We had the good fortune of connecting with Anh-Thuy Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Anh-Thuy, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Knowing that everyday I wake up, my body is still functional, my mind stills generates ideas, my eyes are still sharp, and my heart is still feeling various spectrum of this life.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My artwork explores my personal history and experiences as a female immigrant. Through my artmaking, using photography and extended media, I investigate my cultural and personal identity as well as my migration story. The conversations that stem from my work, and by extension personal experiences, engage with shared anxieties and stressors that burden my community and family: the balance of cultural difference, trauma surrounding immigration, language accessibility and mastery, and the stereotype of the model minority. I have learnt to live my life, observe my experiences, take notes of challenges, and visualize all of them into my artworks. I am thankful that I am in a creative field which celebrates one to be true to oneself, which certainly inspires other younger creative minds.

In order for me to be where I am, I believe in the strength and supports of my networks of community. I show supports and respect to my creative communities and that how the power of our circles generates.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Friends who visits me for a week long, always are treated with home cook meals. I have perfected my phở recipe for this kind of occasion. We of course will try out specialty from Maru Japanese noodle shop, visit my workplace at Pima Community College (West Campus), and watch the sunset at Gates Pass on the West side. I am not a drinking buddy but Crooked Tooth Brewing definitely has great selections of craft beers and my favorite is a $2 crafted root beer or the ginger ale with real sugar cane. Nowhere else can beat that.

If one hangs out with a Vietnamese like myself, one cannot miss eating bánh mì. And we have Banhdicted shop on Orange Grove, which has the Az special, my best choice of bánh mì, if you ask a Vietnamese for a recommendation.
Nature. Food. Drink. And art. I have always enjoyed the exhibitions at Tucson Museum of Art and its community. We will also visit the Center for Creative Photography and the University Museum on the same premise. Another not to miss gallery in Tucson is the Yun Gee Park Gallery & Atelier. The gallerists are so eclectic in styles which reflect on thier exhibtions and they serve the best tea and snacks to their guests.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Pima Community College, where I took my first photography class and received a Louis Carlos Bernal scholarship, which laid concrete foundation for me to become a lens-based artist and an educator. Society for Photographic Education also provides a safe space and network for me at the beginning of my career.
Everyone whom I have studied from and worked with at Pima Community College, University of Arizona,  Southern Methodist University, Rogers State University, my collaborator -Marianna Pegno, friends, and lastly my family, all of them have helped me to realize my ability and what I can contribute to our field.

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