• 351 - Hoang Nguyen - Laser Scientist

    Hoang Nguyen is a senior laser scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.



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    1h 10m - May 18, 2024
  • 350 - Viet Thanh Nguyen - Author of The Sympathizer

    Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The novel has been made into an HBO Series, which is now available on streaming.

    Viet is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. 

    Viet was born in Ban Mê Thuột, Viet Nam (now spelled Buôn Mê Thuột after 1975, a year which brought enormous changes to many things, including the Vietnamese language). He came to the United States as a refugee in 1975 with his family and was initially settled in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, one of four such camps for Vietnamese refugees. From there, he moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he lived until 1978.

    Seeking better economic opportunities, his parents moved to San Jose, California, and opened one of the first Vietnamese grocery stores in the city. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, San Jose had not yet been transformed by the Silicon Valley economy, and was in many ways a rough place to live, at least in the downtown area where Viet’s parents worked. 

    Viet attended St. Patrick School and Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. After high school, he briefly attended UC Riverside and UCLA before settling on UC Berkeley, where he graduated with degrees in English and ethnic studies. He stayed at Berkeley for a Ph.D. in English, moved to Los Angeles for a teaching position at the University of Southern California, and has been there ever since.



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    53m - May 15, 2024
  • 349 - Phil Van - Writer/Director

    Phillip Van has worked as a commercial and branded narrative content director for over a decade. His projects often highlight the surreal in the everyday, combining an uncanny and dryly humorous tone with dynamic visual storytelling. He’s Vietnamese American and the first on his dad’s side to be born in the US. He grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and Portland, Oregon and he currently lives in Los Angeles.

    After attending NYU Graduate Film, Phillip was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” and appeared in Shoot Magazine’s New Directors Showcase. His work has since been featured by the New York Times, Rolling Stone, MTV, Pitchfork, AdAge’s “Best Ads,” Short of the Week and Vimeo’s Staff Picks. His commercial work has won D&AD, One Show and Addy awards and his narrative short films have garnered accolades at festivals including Berlin, Sundance and Telluride. 

    On the literary front, he’s one half of the writing duo Goodwin & Van. He and his writing partner Chris Goodwin penned the screenplay To The Extreme, which was featured on The Hit List, Young & Hungry List and The Black List, the annual rundown of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. It’s currently in development through No Trace Camping (Room) and Ramona Films (The Disaster Artist), with Dave Franco attached to star.



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    1h 19m - May 10, 2024
  • 348 - Supdawk - Content Creator

    Supdawk kicked off in 2020, founded by the dawk going by "Anonymous." This Vietnamese-American, born to refugee parents, was raised in Chicago but now calls Orange County home.

    It all started as a joke on YouTube back in '07, but by 2020, it turned into a full-on passion. Supdawk got into sharing his unique humor on big-time social platforms, tapping into that Asian American subculture with a comedic twist. Amidst the pandemic, the follower count just blew up.

    Supdawk's all about spreading those good vibes and laughs, aiming to shake up how folks see Asians, breaking down stereotypes one joke at a time.

    https://www.instagram.com/supdawk



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    1h 23m - May 3, 2024
  • 347 - David Nguyen - Chef

    David Nguyen is a first generation Vietnamese American Cook and Content Creator. His culinary journey started at a young age.

    Growing up, he'd watch his mom cook to provide for the family—from selling rice plates as a street vendor in Vietnam to cooking for family gatherings. She is his biggest inspiration, and the reason why he cooks today. He's been fortunate to have worked for some of the best restaurants in the country, including The French Laundry.

    David started filming and sharing his recipes on social media in 2020. With some persistence and a little luck, he now has a community of passionate foodies like himself.



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    1h 8m - May 1, 2024
  • 346 - Kieu Chinh - Actress - The Sympathizer

    Kieu Chinh is a Vietnamese-American actress, producer, humanitarian, lecturer and philanthropist.



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    51m - Apr 29, 2024
  • 345 - Anh Do - Creative Director and Head of Music at Expedia

    Anh Do is a creative director and marketing executive. As Executive Creative Director, Head of Music at Expedia Group, she oversees music supervision and creative strategy for its house of brands: Expedia, Hotels.com and Vrbo.  

     Do began her career as a musician, playing in seminal indie band The Tyde, which released albums on Rough Trade Records. Before Expedia Group, Do was a founding partner at IAMSOUND, a hybrid creative studio and visual artist management firm where she was a three-time Clio Music award winner for her work on campaigns for Billie Eilish and Solange. 

    Do also works as a music supervisor on films. Her latest project is HBO’s The Stroll, which premiered June 2023. 

