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SFSU showcases nation’s best Vietnamese American talent on Nov. 1



Ted DeAdwyler
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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Christina Holmes
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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(415) 338-1665


Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


East Coast/West Coast II features Vietnamese American writers, poets, choreographers

San Francisco State University is the first major campus in the country to create a Vietnamese American Studies Center and it now has the largest Vietnamese American curriculum in the country. For the second year running, the center brings together some of the nation's best Vietnamese American writers, poets and choreographers.

East Coast/West Coast II celebrates the artistry and creativity of the Vietnamese American community. By providing a platform for artists, organizers aim to inspire a new generation of Vietnamese Americans. Tony Bui, writer, producer and award-winning film director of “Three Seasons” will emcee the event.

Writers include:

  • Lê thi diem thúy, whose book of prose, “The Gangster We Are All Looking For” was featured in “Best American Essays ’97”
  • Andrew Lam, associate editor with the Pacific News Service and a regular commentator on NPR
  • Monique T.D. Truong, author of “Book of Salt”
  • Dao Strom, author of “Grass Roof, Tin Roof”
  • Mai Piece, a group of young slam poets from Los Angeles who explore the space and intersection between gender and ethnicity.

Performers include:

  • Choreographer director Minh Tran, described as one of “the smoothest, silkiest, most fluid dancers in Portland.”
  • Danny Nguyen, recognized as one of the seven best creative choreographers in the Bay Area
  • Lan Tran, a New York based writer/performer will perform “Lone Star”
  • Erin O’Brien, who identifies herself as a queer Vietnamese-Irish-American activist will be presenting “Sometimes I Feel.”

Saturday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 - 10 p.m.

McKenna Theater, Creative Arts building, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave. (at 19th Avenue), San Francisco.

Contact Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, assistant professor Asian American Studies, at (415) 338-7592 or visit the Vietnamese American Studies Center website at


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