RMIT Vietnam NewsAustralian Aboriginal students boost cultural exchange

Australian Aboriginal students boost cultural exchange

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:45

Nine students from RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples toured HCMC, sharing song and dance with RMIT Vietnam students.

Welcoming the group to Vietnam and to the University’s Saigon South campus, RMIT Vietnam’s Executive Director (Engagement) Jan Clohessy said the culture and people of Vietnam would amaze the visitors.

“Vietnam is moving very quickly and people here are really friendly,” Ms Clohessy said.  

“I hope after more than one week in the country, you will have insights into the diversity of Vietnam.”

The group enjoyed performances by RMIT Vietnam’s Music Club and participated in Vietnamese folk games, while also sharing their own traditional dance.

Ms Clohessy presented to students the Vietnamese traditional hat – Non la.

Group members were surprised with the gifts from RMIT Vietnam students.

An RMIT Vietnam student demonstrated the bamboo dance which originated from the northwest highlands of Vietnam and is performed during special celebrations like Tet (Lunar New Year).

Kyralee Murphy-Edwards (middle), a Youth Work student at RMIT Melbourne, showed participants a dance which demonstrates cherry picking, a jumping kangaroo, and a flying eagle.

An RMIT Melbourne student wore double Non la while being toured around RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus.

RMIT Vietnam and Melbourne students together in a group photo.

Story: Hoang Ha