Art Practice & Community Work


My research informs and is informed by my art, community work, and personal history. My art practice and community work transform my research. I create and iterate.

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FAMILY NOTES: A Conversation Toolkit


I introduce “Family Notes” Project and read Ba/Father 23:03 at LA Review of Books 2019

Family Notes is a conversation toolkit to help facilitate intergenerational, multilingual conversations between loved ones. Rather than focus on genealogy and the concretizing of capital ‘H’ History, Family Notes welcomes the complexity of language and storytelling: non-linear, mythical-folkloric, creative, iterative, and collaborative. Family Notes Toolkit will include a 1) field notes style booklet, 2) an accompanying website for resources, and 3) ideas and examples of creative projects sparked by the conversations.

While writing and researching Family Notes, I will share resources, working chapters, and media here at my arts and community website with posts tagged #FamilyNotes. Follow along there or email your ideas and suggestions to:


“Mẹ, Translated” is a mixed-media art project on love, language, memory and everything lost in translation in between.
Translation is an interpretive act. Based on context, gestures, tone-room-feeling of an uttered word, we create meaning. That meaning of the word changes each time we attempt to explain it. New iterations, contexts, interpretations, and feelings attach to the word, breathing new life and meaning.

“The Undeniable Force of Khó Khăn” Film: A film on the bittersweet nature of love, language, and memory.

Directed, Produced, Edited, Words by Cindy Nguyen from the original essay
Cinematography by Eric Kim

Premiered at the Viet Film Festival 2019 >

Read Cindy Nguyen’s Open Letter Response >

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Public Talks and Community Work

Artist Talkback with Susan Lieu on her show “140LBS” (Boston, 2019)

My film “The Undeniable Force of Khó Khăn” premiere and Q& A at Viet Film Fest (Orange County, 2019)

Translating Across Time and Space: Film Screening, Artist Talk, and Creative Translation Activity at Harvard

Translating Across Time and Space Talk and Workshop at Harvard 2020

Read more about the talk and workshop at Harvard >

Selected Publications, Film Premieres, and Public Readings