2014 About Us

The Ao Dai Festival is produced by the following organizations:

Friends of Hue Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt, non-governmental organization, whose primary mission is to provide assistance to impoverished people and victims of natural disasters in Thua Thien Hue province of Central Vietnam.

Under the principles of empowerment and self-reliance, FHF has partnered with Fashion for Freedom, a social enterprise, to launch the Mending Communities Initiative. We recognize that, although poor and lacking in many resources, the Vietnamese people do not lack talent or skills. This initiative with harness local skills in embroidery, needle craft, and other artisanship; furthermore, we will connect village artisans to markets of the world by promoting and selling their creations through an e-commerce platform. With the help of a large network of volunteers, interns and staff, FHF is committed to providing a sustainable solution to alleviate poverty, by empowering the poor with the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

GreenRice Foundation is a successor of GreenRice Gallery, established by Jenny Do in 2006 to provide a home for Vietnamese-American contemporary arts, with exhibitions focused on promoting positive social change, fostering intellectual dialogues, and empowering communities.  Ms. Do curated many well received exhibitions at GreenRice, among which Calls of the Mountains, Twin Sides of Temptations, Women, Insistence on Hope, We’re Here, Poetry Gate, Metamorphosis, Palimpsest of the Essence, and the national traveling show Humans For Sale.  With the intent to expand its operations and to address the need of sustainability for several nonprofit organizations, GreenRice Gallery was incorporated into GreenRice Foundation (“GF”) in 2011.  GF is committed to produce high quality art shows and festivals.  Its goal is dual: to raise funds to support nonprofit organizations that serve disadvantaged children and women and to promote Asian American arts and culture.

GG Connections Designer Debbie Nghiem is known for her avant garde and fusion of styles in her design. She was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan before making San Jose, California her permanent home. She studied Business Finance with an interest in real estate and demographics at San Jose State University. Prior to design and fashion, she has worked as a worldwide purchasing/logistic planner, marketing,contract negotiations, and manufacturing in several high tech companies including JDSU, Schlumberger/LTX, Network PCB and received several awards. In 2008-2009, she involved in business fashion as an exclusive account representative in Vietnam for Sourcing Magic. This experience helped her to learn more about the fashion industry and to pursue her career. In December 2010, she received an award as ‘The Best Designer in the Bay Area’ from Be That Kid Productions. In 2010, She joined San Jose Fashion Week & Uomo Vogue Apparel Group as VP Director and Buyer, Easter Asia for Men’s Wear, Women’s Wear, Accessories, Textiles, in Vietnam, China, and South Korea.

Also, she is an entrepreneur for few other projects such as Oil/Energy Company-Providence Energy Group, Music/Movie for Northern Five Entertainment. She raised over a million dollars for Oil/Energy company and hundred thousand dollars for the movie projects. Her background also was a real estate agent.

In October 2011, Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Award has selected her for Women and Service. She has been invited as a key note, and guess speaker for many Universities, Colleges and Non -Profit Organizations – Her topics mostly were about fundraising, and Leadership such as “How to do a successful fundraising” at Yale University, San Diego University, “Leadership” at National Congress of Vietnamese Americans and You Live You Learn Organization.

Debbie’s passion also devoted in charity works &loves promoting young generation, talented artists&building a Modeling Agency for Young Ladies in the U.S and especially for the Vietnamese-American community.

She has helping the less fortunate, and creating opportunities to bring together the Vietnamese people through social and professional events to promote a supportive network of associates, friends, and resources. She has been a key contributor in charity organizations such as Vietnamese American Professionals Alliance (VAPA), Aid to Children without Parents (ACWP), Asian Pacific in San Francisco, Mid Autumn Festival (MAF), VNhelp, Vietnamese Silicon Valley Network and now it calls Vietnamese Strategic Venture Network(VSVN), Friends of Hue, C & Y Club.

From 2003-2007 she created a non-profit organization call United Vietnamese Americans(UVA) www.uvaus.com. Since she was a founder and Vice President of United Vietnamese Americans, then later she became the President of this organization. She has formed strong relationships with many organizations in the Bay Area. UVA helped out with many activities such as raising money for disaster relieves and forming a scholarship program.

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Áo Dài Festival on May 12th will once again celebrate all of us. Thank you so much for those who have agreed to take part on this important day. It will be the day that we unite a thousand hearts and create of a beautiful tapestry of Vietnamese American arts and culture!

However, the event cannot be successful without proper preparation. Below are the schedules for both meetings and practices.

Location: Akiyama Wellness Center
110 N. Jackson Street, San Jose, CA - (408) 753-9283
Parkings are the streets around the property.

The Sakura dance room is reserved for all the practices:

April 15 10-1pm
April 28 2-5pm
May 6 10-1pm
May 10 6-9pm

Meetings will be at the Ginkgo room on the following days (no practices but just meeting for logistic discussions):

March 18 from 11 - 2pm
April 8 from 11-2pm

Thank you again very much for your past contribution and your continued interest in supporting/participating in the colorful Ao Dai Festival! If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us at info@aodaifestival.org or jennydolaw@gmail.com or call us at 408-758-2686.

Can't wait to see you all!

Warmest regards,

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Ao Dai Festival V, Saturday May 12th, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel San Jose. www.aodaifestival.com. For tickets: www.eventbrite.com/e/ao-dai-festival-v-tickets-42953289445?aff=es2

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Have you had your áo dài measurements done? Have you made one to attend the Festival this year? Below are tips on how to measure it according to Ceci Ao Dai. (Mọi người đã có số đo để may áo dài chưa? Nếu chưa thì xin chuẩn bị để đi dự Áo Dài Festival. ) "Tips for measuring for your ao dai:
Stand straight
Wear the same bra and shoes you'll wear with the ao dai
Don't wear bulky clothes
Note the following measurements are measured all the way AROUND each of the subject:
Bust, waist, hip, neck, upper arm, elbow and hat.
Make sure your measuring tape is closely fitted, but not tight
Dress and pants length is up to your preference, it can be shorter or longer.
Warning: If the front of the dress is too long, it could cause difficulties when walking.
Get someone to help
ALL measurements should be in centimeters and whole or decimal numbers.
ALL measurements are required!"
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