We are pleased to welcome Tony Luong as the new US Program Manager of the VIET Fellows Program. He joins AAPIP directly from Vietnam where he was an in-country representative and teacher with Volunteers In Asia. Tony comes to AAPIP with extensive experience working in the Vietnamese American community and in Vietnam.
For the past two years, Tony has been based in Hanoi with Volunteers In Asia. Prior to that, he was a Ford Foundation Fellow volunteering at Da Lat Center for Blind Children. Originally from San Jose, California, Tony has also been Editor-in-Chief of the Yellow Journal, published by the Department of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and was an Editor for the Vietnamese Artist Collective, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and which published As Is, A Collection of Literal and Visual Works from Vietnamese Artists.
Tony’s experience in Vietnam and working with the Vietnamese American community provides him with unique insight into the Vietnamese diaspora. At this time he sees an opportunity to develop the leadership of younger Vietnamese Americans by ‘diving-in’ to their own histories through the VIET Fellows program.
Tony follows outgoing Program Director, Kelvin Vuong, in the development of the VIET Fellows program. Kelvin has recently been selected from a competitive pool of over two hundred candidates to be one of only eleven San Francisco City Hall Fellows, beginning in August of this year. We congratulate Kelvin, and recognize his many contributions to AAPIP and the VIET Fellows Program.