Tram Le previously served as the Interim Director of the Center for Asian Pacific American Students at Pitzer College and worked as the Community Bridges Program Manager for the Ford Theatres/Ford Theatre Foundation. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and has an M.A. from the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her master’s thesis, “Finding Home,” investigates the journey of first-generation Vietnamese in Orange County through oral history and performance art. She co-founded Club O’ Noodles, a pioneering Vietnamese American theatre troupe, and as a Board Member of the American Arts and Letters Association (VAALA), she has curated multi-art exhibitions. In 2003, she was the founding Co-Director of the biennial Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF), now the annual Viet Film Fest, which has been hosted at UC Irvine and UCLA and showcases films from around the world.
INAUGURAL PROJECT DIRECTOR
(now titled “Associate Director”)
Thúy Võ Đặng
Dr. Thúy Võ Đặng is Archivist for the Orange County and Southeast Asian Archive Center (OC & SEAA) in the University of California, Irvine Libraries. She is the inaugural Project Director for Viet Stories and Postdoctoral Fellow in UC Irvine’s Department of Asian American Studies. Thuy was previously an Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral Fellow for UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center. She holds a B.A. in Asian American Studies and English from Scripps College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego, where she specialized in race and ethnicity, oral history, cultural studies, immigration and refugee studies, community studies, and Asian American studies. She has taught at UCI, UCLA, UCSD, and Loyola Marymount University, and is a member of the Association for Asian American Studies, the Society of American Archivists, and the Southwest Oral History Association. She has served on a number of community non-profit boards, including Horizon Cross-Cultural Center and the Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association.