VAALA is pleased to support the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Award by helping with the distribution of the following announcement to South and Southeast Asian filmmakers. Past recipients of grants from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA include Vietnamese American filmmaker Ham Tran and ballet choreographer Thang Dao. Please visit www.pgfusa.org for more information; all inquiries may be submitted to the Princess Grace Foundation-USA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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VAALA's Executive Director, Ysa Le, was honored with a Service Award for her work with VAALA at the March 22, 2012 gala presented by the USC Asian-Pacific Alumni Association (APAA). Ysa, who graduated from USC Pharmacy School in 1994, was cited for her "art activism" with VAALA and ViFF (Vietnamese International Film Festival). ViFF was noted by the USC APAA as "an important forum for filmmakers of Vietnamese descent, drawing thousands from around the globe and generating extensive national and international coverage." In accepting the award, Ysa remarked that it was through VAALA's artistic endeavors that "we were able to tell our stories that have been forgotten in the mainstream media. We were able to claim these stories, our history, and were able to do so thanks to the arts. This is important for our young Vietnamese American community who came here from a war-torn country."
VAALA President Ann Phong recently participated in the Thailand-USA international Art Exchange show at Chiang Mai University Art Center. On February 3, U.S. Consulate General Officer Paul Neville opened the Thai-U.S. International Art Exchange Exhibition at Chiang Mai University on the occasion of the Faculty of Fine Arts’ 30th Anniversary. The exhibition showcased the modern art of 20 Thai and American artists who were on hand to share ideas and discuss their works. In his remarks, Paul said events like this and the Thai-U.S. Creative Partnership advanced cultural exchange and closer ties between the United States and Thailand. Chiang Mai University’s Art Center and LA Artcore Center from Los Angeles, California organized the exhibition to “preserve culture for students, teachers, and people interested in national and international art.”
The Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP) at UC Irvine is a three-year project that assembles, preserves, and disseminates the life narratives of Vietnamese Americans in Southern California. The project contributes to the expanding archives on Vietnamese Americans with the urgent goal of capturing first generation stories while this group remains. The project is headed by Dr. Thuy Vo Dang, who is housed in the Department of Asian American Studies in the School of Humanities. She also works closely with the Southeast Asian Archive at UC Irvine Libraries, where the oral histories will be placed, and with community collaborators and student volunteers.