furthermore, we want to give special thanks to the MAUVSA team for everything :)