***** AMAZING Teachers Day in Vietnam *****
|Student Dancers from LDnCD|
********* National Teacher’s Day – Wow! ***********
|Teachers Day begins with a ceremony at the front of the University|
Then, almost magically a group appeared carrying signs on sticks and people began lining up by the signs. Leanna and I had no idea what was happening and then Vinh, our extra-ordinary friend/fellow lecturer/interpreter/translator explained now people were forming up in new lines to take part in the athletic competitions among the entire faculty (except for students). It was strongly suggested that I join the “running” event and after some cajoling (yeah, right – Leanna commentary) I consented. The course was probably 2/3 of a kilo and I enjoyed running with my new friends from Vietnam. I won a prize as the eldest competitor. Students began joining in the fun as spectators, fan clubs, helping with logistics, etc.
|Ms Vinh and Hollis on tandem bike.|
|Our Dean, on the left, playing football.|
|Our Fishing team,Mr. Quang in front of Leanna and the |
woman to the right side in high heels, Ms Hien.
Once the fishing contest was over we rushed back to our room (everyone else used offices and bathrooms! )and got into serious clothes again to be ready for the 3pm Convocation where honors were handed out to many of the instructors by the University President and Vice-Presidents after a moving student performance including several from our department. Leanna and I were presented certificates for our contribution to the internationalization of Ton Duc Thang University as part of UCLA Labor Center’s ongoing international solidarity work– it was such an honor in front of the faculties and students. To work at a University named for the first President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam who was also an educator and a comrade in arms with Ho Chi Minh – wow! Ton Duc Tang is known as a revolutionary leader who taught literary and politics to fellow revolutionaries while imprisoned by the French. You can jail the revolutionary but you can’t jail the revolution!
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The buffet was an amazing selection of seafood, fish, vegetables, beef and pork, bamboo sprouts, and on and on plus excellent Saigon Beer for toasts to teachers, education and Vietnam. It was a real gala event for everyone on campus.
|Our Table Salutes Teachers Day|
Check out the Ton Duc Thang University HCMC website, http://tdt.edu.vn/, where you can click on the British Flag in the upper right hand corner for an English translation. Not only will you see information about Teachers Day but you can get other information about TDT.