Julia Ha | Co-Founder
Julia is a Chinese-Vietnamese American from the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of Vietnamese Boat People refugees who immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1980s. Julia received her M.A. Ed. degree in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University (SFSU), and her B.A. from University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where she majored in History: War, Revolution, and Social Change with an emphasis in Genocide Studies. She currently works as a Social Justice Equity Tutor at City College of San Francisco (CCSF).
Tammy Tran | Co-Founder
Tammy is a Chinese-Vietnamese American whose parents are both Vietnamese Boat People refugees. Originally from the East Coast, Tammy moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the Academy of Art University for Art History and Fine Arts. It was during her college years where she reconnected with Julia and began studying about her family's history. She recently graduated from George Mason University with a Master's in History of Art. She currently works for Georgetown University Law Library by day, and an adjunct at Northern Virginia Community College by night. Along with Julia, Tammy oversees the creative aspects of the website and the book’s storyboards.
Jenny Nguyen | Editorial Director
Jenny is a Vietnamese-American who is sprinkled with a bit of Caucasian on her mother's side. Her parents are both Vietnamese Boat People refugees who immigrated to Virginia, where they still reside. A graduate from George Mason University with a B.A. in English, Jenny discovered PYD when she reconnected with Tammy. She contributes to PYD's blog and is the Editorial Director, overseeing multiple editorial aspects in conjunction with the co-founders.
Holly Nguyen | Artist
Holly is a Vietnamese-American who resides in NoVa (Northern Virginia) where her family settled after coming over from Vietnam. She is currently pursuing a fine arts degree and hopes that through PYD, her art can contribute to the awareness of Vietnamese Boat People. At the moment, Holly assists Tammy and Jenny with East Coast operations.
Daniel Sanworanart | Multimedia Specialist
Daniel is a Chinese-Mexican American whose father immigrated to the U.S. from Thailand. A current WGU student majoring in Information Security, Daniel avidly pursues photography and videography in his free time. His creative streak is attributed to his late mother, who was always interested in the arts and writing. He discovered PYD through Jenny and after reading the stories of Vietnamese Boat People, offered to assist in the creation of media for the project. He currently serves as PYD’s Multimedia Specialist and hopes to aid the project in representing Southeast Asian immigrants via engaging visual content.
UyenThi Tran Myhre | Outreach
UyenThi lives in Minneapolis and is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees. She received her B.A. in Journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. UyenThi has been an ardent fan of PYD ever since Julia connected with her through social media.
Jes Vu | Outreach - Los Angeles
Jes is a Vietnamese-American/Canadian who was raised by refugees parents in the suburban hell outside Philadelphia - the land of hoagies, cheesesteaks and the Philadelphia Eagles. She received a degree in Film & Media Arts and Graphic Design at American University in Washington, DC. Her background is primarily in the entertainment industry having served as a producer on a number of short films, a program associate for CAPE's New Writers Fellowship as well as being an organizers for multiple arts/entertainment-related conferences like Kollaboration EMPOWER and Asian American ComiCon. She currently works in the intersections of video games and Hollywood, and outside of PYD, she serves a producer for the podcast “Southern Fried Asian” under The Nerds of Color’s Hard NOC Media. She is a member of PYD's Outreach team for Los Angeles.
Olyvia Chac-Nguyen | Outreach & Curator Coordinator - Pacific Northwest
Olyvia hails from the Pacific Northwest. She currently works at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. She is currently the Outreach & Curator Coordinator for Project Yellow Dress. In her spare time, Olyvia adores traveling to new destinations, writing creative pieces, igniting her foodie game, capturing polaroid photography, and keeping her coffee game strong.
Amanda Thao Nguyen | Social Media
Amanda is a Vietnamese American and second-generation daughter of immigrants. Growing up in a town in South Dakota with limited resources for Southeast Asian diaspora community members, she was invigorated to learn more about her heritage and ways to empower her community while in college. She is pursuing a B.A. in Biology, Society, and Environment with minors in Global Studies, Public Health, and Geography at the University of Minnesota. Through maintaining Project Yellow Dress's social media platforms, she hopes to increase dialogue surrounding the diaspora, raise awareness of SEA needs, and gently encourage Southeast Asian diaspora members to rediscover what their heritage means to them.