Suboi concert in Brooklyn – Discover Vietnamese (and English) rap from Vietnamese artist


Raised in Saigon, where she currently resides, Suboi is the first Vietnamese female rapper to become successful in her country. She became a fan of hip hop music at the age of 14 and improved her English by listening and rapping along to famous American rappers such as Eminem and Will Smith. Today, she has over 1,000,000 fans on Facebook and has performed in front of tens of thousands of people in her native Vietnam. She has been featured in The Guardian, CNN, and most recently in Forbes Vietnam’s “30 under 30″ list. In March 2015, she will be touring the United States for the first time ever which will take her to major cities such as New York City, the birthplace of hip hop, San Francisco at CAAMFest, and a showcasing performance at this year’s SXSW Music Festival, the largest music festival of its kind in the world and where she will be the first Vietnamese artist ever to perform.

Trang Anh Hang Lam, better known as Suboi, is a 25 year-old Vietnamese rapper and is the first Vietnamese female rapper to become successful in her country. Raised in Saigon, she became a fan of hip hop music at the age of 14 and improved her English by listening and rapping along to famous American rappers such as Eminem and Snoop Dogg. From those artists she learned the craft of introspective lyrics and a versatile flow. Other American giants like Kendrick Lamar, Erykah Badu, and Aaliyah also influenced her content and her sound. Suboi, who still resides in Saigon, raps about the daily triumphs and struggles of living in Vietnam. In a country where censorship is the norm, she delivers her message, rapping in both English and Vietnamese, to a global fan base. That fire and passion makes one of the first female Vietnamese rappers, and one of the most progressive artists in her country.

March 26th, 9 PM
New York, NY
Venue: Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, New York, NY 11211 [BROOKLYN]
$10/$12 DAY OF SHOW

Múa Tây Nguyên performance for Tết: Bronx Museum February 28, 2015

Hi, thank you for your patience!  Here are some pictures of the múa performance at the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts, hosted by Mekong NYC where VHC/DVL performed.  Thank you everyone for your support!

The dancers: Vi-Linh Dang (dance coordinator extraordinaire), Hoai Anh Nguyen, Thuy Q. Pham, Viet-Ha Nguyen, Mi Pham, An Nguyen, Phuong Pham, Ivy Huynh (none of the dancers are related)

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Spring 2015 class schedules are here: Saturday *morning* classes for adult 102, 202; Mon 101 evening classes, Wed 201 evening classes

Dear Students,

On February 7, Saturday classes for beginner adults (102) and intermediate adults (202) are now held in the morning, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Tuesday evening classes have been moved to begin Monday nights, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., for Level 101.  Monday night classes start 2/9, and Wednesday night classes start 2/11.  Children’s classes will continue to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The full color-coded schedule can be found here:


Please contact for any questions, comments or concerns.  Thank you!

Spring Semester 2015 Begins February 7!

Xin chào các bạn!

Thank you to everyone for expressing their interest in taking classes at the Vietnam Heritage Center Vietnamese School!  Your patience is greatly appreciated in this matter.  Here are answers to the most popular questions:

When do classes start? Saturday classes for Adult 101, Adult 202, and Children’s class begin February 7, Tuesday classes for Adult 102 begin February 10, and Wednesday classes for Adult 101 start February 11.  A more detailed calendar to come soon!

How do I know which class to take?  Fill out the registration form and you will see a more detailed description from each class.  If you are continuing your lesson from the Fall Semester, please use the same link to register this semester.  Apologies for previously stating that you do not have to register again; the records are all kept in one place this way.

How much is it and how do I pay?  The fee is $325 for adults, $275 for children.  You can pay via paypal by clicking on the “Donate” button (top right of this page) and write “Vietnamese School” in the memo, or you can write a check made payable to “Vietnam Heritage Center” with “Vietnamese School” in the memo.  Checks should be mailed to: Vietnam Heritage Center, c/o Thuy Q. Pham, 225 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011.  Please make the payment before February 7.  Late payments will incur a $25 administrative fee.

What if I have more specific questions about the semester?  You can write with your questions.  You should receive an answer within 72 hours.  Thank you again for your interest!

VHC September Updates

Fall Semester for VHC Vietnamese Language School successfully started!

We have ~ 45 students and ~ 15 volunteer teachers and TAs. There are 2 children classes and 4 adult classes. We will not have the conversation class for this semester, and hope to explore it again for next semester. The conversation class will benefit anyone interested in learning and practicing their Vietnamese.

There will be a volunteer appreciation event this coming Saturday 9/27/14. If you are a volunteer and have not received the email invitation that was sent to the volunteer group, please let us know.

We have 4 days left for our Indiegogo campaign, and we are more than 50% there. Would you please consider supporting VHC and our activities by donating here? You will ensure the ongoing programs like the Vietnamese Language School, and special events like Tết Trung Thu and Tết in NYC to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Vietnamese traditions like Bánh chưng, Lì Xì, hái lộc with hoa mai hoa đào, and an Áo Dài fashion show.

We extend a warm “Thank you!” to those who already donated

Profile of Students: Renard Sexton & Mai Nguyen from our 101 class

Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen of 101

Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen of 101

Profile of students: Renard Sexton and Mai Nguyen from our 101 class
Q: Why are you learning Vietnamese?
RS: I’m currently a PhD student at NYU. I wanted to learn to not only be able to communicate with my girlfriend Mai’s family but also learn about the culture and the heritage in general. In fact, we’re going to Vietnam this summer, so we wanted to do some practice.
MN: I’m also a PhD student in Comparative Politics at NYU. My family all speak Vietnamese so I grew up around it. I spoke Vietnamese pretty well until elementary school. Now, I have to think in English and translate to Vietnamese, so I want to get better at naturally speaking Vietnamese. I also wanted to learn the rules of the language, so I’ve enjoyed that aspect of the class. I plan on doing some research in Vietnam, so I wanted to start learning my reading and writing skills.

Q: What’s the biggest challenge for you in learning Vietnamese:
MN:I think the challenges are relearning the words and pronouncing them properly too. I know how the word sounds but I’m still struggling with making it sound without mixing with the English accent. And again, I still formulate my sentences very slowly, and I want to be able to speak more fluently and quicker.
RS: Pronunciation is always tough. I know how it’s supposed to sound in my head, but then getting it to come out the same way is difficult. For example, using your teeth to make the “ư” sound, I can hear it when other people do it, but then reproducing it is going to take some time and practice.

Thank you to Thuan Nguyen for doing these interviews.