Lan Nguyen is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and was raised in Long Beach, California. She studied journalism and education at Northwestern University, and is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Asian American Studies at UCLA. She is active in community organizing with VietUnity-SoCal, a progressive Vietnamese grassroots group. Lan is especially passionate about the issues of immigration, criminal (in)justice, and displacement.
Lan utilizes documentary filmmaking as a tool for community organizing and social change. She has directed several short films about social justice issues, which have been screened in festivals, community centers, and universities. Lan's approach toward storytelling is unique in that she believes in consulting and co-creating alongside community organizations and movement leaders. Lan is currently a NeXt Doc fellow.
Lan also teaches ethnic studies at California State University, Long Beach.