multimedia storyteller. placekeeping artist. social media scholar. cultural worker.

Người Mỹ Gốc Việt | Based in PDX | Interests: ancestral knowledge, socially engaged art, the world wide web, community-powered safety/sanctuary, playfulness, rage, magic, & altars.

Animal Crossing as a Digital Altar
From October to December 2021, I will be exploring animal crossing as a digital altar through island tour interviews. Watch streams live here: www.twitch.tv/digitalaltar | Find my archive here: tinyurl.com/digitalaltararchive
Mural at O82
From Sept 2021 to Aug 2022, I will be working on a socially engaged mural project at Orchards of 82nd (O82) with my collaborator, Paola De La Cruz, supported by Mural Arts Philadelphia and APANO. Updates will be documented here!
Youth for Parkrose
O82 X APANO
Since February 2020, I have organized with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) and the Orchards of 82nd (O82), APANO’s neighbor and an affordable housing unit ran by Rose CDC. I started as a Cultural Work Intern funded by Reed College. Then I became a Cultural Work Volunteer and a lead for the O82 Curatorial Committee. This involved creating online zine caring packages and conducting admin work for APANO’s Arts and Media Project (AMP). It also involved leading and collaborating on exhibits within the O82 and APANO shared spaces. This page will continue to be updated but you can still see my past works here.
Black History Sites
For summer 2020, I designed and organized for Indow Windows as an Emerging Leaders PDX intern. My creative projects focused on unpacking the field of rich and white historic preservationists. One of my projects involved researching, illustrating, and mapping 10 Black History Sites in Portland. Another project involved recruiting 20+ artists and curating their works for Indow’s Window Zine. Lastly, I interviewed The National Trust for Historic Preservation on community engagement and place saving. All of these works are seen here.
SEEDS
From 2018 to 2020, I worked for and organized with Reed College's SEEDS (Students for Education, Equity, and Direct Service) program. They build mutually beneficial relationships within the Portland community to foster sustainable and positive change. They are committed to enhancing the academic mission and supporting Reed students in developing tools for self-reflection and passion for lifelong community engagement. I created marketing strategies, art engagement activities, and organized volunteers for Liberation Literacy, APANO, and Asians for Black Lives. Here, you can view my graphics, videos, and art activities.
Receipts Journal
From April 2018 to March 2019, Receipts was the monthly journal for and by students, faculty, staff, and alumni of color at Reed College. This was a space where people of color did not have to prove anything through their work, where they do not need external affirmations to legitimize their work, and where the realities of each individual navigating a predominantly white institution were amplified and recognized through their creative and critical works. I was a co-founder and organizer. Here, you can view my designs, photos, and writings.
First Gen Celebration
In November 2018, Reed College's Office for Inclusive Community and Office for Institutional Diversity hosted a month to celebrate first-generation students including current students, staff, and faculty. I was an artist/curator and interviewed 20 community members. Objects included are postcards, social media graphics, and posters.
#IMMIGRAD
For summer 2018, as a C3 Fellow for UC Berkeley’s Digital Humanities Department, I conducted graduate-level research to understand the debates of social media powered activism (also known as clicktivism). I utilized Max QDA to collect and code Instagram (an image-based platform) data which is less frequently studied compared to predominately text-based platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Below shows a snapshot of my research as presented for the fourth C3 Summit at Middlebury College.
The Triangle
From 2013 to 2016, as a student, I worked for Columbus North High School’s news magazine The Triangle. My passion for during! and after-school youth-led creative programming started here. CNHS Media taught me how to lead projects, build my portfolio, be an active community member, and be a multimedia storyteller. My work produced with CNHS Media opened many doors for me to start my career as a creative. In 2016, I was one of the finalists for Indiana Student Journalist of the Year. I was also granted the Marshall/Gordon Memorial Scholarship and Samuel Simmermaker Scholarship which paid for my first two years of undergraduate studies. Then I experienced the opportunity to be an editorial assistant at Bitch Media and reporter for USA Today College. Here, you can view my designs, photos, and writings.