State of the Mid-Autumn Festival
In order to inform my fellow organizers, I provide a short report on the activities that will lead up to Tết Trung Thu / Mid-Autumn Festival. CayDa Foundation is monitoring for projects that are slated to be around the time of the festival that celebrates life in some way (see www.cayda.org/programs/tettrungthu/projects). It would be easiest to group projects by geography: Pan-Regional, Silicon...
How does Vietnamese culture deal with terminal...
I wonder how my ancestors confronted chronic or terminal illness of a family member. Michael Hien Le, who co-founded Full Life Foundations which aims to improve the quality of the lives of patients with chronic and terminal illnesses by providing financial support to chronic and terminal disease research institutes through the development of innovative and meaningful charity social events that...
Plot: Video Game Narrated Boatpeople Experience
Woke up from my nap with a Vietnamese culture show plot: Young man moves out and severs ties with his parents finding his niche in life, and decides to pursue video game design. He hears word of the death of his father, and upon returning to his mother, and reconciles with her. He sets out to recreate her journey from the end of the Vietnam War through an Oregon Trail-style video game, Eastern...
Tết Trung Thu Projects →
caydafoundation: CayDa Foundation is keeping a running list of autumn projects that Vietnamese Americans are supporting (or would like to support) that fit into the overarching theme of inspiring people, the meaning of Tết Trung Thu.
Most Creative People in Business (2012) #66: Danny... →
Danny Trinh, Designer, Path What is Path? An intimate social network, intended for small groups—close family or friends, say—to share on-the-go video, photos, and updates. Read More
Relationship Between Industries and Festivities
I’m trying to understand the relationship between industries and festivities. The productive industries are fairly straightforward: farmers -> produce food -> celebrate food festival artists -> produce art -> celebrate art festival filmmakers -> produce films -> celebrate film festival wineries -> produce wine -> celebrate wine festival coaches ->...
R.I.P. Matthew Nguyen
Hey Matt, my colleague, friend from the days of UCLA Vietnamese Student Union, and fellow San Jose O.G. Be sure to say hi to Steven and Tai for me. Below right, from my Flickr: UCLA Vietnamese Student Union’s staff portrait, in front of Kerkhoff Hall, UCLA. May 20, 2002. Matthew is on the top right of the photo. [[MORE]] From TeamMatthew.org Matthew was like any other healthy vibrant...
When you wake up to read your daily dose of Tumblr, and DrVy’s posts fill up half the dashboard…
Gay Marriage & Values-Driven Spirituality
Tam Truong was out promoting his reelection campaign at the Berryessa Art & Wine Festival. I bumped into him and said hi, and then another citizen came and was handed a flyer. She asked, “Do you support gay marriage?” Tam gave his response, and consequently, she handed the flyer back to him, and told her friends who came in afterwards to also hand back the flyers. I have to admit...
CayDa Foundation: Vietnamese In Philanthropy... →
caydafoundation: The VIP2012 Vietnamese In Philanthropy Yearbook, an annual yearbook of Northern California community organizations whose primary mission is to work within the Vietnamese community, has been released online at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/92821002 The printed version is still under development, but we will notify everyone when it’s are ready. For VIP2013, we are...
Senior Jaclyn Le named Newman Civic Fellow →
Stanford senior JACLYN LE has been named a 2012 Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a national coalition of university presidents committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility. Le is among 162 undergraduates nationwide who are being recognized for their efforts to seek solutions to community issues. Read More
caydafoundation: A glimpse into the possibilities of a revitalized Tết Trung Thu festival. Please visit http://www.cayda.org/programs/tettrungthu to learn how you can get involved! Okay, time to sell the vision.
I got an app for the menstrual cycle. Don’t judge-cause right now it’s correctly...– (via drvy) No seriously, I used to record some of my friends’ cycle onto my Google Calendar, but I wasn’t sure how to adjust the timing to how often it should repeat, because each woman differed (e.g. 28 vs 29 days). Ultimately I gave up and just be mindful to be sensitive all the time....
Finding A Future for Vietnamese Artists
The ZERO1 festival is happening later this year. A quick look at the artist directory fails to reveal a Vietnamese presence. I feel like the Vietnamese community is lagging behind when it comes to discussions of the role of art in society, let alone art+technology. Part of my vision for Tết Trung Thu is to intersect tradition with digital modernity; how do we reinvent culture while preserving the...
TGIF: Exciting Philanthropy Engineering Projects
Last Friday, I met up with 3 inspiring individuals. What transpired helped me revise my career title. I am now telling the world I am an inspiration & change engineer. And why not? That’s exactly what I do for a living. James Bao, OneVietnam I met up with Co-Founder of OneVietnam, James Bao, discussing the next iteration of the OneVietnam social networking platform. He shared with me a...
Language Access Strategy for San Jose
I met up with San Jose Councilmember Kansen Chu discussing my concern with the fact that the City of San Jose doesn’t seem to have a comprehensive strategy to assist people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). The only literature that mentions anything of that nature is a Language Access Plan for the Department of Housing because of federal requirements for funding. Beyond that, and...
Being part of the whole papaya
If there is a way to describe Huong Nguyen, it’s that she has a little bit of herself in just about every organization that was present at last night’s (Re)Present 2012 event, which was a showcase of Asian Pacific Islander creatives. I thought about coining a term for people like her. So if someone asks what group she’s a part of, you can just say she’s part of the whole...
Berryessa San Jose is Majority Asian Pacific...
Added two new maps that the City Planning Division prepared. It reveals that Berryessa area is majority Asian Pacific Islander. I believe aside from English and Spanish, the next 3 top languages spoken are Vietnamese, Chinese, and Tagalog, although I’d like to have someone verify that. I’ve already done independent research on Language Proficiency in the United States through CayDa...
Less Designing, More Writing
For some reason I’ve been busier helping businesses and organizations (re)write their business plans. Maybe I should just be a process consultant.