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Featuring Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate; Duc Le, poet and translator; and Tina Huynh, musician



 Join California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia in Irvine on Sunday, November 20th for a special poetry event celebrating Orange County's Vietnamese community and their achievements in the arts. The free event will feature poetry readings in English and Vietnamese from Dana Gioia and Duc Le, with live music from Tina Huynh. This is Dana Gioia's first appearance in Orange County as part of his ambitious 58-County California Poet Laureate tour.

Event Details

WHAT: Dana Gioia Poetry Reading in English and Vietnamese with Music
WHEN: Sunday, November 20th at 2:30 PM 
WHERE: Irvine Katie Wheeler Library, 13109 Old Myford Road, Irvine, CA 92602
ADDITIONAL INFO: This is a free event.


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Presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the California Center for the Book, and the California State Library. Hosted by the Irvine Katie Wheeler Library.

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Interview with Tina Huynh on "What's Up?" Show with Sophie Bao Tran, Little Saigon TV

Vô cùng hãnh diện khi thấy trường đại học nổi tiếng về âm nhạc tại Hoa Kỳ (USC, Thornton-phân khoa Âm Nhạc) , rất chú trọng đến luận án về âm nhạc Thiếu Nhi Việt Nam do nữ sinh viên Việt Nam Tina Huynh nghiên cứu!


I was so proud to see USC Thornton School of Music shine a spotlight on Tina Huynh for her research on Vietnamese Children's Music! Check out my interview with her. For the full episode of What's Up?, catch it on Little Saigon TV (LSTV) 57.7.


Over 1.5 million Vietnamese American refugees and immigrants live in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2010), primarily due to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Acculturation of Vietnamese Americans has led to sociological discourse in the past couple of decades (Lieu, 2002). However, issues pertaining to cultural preservation, particularly in early childhood music, remain largely unexplored.

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Tina Huynh is a Vietnamese-American who, like many children of immigrants, grew up with the emphasis on American. In the last three years of her DMA studies at USC Thornton, she is putting the emphasis back on the Vietnamese.

In June, she will complete The Vietnamese Children’s Songbook, an illustrated children’s book (with an accompanying album) of traditional Vietnamese children’s songs, a love letter to her family’s cultural homeland. Huynh, who earned a masters degree at Thornton in 2014 and is a current DMA candidate in the Music Teaching & Learning program, has turned to children’s songs as a reflection of Vietnamese-Americans’ bridge into their language and culture while raising their children so far away.

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