Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mai Abdo speaks to AALEAD youth at Eden Center

Thanks to one of our energetic Board members, Ban Tran, students were invited to Eden Center to see the Smithsonian Exhibit there and also hear Mai Abdo's personal story.

Students view the "Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon" exhibit and also watched a short video clip about who Vietnamese Americans are today.

Ban Tran and Mai Abdo, both Vietnamese refugees, share about their experiences being moved from Vietnam to Guam and ultimately to the United States. Ban stressed the importance of always trying your best, telling the students "where there is a will, there's a way." Mai spoke about her experiences leaving Vietnam as a child, and told the students to "be a sponge and absorb everything you can now!"

After wrapping up the program, students headed to a nearby Vietnamese restaurant to enjoy a hearty lunch!

Some students share their reactions to their experience:
"Hey Mai! I just want to tell you that I really appreciate and enjoyed your life story presentation. It’s motivating me to be better in the things I do, and to appreciate my parents, too for their sacrifices. I most definitely didn’t have the same experience as you did. But, my parents and my family left a lot behind and we’re going through an immigration process right now. Hopefully, it will all turn out successfully. Anyway, thanks for giving us your time and it was nice meeting you!"
"I appreciate you taking your time out to speak with us. I now look at the Vietnamese community differently."
"Thank you for taking out time in your busy schedule to come talk to us. I really appreciate your story, which I can relate to."
"Your story was very inspirational. It will inspire me to do better in life."

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Mai Abdo's speech at Eden Center was praised by commenters for its positive impact on the audience. The review comments encourage community engagement and the role of inspirational speakers in empowering young individuals. The cultural significance of events at Eden Center contributes to fostering a sense of community and identity. The comments also encourage the AALEAD youth who attended, creating a supportive online community. Finally, commenters acknowledge Mai Abdo's role in connecting with the AALEAD youth, contributing to a positive narrative surrounding community events.