VSA UCI Gio Nam Mua Lan (Southern Wind Lion Dance) of Orange County

Southern Wind Lion Dance of Vietnamese Student Association at UC Irvine

Welcome to the Home of the Gió Nam Lion Dance

We've moved!! visit us at www.gionam.org! =)

Located in Southern California, Gió Nam (Southern Wind) Lion Dance was founded in September 2004 as a fund raising group for the
Vietnamese Student Association of the University of California, Irvine
and performs throughout the Orange County area.  The primary aim of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) is one which strives to preserve and promote the Vietnamese culture in our school and surrounding community. We also dance for the love and fun o
f the art.  We hope to create strong bonds, not only among our teammates, but with other lion dancing groups across the OC.  Gathering our influence from the Four Winds, we have come to form our own style of Lion Dancing.

The tradition of lion dance has been part of Southern Asian culture for thousands of years.  It is believed to wear off evil spirits and bring luck to whoever the lions are dancing for.  In most lion dance performances, the lions will eat lettuce and a tangerine.  The spread of good luck and fortune is represented by the lions spitting the leaves of the lettuce. By eating the tangerine and spitting out the peel, the lions spread happiness and longevity among the audience.

"The South wind represents our Asian heritage, and like the wind, it has traveled a great distance from Asian to America." - Hung Le

Let the Southern Wind Guide You


Congratulation Richie Phan and David Lam for being the new coordinators of the Southern Wind. Best of luck and we will see your effort in the next Culture Night. Hung Le and Ryan Tong are very excited to see what you guys got...no pressure...just a lot of expectations...=)

Video - When Rain Meets Obi

This is a part of "A Lion Story" created by the members of Gio Nam in Spring 2007. Please watch this as a film rather than a lion dance. The full video will be uploaded in the Fall of 2007 if you would like to see it. Thank you.

Interested in a Lion Dance at your occasion?

Visitors since January 2007