"Evolution and degeneration"
In the wave of globalization, Vietnamese society has changed comprehensively in every aspect. New values are gradually replacing traditions and young people are the pioneers who bring about changes. In that context, many people have questioned: "The current way of thinking of young people in Vietnam is a positive evolution, or a degeneration from the previous generations?"
"We are young people living in an era with a lot of changes from the traditional values to global integration. We grew up listening to stories and tales of the previous generations, but we are also capable of bringing fresh wind." Young people, though have just embarked on the long journey of life, but they embody the future culture, history, and beliefs of a nation. They make up the majority of more than ninety million people living together on this S-shaped strip of land called Vietnam. So why haven't we talked about them, what they are interested in, looking for and passionate about?
From January 2014 to March 2014, YVS organized BNW 2014 with the theme “Youth culture,” giving Vietnamese youth an opportunity to debate about how the youth are upholding traditional Vietnamese culture and at the same time shaping modern culture in their own ways. After 3 rounds of selection, 9 best candidates were chosen to participate in the final conference with more than 300 audience members.
From December 2012 to March 2013, YVS organized Black&White (BNW) - a debate and public speaking competition for students in Hanoi. The first round started on December 15th, 2012 and attracted nearly 100 applications. 60 candidates were chosen for the interview round on January 6th, 2013, after which 18 candidates were chosen for the debate rounds. After 2 debate rounds, 9 best candidates were selected to compete in the final night, which was held on March 24th, 2013 in a conference room that attracted more than 200 audience members
WHAT WE DO
"The objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment."
"A formal discussion on a particular topic in which opposing arguments are put forward."
"The act of performing a speech directly to a live audience in order to inform, influence, or entertain."