Bureau of Immigrants (2016, 01:28 mins, video)
Some texts from this video have been taken directly from Kara Walker's "Bureau of Refugees." The rest of the texts have been composed by Hoa Nguyen.
The voiceover is reading from a poem that I’ve written, entitled "Healing from anger from (bereavement)." Poem is published in the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies and can be found here
I have filmed my friend, Laetitia Walendom, perusing Carrie Mae Weems’ dyptich “You Became Playmate to the Patriarch,” “And Their Daughter” (attached below) that are installed at the SF MOMA, to create a narrative suggestive of Laetitia’s meditation on the history of Black womanhood and intergenerational lineage.
I had written about Carrie Mae Weems’ work in my senior thesis in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity ("Dismantling Myths: Reverting the Misrepresentations of the Black Female Body in Contemporary Art") and the significance of her contribution to the field as a Black female photographer. In “The Kitchen Series,” her photographs contain a poetic and tender yet earnest melancholy and are powerful commentaries on the Black family household and their domestic life. Laetitia Walendom is a classmate from Stanford who is working on her M.A. in African and African American Studies. She and I have had many conversations about race in America and the history of racial violence, especially sexual violence against Black female slaves in the antebellum South. I have invited her to perform in my film, “Bureau of Immigrants,” which is a tribute to Kara Walker’s “Bureau of Refugees.” The film is edited based on our shared political conversations.
Wet Ghost Swimming (2016, 1:02 mins, video)
A short experimental film, based on the short story "Wet Ghost Swimming" which I have written about my grandparents' past lives as freedom fighters in the Mekong Delta during the revolution against French colonial occupation of Vietnam
Dreamscape Painting Time-lapse (2017, 00:53 mins, video)
Gestural painting, collaboration with Lê Tuấn Ry. It is an abstract landscape that depicts a cultural memory of a historical time and personal identities, related to women fighters, refugees and killed civilians in the Vietnam War.