Q&A Monday 30th of April 2012 (ABC)
I was invited to represent the Greater Dandenong community on the Q&A Dandenong TV special. It was a nerve-wrecking learning curve for me who has dreamt of being on TV for more than 20seconds and LIVE. I learnt alot from that experience. On that same night, was the 37th anniversary of the Vietnamese War ending, and I spoke about the struggles of the Vietnamese community settlement in Australia in the 90’s but “look us at now.” Read about it here.
5 Ways To Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother
In 2008, I wrote a short story was published in Alice Pung’s anthology “Growing Up Asian in Australia.” This book was added to the VCE English book list, and second generation Australians have connected with 5 ways because of it’s genuinely funny relationship between a Vietnamese mother, and a teenage daughter. I have been invited to events at local government and schools. If you would like for a fun comedic guest speaker to talk about identity – Email. The short story has been republished twice. What are your 5 ways? Read it here.
In 2013, I collaborated with Felix Ching Ching Ho, created and performed a solo cabaret called, Viet Kieu – The Australian Vietnamese No 1 outcast. The show was mounted at the Butterfly Club during Fringe, and was warmly received by the audience. Viet Kieu’s journey of an outcast. of not fitting in being Vietnamese or Australian and somewhere in the middle, which included songs, “Juicy Milky Hips” “Where do you come from?” and “Do you know why I do this?” In 2015, I redeveloped VIET KIEU, and performed at La Mama’s exploration season.
PROGRAM COORDINATOR – FOUNDER
SEAACT Program in partnership with Melbourne Playback Theatre Company
I grew up in the south eastern suburbs and found there was no free drama program for young people, so in 2013 I applied for Creative Victoria in partnership with SEAAC Youth Services and Melbourne Playback.
From 2013 to 2015, Creative Victoria funded $140k for a youth drama program for young people. Thank you City of Casey and City of Greater Dandenong for your belief in the project. Read more here.
The Racism: Get Up Speak Out program won the Federal Local Government Diversity Award in 2014.
The program involved many components, and Diana’s Forum Theatre program was a great success. Read Diana’s story here, and watch the winning initiative program – “Multicultural Australia – Strength in Diversity’ award at the National Awards for Local Government in June 2014.” For more information click here.
Melbourne Theatre Company –
I have been an ambassador for 2 years, and will continue in 2016. I performed a reading for the MTC Neon Festival in July 2015, by Sean McIntyre and directed by Marco Romeo at the Southbank Theatre. The opportunity came through by my role as Ambassador for MTC and Multicultural Arts Victoria, and a very good audition. I hope to have future opportunities at MTC, and diversify the MTC audience membership.
Greater Dandenong Council, City of Monash, City of Kingston, City of Mariybrnong, City of Brimbank, City of Melbourne, City of Melton, City of Yarra, City of Ivanhoe, Kingston Council, City of Sydney, Stonnington Council, Whittlesea Council.
Noble Park English Language School, Killester College, St Joesph’s PS, St Anthony’s Noble Park, Wellington Secondary, Rosebud Secondary College, XLR Tuition centre, Richmond West PS, Deer Park SC, Epping SC, Mahogany PS
The Song Room, Southern Ethnic Advisory and Adocacvy Council, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Vietnamese Student Association, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, Springvale Learning and Activities Centre, Springvale Neighbourhood House, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Centre of Multicultural Youth, Multicultural Arts Commission, Southern Health, South Migrant Refugee Centre, Melbourne Immigration Museum, ERHMA, AMES, Foundation House, Springvale Literacy Centre, Big West Festival, Immigration Museum In 2011, Diana was interviewed and documented in the Melbourne Immigration Museum exhibition, “Identity.” The exhibit will be at the Museum for 10 years, and has a huge collection of stories and exhibits from Australians from different cultures.