Susie Ahrens, a member of CHG’s corporate accounting team, was recently featured in a Salt Lake Tribune article about the Vietnamese New Year.
Ahrens, who is part of the Vietnamese community of Utah, spoke about the importance of the events in the new year celebration:
Competitions like Viet Utah Talent and Miss Photogenic may not sound like activities that preserve the cultural heritage of the community, but they are important, Ahrens said. For years, the celebration was geared toward those who emigrated from Vietnam, like Ahrens. But elders realized they were not including younger generations, and came up with contests to attract a younger crowd. “We want the children to know who we are and what we do,” Ahrens said, “and hopefully keep the tradition going.”