Ysa Le

Ysa Le

Executive Director

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Project Director, Project Foto

Daisy Le

Daisy Le

Associate Director, Viet Film Fest

Ysa Le

Executive Director

Ysa began her involvement with art activism with VAALA since 2000 by spearheading various artistic events such as art exhibitions, book signings, concerts, plays, the annual Moon Festival Children’s Art Contest, and the smART Program, which provides free art workshops to community youth organizations in Southern California. She co-founded Viet Film Fest in 2003 and has been the co-director of the film festival. Ysa served as VAALA’s Board President from 2004-2008 before taking on the Executive Director position.

In 2005, Ysa was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Vietnamese American community in the United States. She received the Arts and Culture (In-Language) Award from New California Media in 2003 for her article on Mimi News, reporting the revival of the traditional performance art Cải Lương n the Vietnamese community. She was awarded with the “Service Award” from the USC (University of Southern California) Asian Pacific Alumni Association in 2012. Ysa currently works as a pharmacist at St. Joseph Home Care Pharmacy in Orange County. Ysa is a tennis enthusiast and loves to create flower arrangements for her friends.

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Project Director, Project Foto

Quyên Nguyen-Le is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in southern California, whose work has been exhibited internationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Vietnam. After a brief time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên instead completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis in politics. Quyên is also a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Inner-City Filmmakers program and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s three year fellowship at Focus Features/ NBCUniversal.

Jennifer Pham

Webmaster

Born and raised in Little Saigon, Jennifer Pham had always been surrounded by Vietnamese food and people, but it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Vietnam that she started to appreciate Vietnamese culture.  Since then, she has volunteered as a Vietnamese medical interpreter, teach English to Vietnamese adults, and mentor at-risk Vietnamese-American youth.

Jennifer Pham has a Bachelors degree in Public Health and Psychology from UC Berkeley.  She currently works as a web developer and software engineer, where she finds her passion in designing beautiful and functional websites and applications and automating processes.

Daisy Le

Associate Director, Viet Film Fest

Born and raised in Saigon, Daisy Duong Le has an undying passion for visual and performing arts. However, she did not grow up with the proper supports for arts learning. She escaped the suppressing education in Vietnam and studied high school in Alberta, Canada. Graduating with honors, she got accepted to University of Alberta, major in Drama and Theater Arts. Unfortunately, due to family reasons, she had to abandon her dream and went back to Vietnam.

 

In Vietnam, she has crossed her career path with various fields. She has more than five years of experiences in corporate training, customer services, human resources and public relations. Beside her full time jobs, she is also a community works enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Foundation of Striving – a private charity fund which currently provides tuition scholarships for more than 100 students in 6 provinces of Vietnam. The foundation also organizes disaster relief efforts trips to affected regions in Vietnam.

 

Even though she has excelled in each and every job, she has always felt that her burning passion for arts could have never died. She finally found her true calling as a filmmaker during the time working for CJ CGV – the largest cinema chain and entertainment corporation in Vietnam. She immigrated to the United States in 2015, left behind a stable life and decided to pursue education in professional filmmaking. She firmly believes that the power of visual arts can bring the best out of everyone. Her current goal is to become a producer who can create life-changing art projects.

Ysa Le

Ysa began her involvement with art activism with VAALA since 2000 by spearheading various artistic events such as art exhibitions, book signings, concerts, plays, the annual Moon Festival Children’s Art Contest, and the smART Program, which provides free art workshops to community youth organizations in Southern California. She co-founded Viet Film Fest in 2003 and has been the co-director of the film festival. Ysa served as VAALA’s Board President from 2004-2008 before taking on the Executive Director position.

In 2005, Ysa was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Vietnamese American community in the United States. She received the Arts and Culture (In-Language) Award from New California Media in 2003 for her article on Mimi News, reporting the revival of the traditional performance art Cải Lương n the Vietnamese community. She was awarded with the “Service Award” from the USC (University of Southern California) Asian Pacific Alumni Association in 2012. Ysa currently works as a pharmacist at St. Joseph Home Care Pharmacy in Orange County. Ysa is a tennis enthusiast and loves to create flower arrangements for her friends.

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Quyên Nguyen-Le is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in southern California, whose work has been exhibited internationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Vietnam. After a brief time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên instead completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis in politics. Quyên is also a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Inner-City Filmmakers program and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s three year fellowship at Focus Features/ NBCUniversal.

Jennifer Pham

Born and raised in Little Saigon, Jennifer Pham had always been surrounded by Vietnamese food and people, but it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Vietnam that she started to appreciate Vietnamese culture.  Since then, she has volunteered as a Vietnamese medical interpreter, teach English to Vietnamese adults, and mentor at-risk Vietnamese-American youth.

Jennifer Pham has a Bachelors degree in Public Health and Psychology from UC Berkeley.  She currently works as a web developer and software engineer, where she finds her passion in designing beautiful and functional websites and applications and automating processes.

Daisy Le

Born and raised in Saigon, Daisy Duong Le has an undying passion for visual and performing arts. However, she did not grow up with the proper supports for arts learning. She escaped the suppressing education in Vietnam and studied high school in Alberta, Canada. Graduating with honors, she got accepted to University of Alberta, major in Drama and Theater Arts. Unfortunately, due to family reasons, she had to abandon her dream and went back to Vietnam.

 

In Vietnam, she has crossed her career path with various fields. She has more than five years of experiences in corporate training, customer services, human resources and public relations. Beside her full time jobs, she is also a community works enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Foundation of Striving – a private charity fund which currently provides tuition scholarships for more than 100 students in 6 provinces of Vietnam. The foundation also organizes disaster relief efforts trips to affected regions in Vietnam.

 

Even though she has excelled in each and every job, she has always felt that her burning passion for arts could have never died. She finally found her true calling as a filmmaker during the time working for CJ CGV – the largest cinema chain and entertainment corporation in Vietnam. She immigrated to the United States in 2015, left behind a stable life and decided to pursue education in professional filmmaking. She firmly believes that the power of visual arts can bring the best out of everyone. Her current goal is to become a producer who can create life-changing art projects.