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Cornell University students (USA) at Ton Duc Thang University

Another learning week of Cornell University students at Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) continues with the cultural exchange activity between students of the two universities organized by TDT Creative Language Center (CLC) on the morning of January 8th, 2019. The program is implemented through video conference connecting 3 campuses: Tan Phong, Bao Loc and Nha Trang.

The students of the two universities had a lot of interaction activities to learn about Vietnamese Tet culture, and welcoming activities of the western New Year in the USA. Through the presentation of TDTU students, Cornell University students, for the first time, know the special features of Tet in the North, South, Central and Highlands of Vietnam. Cornell University students also presented western New Year's culture and traditional cuisine on Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebration in the USA.

Especially, the quiz game between the 3 campuses: Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang and Bao Loc has brought new knowledge, refreshing laughter and touching moments for students when the traditional music of the two countries played in this new year event.

This is the second year CLC and Cornell University organize this program; promising to be the annual program for the two universities. With the expectation for generations of students of the two sides to continue to preserve and promote lasting friendship; the students’ cultural exchange activities between the two universities have met the goal to directly deepen the understanding, empathy and strengthen the friendship for all participants.

Some photos of the exchange:

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Ms. Bui Thu Phuong Lien, CLC Director, welcoming Cornell University delegation

 

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Dr. Richard Fincher, Cornell University representative introducing the members

 

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TDTU students at Tan Phong campus introducing about the Tet culture of the North and South of Vietnam

 

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TDTU students at Nha Trang campus highlighting the differences of Tet in Central regions

 

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TDTU students at Bao Loc campus presenting the Lunar Year festivals of ethnic minorities K’ho in the Highlands

 

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Cornell University students talking about New Year and holidays in the USA

 

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Students interacting during the quiz game to explore the New Year festivals and culture of the two countries…

 

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…Learning about the culture and traditions of TDTU and Cornell University

 

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The auditorium and the harmony of Auld Lang Syne (USA’s traditional New Year's song) and Ngay Tet Que Em (Vietnamese song)

 

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Taking memorable group photo