Centuries ago, Vietnamese society was a matriarchy which saw and celebrated strong and brave women warriors leading the country. Stories of two sisters leading an army and ruling the dynasty were heard across Việt Nam.
We come from this lineage of warriors and powerful, strong women. To honour this, our collective seeks to create opportunities for Vietnamese women to learn and reclaim their identities by creating spaces for meaningful connections and community healing. And we hope to explore the nuances of navigating life as daughters of the diaspora through art.
Our collective, Empowered Phụ Nữ (EPN), first met at the United Vietnamese Students’ Association in Ontario’s (now UVSA Eastern Canada) Leadership Summit in 2018 as presenters or co-organizers. EPN is comprised of Linda Bùi, Julia Huỳnh and Michelle Nguyễn. We dream of creating a space where Vietnamese women could share their stories and reclaim their cultural identities through the arts.
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Meet the Collective Co-Creators
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