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: email@example.com
“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 >
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
Read more about the talk and workshop at Harvard >
Selected Publications, Film Premieres, and Public Readings
- Photography and Film Soundscape Publication as Featured Cover for Lantern Review (Forthcoming, 2020)
- Audio Poemscape “Flicker”, LA Review of Books Publab (2019)
- Essay “Confessions of a Vietnamese Refugee” and Film poetry “Liberation Time”, Diacritics (2019)
- Film “The Undeniable Force of Khó Khăn” California Premiere at Viet Film Festival (2019) and Artist Talkback, published Diacritics (2018)
- Essay “An Asian American’s Language of Mental Health,” If-Me.org mental health non-profit and open source project (2018)
- “Train/Xe lửa” Bi-lingual poetry on History, Memory, and Language published in independent Vietnamese and transpacific publisher AJAR PRESS, issue 5, song song || para||el, Fall (2017)
- Essay The Slow Undoing of Velcro Shoes (2017) | Visual publication on “The Thirsty” (2017)
- Essay How I had a feminist Asian American wedding (2016)