Tony Lam visited the HIPE library to give a talk and li xi to celebrate the new lunar year

 

What good does it do to have something to say if the people you want to hear can’t understand you? Tony Lâm, America’s first Vietnamese-born elected politician, spoke of his journey as an immigrant and how he learned to thrive in a foreign country while supporting a family of 11. When asked about the greatest challenges he faced when coming to America, he chose to focus on the positive and talked about not what held him down, but rather, what lifted him up. With no high school diploma and most of his wealth stripped of him when fleeing Vietnam, he had one thing they couldn’t take that he believes was key to his success — having taught himself English. He didn’t teach himself to have a voice; he taught himself how to use it and how to use it well. And he used his voice to advocate for and serve his fellow Americans, Vietnamese and non-Vietnamese, in his community in Little Saigon, California. He hoped to show the youth at the library in Hue’s Quang Dien District that if they can speak English, so many more people will hear them.

The living embodiment of the idea that there’s a lesson to be learned from everyone you meet, Tony Lâm is always excited and eager to learn about a person’s craft and passions. He genuinely and thoughtfully engaged in meaningful conversations with the young and old alike. To him, everyone deserved his attention, and received it too.


We had so much fun preparing for and during the event. Enjoy these photos to get a glimpse of all the fun we had!

Top left: Staff (Kieu Han, Ngoc, Phuong Vinh, Cathy, Anh, Nhat Hang), Top right: Enjoying treats from the baking station, Bottom left: Practicing some children’s yoga, Bottom right: Storytelling with chị Ngoc
Top left: Reading with chị Clarissa (US), Top right: Developing fine motor skills, Bottom left: Practicing gross motor skills with chị Megan (US), Bottom right: Making pancakes with cô Cathy (US)

Just like that, it was over, but it was so worth it. For more information about events like this one, please contact HIPE Team on Facebook.


We’re so excited that all the tickets to our FUNraiser have sold out! We have been working hard all week to make sure the office is ready for our event on Saturday!

Get ready for a morning filled with fun English activities and treats with the HIPE team!

You don’t have to know English to come, but we’re sure you will leave knowing more English than you did before!

 

 

  • Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time:  8:00-10:00am
  • Location:  2/16 Đoàn Hữu Trưng – Phường Phước Vĩnh – TP. Huế
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT

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Join us for a morning of fun and learning for children at the HIPE office in Hue, Vietnam:

  • Date:  Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Time:  8:00-10:00am
  • Location:  2/16 Đoàn Hữu Trưng – Phường Phước Vĩnh – TP. Huế
  • Tickets: 100.000VND (Limited entry)

Participants will be guided through various interactive educational stations led by visitors from America here to help teach English and inspire learning through story-telling, children’s yoga, the art of tea, baking, and an educational toys area. No prior knowledge of English required, but use and practice encouraged!

A great way for families to spend their Saturday morning!

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