Lead Artist

Ngoc-Tran Vu is a Vietnamese American multimedia and transnational artist whose work and socially engaged practice draws from her experience as a community organizer and healer. She was born in Vietnam, grew up in Dorchester and Boston, and has lived in various cities and countries. Prior to joining AIR, Tran spent a year in Southeast Asia working on different arts projects and investigative narratives. Tran received her Master’s degree in Arts and Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her Bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Visual Arts from Brown University. She loves creative storytelling that is accessible, inclusive, and communities-centered, with a focus on social justice and cultural practices. Tran works across borders and boundaries.

Steering Committee Member and Artist

Tam Le is a first-generation American and a second-generation family business owner. He is the owner of Pho Hoa in Dorchester, Pho Linh in Quincy, and Reign Drink Lab, also in Dorchester.  His passion is creating business and community relations and re-inventing the Vietnamese dining experience. He is an artist with a graduate degree in fine arts and a background in graphic design.

When he first learned of this project, he knew that it was something that he had to be a part of! He loves the idea that, through the universal language of art, we have an opportunity to bring to life HOPE, and showcase our unique history in our neighborhoods. He fully supports this project and hopes that his artistic contributions will bring value to the community and honor our culture.

Steering Committee Member

Tommy Nguyen is a senior at the University of Massachusetts Boston finalizing his individual major in Asian American studies with a business associate in science degree. He aspires to use his combination of education to elucidate the issues of marginalized communities and to propose and commit to methods of solutions. He currently works with the Vietnamese American communities in New England by providing services that helps improve their quality of life.

In relation to the project, he understands how important a “voice” is to disenfranchised communities and how it can have shifting values that are beneficial. He has been a part of the Dorchester Vietnamese American community for most of his life and understand the challenges that the community opposes. As a steering committee member, he know that the mural will speak to those who pass by it every day, those who come to visit, and those who call Dorchester “quê hương” or “hometown.”

Steering Committee Member

Michelle Christian was born at “City Hospital” which is now Boston Medical Center in Roxbury. She graduated from Boston Technical High School in Roxbury which is now the John D. O’Bryant. She then went to college in Washington, DC and graduated from Howard University. She enjoys being a mom, politics, reading, concerts, solving problems, plays, good company, social justice issues, etc.

She now resides in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester and has lived in the community for over 20 years. She loves its diversity—her street alone has families from various ethnic backgrounds, i.e. Black, Asian, Hispanic, White. She shops, banks, dines,  gets her health and dental care, etc, in her community. She loves its accessibility to practically everything. She enjoys the treasures her neighbor offers immensely.

Steering Committee Member

Joan Dotruong’s Viet name is My Dung which means beauty strength. She’s currently a junior in high school which means she has a strong two more years to go until she reaches college! As of right now, she attends Boston Latin Academy and takes pride in her time with Model UN, as co-president of the feminist club while at the same time a Big Sister at the Big Brother-Big Sister program! That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s one of her goals to take a big role onto her community and inspire others! As a Vietnamese born American, she grew up in a very toxic environment where she left a beautiful culture as an effort to fit in with the ‘typical’ American life. Being a young teenager in Dorchester while also being surrounded with many other Vietnamese Americans like herself, she noticed a constant pattern of people all doing whatever to fit in. It wasn’t until she went to Vietnam in 2016 that she got a glimpse of how enchanting, unique, majestic her culture is and how instead of pulling herself into a world where she had to abandoned it, she pushed herself back to learn how to appreciate where her parents had come from and the land where they once called home.

Steering Committee Member

Hung Vu is a retired engineer and a long-term resident of Dorchester with his family. A former South Vietnamese Lieutenant, Hung is a proud Vietnamese American who is very excited to be a part of the mural project.

 

Steering Committee Member

Cuong Nguyen came to the US in December 1981 to Florida. He moved to Massachusetts in 1983 and has lived in Dorchester from 1983-present. Education: attended Teacher College of Can Tho, Vietnam, major Literature (Đại Học Cần Thơ, khoa Văn Chương) attended Bunker Hill CC College 1983-1986. Owner and editor of Thang Long Newspaper from 1989-present. Regarding Mural Project: He wanted to contribute his knowledge of Vietnamese Culture to this group of artists and to help make Dorchester a better place to live!

Steering Committee Member

Duoc is a front-end developer and community organizer with the Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative. He was born in Vietnam and has been living in DOT closer to a year now. He hopes to spread his roots in Boston and finally call a place his own home. DOT is a really important place to him, it the place where he is relearning what it means to be Vietnamese, what it means to be part of a SEA community, and what it means to grow alongside your activism. The Mural Project is an extension of what he hopes to capture, in part, the Vietnamese narrative of resilience and hope.

Artist

Tony Vu is a young creative residing in Brockton, MA. He is a Vietnamese American who was born and raised in Dorchester, Fields Corner to be exact! More than half of his life was spent in Dorchester, and moving away from where he grew up made him miss the roots of his childhood more and more. Joining the Mural Project is a great way for him to contribute and pay his respects to the community that raised him. He aspires to give back to my community and work hard to become a role model for the Vietnamese American youth!

Artist

Justin Nguyen Phuoc is an undocumented Vietnamese immigrant who doubles as a Graphic designer & a digital organizer at United We Dream, the nation’s largest immigrant youth-led rights organization in the country. He came to the United States at the age of 14 from Vietnam & has been living & thriving as an undocumented person ever since. In addition to his role at UWD, he is also a community organizer based in Boston, organizing a collective of undocumented artists, as well as providing a space for other undocumented folks to thrive much like he did. Justin joined the Mural initiative project with the hope of connecting more with his community in Dorchester & inspire an inclusive space for other undocumented AAPI to thrive.

Steering Committee Member

Grace is a local resident of Dorchester