The Humanity Through Arts in the San Jose Mercury News:

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The Humanity Through Arts proudly presents TRACES OF THE HUNDRED VIETS, an exhibition and auction of original artworks depicting the diverse Vietnamese experience and vision beyond the Vietnam war. With over 20 great caliber artists representing a wide spectrum of age, experience, styles and media, this expansive and unprecedented collection is made available to the general public for the very first time.

Exhibition: Sunday 10/17/04 through Saturday 12/4/04. Free of charge.
Auction-Live Painting-Reception: Saturday 12/4/04 at 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Spectacular live painting by selected artists. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Silent Auction & Live Auction on-site.
Auction-Live Painting-Reception Tickets: $30 donation suggested.
Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in San Jose, on the second floor
Address: 150 E. San Fernando St., San José, CA 95112 Directions

Please contact us at 408-221-9136 or by email through for tickets. Tickets are limited; advanced purchase is strongly advised.


This year’s Humanity Through Arts is being hosted by a unique collaboration between the following Bay Area non-profit organizations: Cô VN (Creating Opportunities in Vietnam), FHF (Friends of Hue Foundation), and VAPA (Vietnamese American Professionals Alliance). Proceeds will benefit humanitarian programs of Cô VN, FHF and VAPA.


For thousands of years, the Vietnamese have been taught the mythology of
being descendants of a dragon and a fairy whose union produced one hundred
children. These mythical children dispersed to the mountains and to the seas. They became the ancestors of the modern Vietnamese. This myth teaches that the
Vietnamese people are culturally diverse, but all share a common heritage.

Now living all over the world, Vietnamese artists continue to preserve their
heritage while adapting to new or changing environments. These artists are
thriving in the modern art scene. They explore new media and travel far
beyond the boundaries of traditional Vietnamese themes and media. Whether new or
traditional, their arts still hint at the traces of the hundred Viets.

About VAPA

VAPA (Vietnamese American Professionals Alliance) is a network of Vietnamese American professionals formed to serve the community and to support the professional and personal development of its members. For more information on VAPA, visit

About Cô VN

Cô VN (Creating Opportunities in Vietnam) has a mission of improving the quality of life of disadvantaged women in Vietnam. Cô VN encourages and fosters entrepreneurship as a means to reduce poverty, raise income, and enable self-reliance among women in Vietnam. For additional information on Cô VN, visit

About FHF

FHF (Friends of Hue Foundation) provides assistance to impoverished people and victims of natural disasters in Thua Thien Hue province of Central Vietnam. Built and successfully maintain the only American run orphanage in Thua Thien Hue province. For additional information on FHF, visit

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