Visitor from Australia: Tony Le Nguyen

Tony Le Nguyen, an actor, writer and director from Australia, has been visiting Orange County as part of his study of overseas Vietnamese communities. He is the recipient of a two year grant from the Community Cultural Development Fund of the Australia Council to observe how Vietnamese communities have taken and adapted traditional culture in the USA, Canada and France. He will then spend a year in Vietnam working with local performers to create a new work on the theme of displacement. While in Orange County he has spoken at UCI on the topic " From Vietnamese gang leader to Vietnamese theatre: Vietnamese-Australian cultural arts," and was a member of a panel on the Arts at the student sponsored Asian Pacific Awareness Conference. He also has shown the video he co-directed, Worlds Apart, concerning conflict in a Vietnamese Australian family, at the Orange County Refugee Forum, an umbrella group for refugee service providers.