Rose Xiong (pronounced like “song”), known by her friends as Rosie, is an 18-year-old Hmong-American from Kansas. She plans to major in Public Relations while attending a local community college to save money. She loves to travel and learn about different cultures. Her passions include music, film, and getting to know people, and she is a strong believer and follower of Christ. We met Rosie by coming across her beautiful and poignant YouTube video, “I am Hmong.” You can see her videos and subscribe to her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/wonderosie
Trung Nguyen is the Youth Coordinator for BPSOS, Boat People S.O.S., an organization that serves the needs of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans. We sat down to interview Trung about his parents’ refugee experience, his childhood growing up as a Vietnamese-American, and his work at BPSOS. For more information about BPSOS, please check out their website: http://www.bpsos.org/
Tori Huynh is the creator of Hai Bà Trưng, a Vietnamese legend reimagined as a modern revenge bike gang drama. Inspired by the emotional intimacy and sleek cinematography of Wong Kar Wai and Barry Jenkins, her work combines her love of art house cinema and the Vietnamese American experience to discuss the heartbreak of diaspora.
I’m just your average college student living in beloved California. If I’m not outside with the trees or looking for food and fun, you can usually find me in my natural habitat: sleeping in bed with my laptop open from binge watching something--whether it be TV shows, anime, or Asian dramas. Occasionally, you’ll find me sticking my nose in a book, lost in another world. Other pastimes include listening to music and attempting to advance my amateur cooking :)
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