Ao Dai Festival

As on air reporters/anchors, we get asked to participate in community events pretty frequently. It's hard to say yes to everything, because then you'd work every day and emcee every weekend, but I try my best to keep up with Damian Trujillo, the NBC Bay Area Ambassador to the World. I swear that man deserves a community hero award. Oh wait, he got one. And well deserved, Si Se Puede!

But I digress. I was asked to serve as mistress of ceremonies for this year's Ao Dai Festival in San Jose. It will be held at the Center for Performing Arts Theater in San Jose on Saturday, September 15th.

The outdoor festival will be free to the public from noon to 6. Then the show begins inside with musical performances and the presentation of the ao dai awards and the Humanitarian award. That's the part where I come in.

Tickets from the event will benefit the Friends of Hue Foundation. The organization's mission is to "provide long-term assistance in economic self-sufficiency, health care, education and emergency relief for victims of natural disasters in Thua Thien Hue and nearby areas in Central Vietnam. The assistance projects are diverse, efficient and flexible to accommodate changing needs over time. FHF hopes to later expand services to other neighboring provinces as funding allows."

In case you don't know, an ao dai is a traditional Vietnamese outfit. It is amazing to see how talented designers have transformed this garment over the years. The Japanese have the kimono; we have ao dai.


The white confection above is a very non traditional take on the ao dai and I love it. So ethereal. It was created by designer Duc Hung, aka DH. He just recently won an award for Miss Ao Dai of the Miss Vietnam 2012 pageant. 

And guess what y'all? He's creating something for me to wear to emcee the event! Because the last ao dai I wore was for my wedding 5 years ago. And it, ahem, don't fit me no mo.' 

Needless to say, I am very excited to serve as the emcee of this event. Even if it was embarrassing to submit my measurements to DH in Vietnam so he can get crack-a-lackin' on my ao dai. 

I just hope I got my udder bust and armseye measurements correct.