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2016 Storms

The day before 2017, I reflected on the year that’s past, and the word that came to mind was Storms. It was initially quite negative, but sitting here with a hangover in 2017, they were brilliant storms and I have enjoyed most of them. CAREER For the first time in my life I performed a stand up solo show with 50 minutes of content at the Melbourne International Comedy festival. Hives and all, the storms were much needed. TV was a big thing this year too.   SCHOOL For the first time 11 years I went back to school….and damn it… They were brilliant storms. You know in the movies you see big waves and you can’t see in front of you, and then you see the rain disappear and then sun. Magically.   MONEY I left my Community Development job in July after 8 years. I started Ubering. Money will always be hard. Minimalise. TRAVEL I am always so surprised how much travelling I do. California with my mum, and the image of Yosemite National Forest still takes my breath away. MOFO in Tassie were intense stimulation and Palangkaraya slowed down my brain and gave me retrospect of the green world, and how we live in it. LOVE This morning I woke up and looked at my instagram account and saw all the beautiful people who have graced me with their dancing, smiles and laughter. The friends who have held me together when I fell apart, and those you let me fall so I can learn more of myself. Emotionally 2016 was a horrible year, and I will try...

Hollywood Glamour – NAKED

Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you my friend and photographer – Evie Lynn from www.evielynn.com who took these AMAZING photos of me.  Over the year, I’ve looked at her photos and been envious. Why can’t I do this? In November, I had to find a title for my show, and with help from a friend (thanks Greg) suggested NAKED. Then I thought what is naked? What does it mean? What am I scared of… and I realised I was scared of myself. My own beauty. I know I am a nice and beautiful person inside, but it has taken me a long time to reach here. So fast forward to a booked trip to LA this year, it just seemed right, that at this stage in my life I needed to take care of myself. Feel Beautiful and Sexy everywhere. How do you tell yourself you are beautiful and sexy? I have always felt average. Normal looking. I have improved my style over the years, but I didn’t feel exceptional. I have to say breakups are great for reincarnations. Those times make you look in the mirror with those red eyes and same clothes you wore 2 days in a row and say, “I need to be better than this.” From my first headshot 11 years ago to the woman I am now, I still struggle to look sexy. Why because I have a big smile, and laugh, and once I open my mouth it is joyous and not sexy. Look, wearing Harry Potter glasses, wide hips for a typical Vietnamese girl and no joke...

Daily Telegraph Interview Jan 31st 2016- Ethnic Entertainment

I was recently interviewed by Jordan Baker from the Sydney Daily Telegraph regarding Ethnic Entertainment. As a female comedian funny person it was great to have a voice in the conversation. Thanks to fellow comedian Jennifer Wong for the hook up. My question is, if we took out the “Ethnic” out Ethnic Entertainment, what makes our story different from the Australian narrative? It is Australian. Sunday 31st of January 2016 – “WOG comics laugh all the way to the BANK.” www.dailytelegraph.com.au/…/56c6874ccb5f7d1627ae7b14295dc344 If you don’t have access., it is all good....

Hi. I’m an Artist.

Hi. I’m an Artist. I made a choice to be one when I finished university 10 years ago. It hasn’t been easy forging a career as an artist. ie random gig payments…, trying to tell mum I made the right decision. But it is a choice. It is a choice that I work odd hours and have days off while people have 9-5 jobs. I’ve had over 20 job titles in the last 13 years. Imagine filling in the rental application and stating what my financial weekly income is or what my job is this week. It makes me happy. Most days. On Tuesday while working in my retail job to get me through the slow summer, I received a reply email from a festival in Adelaide that had invited Phi and Me to perform. This was months of chasing up with the directors and producers on when we would receive our artist payment. The email read, “A…F… is now in voluntary administration. Please contact the administrator.” I look at my phone…walked away my retail work area. Walked to the toilets. Sat on the cubical and cried. 5 mins later I left and I continued to serve customers with sore red eyes and my sweet smile channelling, “Don’t look me in the eyes.” I am angry. I am upset. I feel taken advantaged of. I am still the actor with less than a couple of grand in my bank account. What is also more upsetting that my team who took off work to come Adelaide are also at a loss. I’m the producer. I organised it. Apparently other artists...

Chortle Review of Phi and Me 2011

Another erased review – by the Chortle Australia and NZ comedy guide http://au.chortle.com/shows/melbourne_2011/p/18873/phi_%26_me/review Phi and Me is a gorgeous, laugh-out-loud play based on a short story by one of its lead actresses Diana Nguyen about the trials of growing up as a second generation Vietnamese Australian. The short story was called Five Ways to Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother, which gives you an idea of where some of the humour is coming from – although plenty flows in reverse, too, stemming from how mums can be embarrassing. Fiona Chau gives a brillantly nuanced comic performance of the put upon, yet sassy and mischievous, teenage boy Phi. He tried to fit in with his Aussie friends and be a good boy doing this homework while the chaos is whipped up around him by his domineering mother Kim. Nguyen gives a stellar performance as the over-the-top Kim, getting huge laughs from the moment she interrupts her son’s opening stand-up routine by loudly taking a phone call in the audience. Phi’s mother could be seen as a bit of a monster, beating her son for misbehaving or bad marks at school, using Phi to brag to friends and relatives, completely disregarding his needs, scornful of his dreams of being a comedy star and singing badly at the drop of a hat. Kim is vain, violet, obstinate and controlling, but she is also damned...

The Pun Review of Phi and Me 2011

I found some old reviews that have been removed from online, and need to archive it. Why not here. The PUN – http://anewleaf.com.au/2011/04/01/phi-me/ by Hugh Gundlach |Friday, 1 April 2011 Phi and Me is a touching play about growing up as a second generation Australian. Dealing with language barriers, family expectations and cultural differences, this show clearly resonates with the ethically diverse audience, who were in stitches from the first appearance of Diana Nguyen as Kim Huong, mother to the beleaguered Phi. Developed from Nguyen’s short story ‘5 ways to disappoint your Vietnamese mother’ and both Nguyen and Chau’s childhood experiences, any second generation Australian (or anyone at all, for that matter) will be sure to relate to the content and humour of the play. Ably supported by the versatile Steve McPhail and Fiona Chau, Nguyen steals the show as a highly excitable, karaoke singing Mum who just wants the best for her son, even if that has nothing to do with his own happiness. Nguyen never breaks character and as a result is extremely convincing. The musical pieces in this show are the one thing not to be missed. In a perfect world this hilarious housewife would have her own chat show! The trio creatively uses props, rapid costume changes and all the space available to them to protray the many situations where Mum’s overhearing behaviour traumatises Phi. Strong characterisations, wordplay, physical comedy and several surprises keep the audiences engaged throughout the performance, and Mum is on hand to include the audience in the action too, so be alert. The play is also accompanied by an art and photography...