Banana Kids CZECH REPUBLIC / VIETNAM

Banana Kids CZECH REPUBLIC / VIETNAM

Vietnamese Heritage from Czech Republic. The leader of the group is Phuong Mai.

Whilst walking along the street in Pilzen, one can meet a young man with Asian features, and out of curiosity ask him where he comes from, and what his roots are. He would answer courageously, ‘I’m Czech.’ Vietnamese society now lies in third place, when one counts the large minority ethnic groups in the Czech Republic, behind Slovaks and Ukrainians). The beginning of this emigration occurred during socialism, when young Vietnamese travelled to Eastern bloc countries in order to study. Today, it’s estimated that up to 100,000 Vietnamese live in the Czech Republic unofficially. What is evident by living in Pilzen is that young Vietnamese have not neglected their cultural ties. By being invited to the Brave Kids artistic group, Vietnamese children born in the Czech Republic proudly maintain the traditions of their forebears, cultivating customs and rituals from their world and religions. In addition, an essential aspect of the partnership exchange between Pilzen and Wrocław, is the fact that both these cities will be representing their own cultural life in 2015 and 2016 respectively, in their own locality and region, and both countries will hold the honour of being European Capitals of Culture in succession.