Purdue VSA

Spreading awareness of the Vietnamese-American condition throughout West Lafayette

The Purdue Vietnamese Student Association

...strives to promote the awareness of Vietnamese culture in and around the community and throughout the nation. Our diverse group of members come together to implement social and cultural events, while encouraging the furthering of our education, leadership abilities, and growth as an individual.

...welcomes everyone who is interested in Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American cultures. Purdue VSA has close ties with other colleges and universities through the Union of Vietnamese Student Organizations. Our organization promotes leadership, networking and philanthropy.

...equips its members withleadership skills to bring forth the advancement of the Vietnamese-American condition across the nation. Purdue VSA hosts proud members who are constantly working towards creating a united and thriving community.

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Purdue VSA participates in the Collective Philanthropy Project.

This previous year, the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations of the Midwest supported the One Body Village Campaign.

Purdue VSA presents...

The Annual VIA-1 Conference

The annual Vietnamese Interacting As One (VIA-1) Conference is regarded to be one of the premier youth conferences in the country. Hundreds of students partake in activities and workshosps to build their leadership skills, increase cultural awaremess, and advocate for/against issues affecting the Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese communities here and abroad

Leadership Summit

The Midwest Leadership Summit gathers individuals on a more personal and intimate level to share and discuss ideas and build professional and personal relationships. Many of those who attend this conference make their way to the Annual VIA-1 conference, where individuals will be able to connect with old friends and new faces.

The Miss Asia Cultural Pageant

The Miss Asia Cultural Pageant is a way for the Asian student community to spread its uniquely beautiful Asian culture. The show consists of pageant events as well as cultural group performances! This event alternates every year between the female pageant (Miss Asia) and the male showcase (Mr. Asia).

The Taste of Asia

Come and take your lunch break at Taste of Asia, where you'll be able to try several specialty Asian dishes! Volunteers from multiple respective Asian student associations will serve you a plethora of unique dishes specific to each culture. Who knows? You might find your next favorite food here!

Winter Formal

Come enjoy performances, dancing and desserts at the annual Winter Formal! All are welcome at this themed formal, for it is a school-wide event. It does not matter if you're single or if you're in a relationship, come enjoy a night with us!

Spring Roll Nights

Come and help make one of the most popular Vietamese dishes; spring rolls! What better way to have dinner than by socializing with other VSA members? All ingredients are provided to help you start rolling your own spring rolls!

Purdue VSA 2014-2015 Executive Board

Nathan Giang

Mechanical Engineering Technology


Hi guys! My name is Nathan Giang and I was born and raised in the great state of Indiana in the little town of Fort Wayne. I am a member of Phi Kappa Psi, a Greek affiliated fraternity, and am part of the Class of 2017, where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

I come from a family of mostly girls, with my immediate family consisting of three little sisters. I consider myself to be of full Vietnamese decent, however if you want to get technical, I have some Chinese decent in me as well! My favorite Vietnamese dish is Pho (of course). I love to work out and get to know and meet new people, while also embracing my own culture and have a willingness to learn about other cultures as well!

Louis Thibault

Mechanical Engineering


Hello everyone! My name is Louis Thibault and I was born in France and immigrated to the United States with my parents when I was two years old. I am a part of the Class of 2017, where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering.

Growing up, I always affiliated more with my French heritage due to the place of my birth and my native language that I spoke at home. I visited Vietnam for the first time in 2005 and fell in love with the other half of my culture. From then on, I have always tried to seek opportunities to learn more about the Vietnamese culture, which was why I joined Purdue VSA. I envision Purdue VSA to be a place where its members can embrace the beautiful Vietnamese culture and continue to build healthy relationships within a supportive community. I look forward to the achievements and progress for Purdue VSA!

Sue Pak



Hi! My name is Sue Pak and I am from South Korea, but grew up in Indiana. I am currently enrolled in the Pre-Pharmacy program at Purdue which makes me Class of 2019.

I spend most of my free time playing piano, reading, drawing and playing video games!

Alyssa Vogelgesang

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences


Hey guys! My name is Alyssa Vogelgesang and I am from Fishers, Indiana. I am a part of the Class of 2017, where I am majoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

As far as hobbies go, I love to eat, play video games and chill outside. VSA has become a second family to me and I invite you to share that experience with me! I am a (pretty) nice and caring person, so if you ever need help with anything, feel free to come and talk with me!

P.S. If you ever need to get on my good side for whatever reason, just remember, the basis of a good friendship begins with food.

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