    A Vietnamese refugee, Do is a passionate advocate for inclusion and mentorship.



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    1h 10m - Apr 26, 2024
  • 344 - Gee Q Pham - Rapper

    Gee Q Pham a Southeast San Diego native & rapper has been recording his own music since 2003.



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    59m - Apr 24, 2024
  • 343 - Bao Nguyen - Director of The Greatest Night In Pop

    Bao Nguyen is an Emmy-nominated Vietnamese American filmmaker whose work has been seen on HBO, Netflix, the New York Times, ESPN, among many others. He directed BE WATER, a deep dive into the life and journey of Bruce Lee, competed in the U.S. Documentary Competition category at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was invited to other prestigious festivals such as SXSW, Cannes, Telluride, Hot Docs, among many others. It broadcast nationally on ESPN and is the most watched ESPN 30 for 30 film ever. 


    His latest film, THE GREATEST NIGHT IN POP, a feature documentary about the making of the seminal global hit song, "We Are the World", world premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival and launched globally on Netflix on January 29th where it quickly became the number one film globally on the platform. He also recently directed Apple’s first major project in Vietnam, a Shot on iPhone film featuring Vietnam’s hottest singer, tlinh.


    In addition to his directing work, he is a partner at EAST Films, a production company based in Vietnam looking to elevate Vietnamese cinema domestically and abroad. At EAST, he produced the feature ROM which won the top prize at the 2019 Busan International Film Festival and was one of the highest grossing films in Vietnam in 2020, and MAIKA which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. 


    He is 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow, an alumnus of the 2012 and 2014 Berlinale Talent Campus, a Firelight Media Fellow, and a 2022 BAFTA US Breakthrough recipient. He earned his BA in Politics/International Relations at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is currently repped by CAA and managed by Mosaic.





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    1h 11m - Apr 18, 2024
  • 342 - Thu Nguyen + Timothy Bui - M.E.M.O. - Medical, Educational Missions & Outreach.

    M.E.M.O. is an acronym for Medical, Educational Missions & Outreach. A The organization consists of a group of doctors, health professionals, and student volunteers that travel to Vietnam to hold free health clinics in villages. Part of the mission of M.E.M.O is to conduct a preliminary needs assessment, administer vitamins for the severely malnourished population, treat patients to the highest ethical standard, and sponsor referrals to those with needs beyond the mission's capabilities.

    Every summer a group consisting of doctors, health professionals, and student volunteers from U.C.I., U.S.C & U.C.S.D. chapters of M.E.M.O. travel to impoverished communities in Vietnam. It is during this mission trip that the programs (Dental, Heart, Hope, Scholarship) reach fruition, thanks to the dedicated volunteer members throughout the year as well as the mission goers and doctors who dedicate their expertise as well.

    M.E.M.O holds free health clinics in rural areas for 3-4 days of the mission trip. During these clinics, trained M.E.M.O. volunteers have the opportunity to partake in the following stations: patient intake, crowd control, triage, dental, pharmacy, consultation, EKG, ultrasound and physical therapy. 

    Through these health clinics, the students have the privilege to not only assist the underserved communities of Vietnam but also have the opportunity to observe and learn first hand from medical professionals. The volunteer doctors can provide primary assessment, prescribe medication and/or transfer patients to the EKG or ultrasound specialists. For patients who require care that are beyond M.E.M.O's capabilities, sponsor referrals to local hospitals are available so that local patients are able to get the necessary treatment.



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    56m - Apr 15, 2024
  • 341 - Christina Vo - Author

    Christina Vo is a Santa Fe-based author whose work delves into themes such as loss, intergenerational trauma, healing, identity, and the notions of home and reconciliation. Her second book, My Vietnam, Your Vietnam, is an intergenerational memoir co-written with her father.

    Christina is also the author of The Veil Between Two Worlds: A Memoir of Silence, Loss, and Finding Home. With a background in international work, Christina has experience at UNICEF, the World Economic Forum, and various nonprofits. She currently works at Stanford University and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.



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    1h 3m - Apr 11, 2024
  • 340 - Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde - Ao Dai Festival Curator

    Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching, research and organizing interests include: Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, Fashionology, Aesthetics, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Studies.

    As a passionate advocate for the arts, she curated the exhibit Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age (2006) for the San Jose Museum of Quits and Textiles in partnership with Association for Viet Arts, and consults for the annual Áo Dài Festival held in San Jose (2011, 2012 and 2024).




