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Hoang Nguyen: The Resurrection of Brandon Lee

Hoang Nguyen (UCB Film) Graduate Student

Nguyen Tan Hoang is a gay Vietnamese American video artist and academic. Nguyen’s research interests include Asian American masculinity in gay male video porn and Hollywood and international cinemas.

Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam. His family left Vietnam in the late 1970s as part of the “boat people” exodus. After spending a year and a half in refugee camps in Malaysia, the family arrived in the United States in 1980. Nguyen grew up in San Jose, California. He received his B.A. in art and art history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.F.A. in studio art at the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently an assistant professor of English and Film Studies at Bryn Mawr College.

Nguyen Tan Hoang’s creative work has been widely featured in festivals around the world. Nguyen’s artistic agenda is a political one: to create a popular culture for gay Asian Americans. Nguyen often uses appropriated film footage, combining pastiche, kitsch film and music references to speak of his queer positionality.

Nguyen’s writings have appeared in Porn Studies (Duke University Press, 2004), Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular (, and GLQ (2007).

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