The Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) as its name suggests is an organization that has the following mission: "to connect and enrich communities through Vietnamese art and culture".
Although VAALA's impressive membership includes artists, authors, musicians, poets, spoken-word artists, filmmakers, photographers, writers, directors, composers, actors, producers, animators and even comedians, this article will only highlight selected works by a few of its contemporary artists.
A special thanks to Ms. Giana Nguyen, board member with VAALA, for extending me an invitation to have a look at the wonderful work of this organization. Ms. Nguyen is an artist as well. She is California-based singer/songwriter, who was born in Saigon and immigrated to Southern California when she was just a young child. She opened up a whole new world for me when she allowed me to interview her and publish an article about her career and her dreams of becoming a performer on the international stage.