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    53m - Apr 3, 2024
  • 339 - Jacqueline Thu Thao - Executive Producer of Fragile Flower

    Dr. Jacqueline Thu Thao (Dr. J) is the executive producer of the new feature film Fragile Flower. Before she entered into the film industry, Dr. J graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1998.

    She took a two-year sabbatical to learn about herbs and plants from Eastern countries and incorporated this knowledge with Western science teachings, in order to combine the best of both Eastern Ayurveda and Western medicine, empowering Dr. J’s Natural to become a credible science-based nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals company.

    As a clinical compounding pharmacist for 23 years, she founded Dr. J’s Natural with the motivation of “Do Good, Feel Good.” With a passion for health and wellness, Dr. J aims to create products that are simple, effective and affordable for all. In addition to her goal to promote healthy living, Dr. J desires to give back to those in need through Dr. J’s Natural, vowing to give 10% of every dollar to a number of non-profit organizations worldwide.

    Some of these non-profit organizations include Kiva, Because of the Heart, Handicapped of the Orphans Fund for children in Vietnam and American Uniformed Services Association in the USA. For the past 12 years. Dr. J has been very passionate about her health and her clients’ health. She frequently holds seminars and launched a popular wellness blog.




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    57m - Mar 27, 2024
  • 338 - Jeannie Mai - Television Host + Fashion Expert + Producer

    Jeannie Camtu Mai is an American television personality, best known for her work on the makeover show How Do I Look? and the syndicated daytime talk show The Real.

    As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on television programs such as Today, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, and Insider. She has also appeared as a host for E! and as a red carpet host for the American Music Awards.

    Mai was a correspondent for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Miss Universe pageants; she co-hosted the 2022 and 2023 editions as well.



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    1h 9m - Mar 25, 2024
  • 337 - Tahnee Phan - Assistant Superintendent Garden Grove Unified School District

    Tahnne Phan has spent 24 years in public education, working in the Garden Grove Unified School District. She has spent time as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, high school principal and Director of K-12 Educational Services.

    She currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and oversees transportation, food services, information technology, facilities, maintenance and operations, fiscal services and operations and risk management.

    Her district serves 38,100 students, including all schools in the Little Saigon area and surrounding areas and 68 school campuses and over 5,000 employees.



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    1h 0m - Mar 22, 2024
  • 336 - Alex Thai - Research Assistant Professor at the Vietnam Center and Archive

    Alex-Thai Dinh Vo is Research Assistant Professor at the Vietnam Center & Archive (VNCA), Texas Tech University. He is a historian of modern Vietnam and East and Southeast Asia, specializing in Cold War politics and the Vietnam Wars. He oversees the VNCA Vietnam War MIAs and Legacies Research Project and the VNCA Vietnamese Oral History Project.

    He formerly served as a historian with the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Agency and a research scholar with the U.S.-Vietnam Center at the University of Oregon. He is the co-editor of Toward a Framework for Vietnamese American Studies: History, Community, and Memory (Temple University Press, 2023).

    He is published and interviewed on Voice of AmericaRadio Free Asia, and the BBC. He holds a Ph.D. and two MAs in history from Cornell University and a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley.

    To submit entries for the Vietnamese Heritage Museum’s call to reflect on the event of April 30th, 1975, and its consequences, please send physical submissions to the Vietnamese Heritage Museum at PO Box 27372 Santa Ana, CA 92799; digital submissions can be sent to info@vietnamesemuseum.org and/or alextvo@vietnamesemuseum.org.



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    1h 7m - Mar 20, 2024
  • 335 - Francis Lam - Host of the Splendid Table

    Francis Lam is the host of The Splendid Table, produced by American Public Media. A regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010, Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing.

    For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including GourmetBon AppetítFood & WineLucky PeachSaveurSalon, Men’s Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. He lives with his family in New York City.



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    58m - Mar 12, 2024
  • 334 - Pham Dinh Hue - Cố Vấn Ngành Giáo Dục

    Pham Dinh Hue là một người cố vấn về ngành giáo dục đã nghỉ hưu với hơn ba thập niên làm việc trong lãnh vực giáo dục tai đại học Quận Cam. 



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    56m - Mar 8, 2024
  • 333 - Viet D. Dinh — American Legal Scholar and Former Chief Legal and Policy Officer of Fox Corporation

    Viet D. Dinh — American legal scholar, former Chief Legal and Policy Officer of Fox Corporation and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.



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    1h 7m - Mar 5, 2024
  • 332 - Chris Tran - Chris Tran Travels - Content Creator

    Chris Tran is a content creator and former language instructor. He's been a language and social sciences teacher. Currently living in Saigon.



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    1h 24m - Feb 27, 2024
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