Arts & Crafts Instructor
Yvonne Trinh graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a bachelor’s in general studio art. She was also an exchange student at Marino Institute, Dublin, Ireland, for a program focusing on watercolor. Yvonne has joined the VAALA teaching team since summer 2007. Yvonne’s art teaching philosophy is to have fun with art. Learning art is helpful for problem solving. It is useful in academics and with everyday situations in life. It makes students learn to see things from different perspectives. Yvonne is on the organizing committee for VAALA's Children's Moon Festival.
Khoa Nguyen received his association of art at Orange Coast College in 2004. Khoa is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music (classical guitar) at California State Universtiy, Fullerton. He toured with the CSUF Guitar Orchestra and performed in many cities in North California. Khoa believes that it would never be too late to learn a musical instrument because music it is a vital part of life.
Le Hong Quang
Le Hong Quang received an master’s degree in vocal performance from California State University, Fullerton. He has been one of the featured tenor vocalists in the Ngan Khoi Chorus. He also is a member of the Chamber Singers of Fullerton College and University Singers of California State University, Fullerton. Quang has performed in Europe, China and the United States.
Ngoc Bay graduated from the first class of Hat Boi at the Conservatory of Saigon in 1964. She studied under artists Vo Van Tai, Duong Ngoc Dac, Huynh Huu Thanh, and Nguyen Thi Nho. After graduating, she became a Hat Boi professor at the Conservatory of Saigon, where she trained several generations of Hat Boi artists. Settled in the United States since 1992, Ngoc Bay has performed in a number of community events and has conducted workshops at UCLA and San Diego State University. Starting in August 2009, with generous support from the Orange County-based Kenneth Picerne Foundation, the Hat Boi class has been offered free of charge to community members interested in learning about this traditional performance art. The class, conducted by artist Ngoc Bay, teaches students the various modes of Hat Boi singing, movement, dance, make-up, and costume making.
Uyen Huynh is the artistic director of Club O' Noodles. She has 15 years of experience in performing arts. Uyen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology/linguistics from UC Irvine. She has had 5 years of study under Nobuko, artistic director of Great Leap (Japanese-American Performance Art Organization) and participated for two years collegiate with Rad Asians (Asian American Workshop Series). Uyen recently directed 'Love Stories' and 'Finding Home.'