After watching Isfahan to Irvine my friends on the international floor of couch invited me to a few of the foreign film clubs. I was hesitant to go at first but then decided to go on impulse. On November 17th I went with a few friends to watch The Year My Parents Went on Vacation. The films plot centers around a young boys experienced as he is derived from the company of his parents amidst growing tensions and political persecution in Brazil. I thought the film was long but worthwhile. Through the film, I got to learn a bit about Brazil and its political situation in the 1970s. Overall, it was an enjoyable experience and I hope to attend a number of the meetings in the future!
This semester I decided to attend the documentary film screening of From Isfahan to Irvine on impulse. I largely went on impulse because I was dragged by my cousin and friends. Isfahan to Irvine tells the tale of Hossein Omoumi as he learned and mastered Persian music. The documentary was extremely interesting. I was inspired through Hossein’s sheer devotion for music as he strived through his obstacles. Hossein essentially used his experiences and identity to drive him to accomplish his goals. Overall, the film was extremely enriching and made my Saturday night worthwhile.
The University of Oklahoma’s Vietnamese Student Association held a large event on September 24h celebrating the Lunar Moon Festival. The festival essentially celebrates a new harvest and continually growth. As a Vietnamese-American I was excited to go to the event to experience bits and pieces of my culture. The event showcased Vietnamese food, traditional wear, dances, and music. Overall, I was ecstatic to get a taste of home on campus. Afterwards, I decided to join the Vietnamese student association and apply for the position of Freshman rep. I applied to become Freshman rep because I essentially want to continue learning about my origins and embracing my culture. OU VSA has given me a small home, they’ve given me a group of people I can call family. On top of attaining a greater sense of belonging through OU VSA I’ve been able to help spread cultural awareness and become actively involved in my community.
On October 27th I went to Oktoberfest with a number of friends. We went to celebrate the passing of midterms and decided to take the evening off to enjoy the festivities. The food at Oktoberfest consisted typical fair foods and various meats. My friends and I noticed that a lot of beer was served at the stands and quickly realized that the fest has German origins. In fact Oktoberfest originated from Munich, Germany and occurred each year around the month of October. The festival originated through the marriage of King Ludwig I in 1810. Overall, the festival was extremely fun and I’m glad I went. I got to learn about the origins of Oktoberfest in the process.
On December 24th I participated in the International Day of Peace Walk. I was attending the Turkish Festival with my cousin and a few friends when we noticed that a group was forming at the forefront of the festival. On sight, it seemed like as rally but as we got closer to the group we realized it was a Peace Walk and decided to join in on the walk. The walk was essentially celebrating and supporting international peace. Through the walk, I got to meet numerous people who were passionate about making a difference in their communities. Even though it was a short, thirty minute walk it felt good supporting international peace amongst extremely involved and passionate people. It was an invigorating experience and I hope to become more involved in my community to participate in something like this again.