Qùynh Nguyễn (she/they) is a proud, humble, and angry first generation VietAmerican, who is grateful and humbled to live on land that is the indigenous homes of the Cowlitz, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Cascade. She is shaped by her lived experience in war (violence and hunger), displacement, immigration, and post apartheid community trauma (during her Peace Corps service in Namibia). In greater measure, she is shaped by the sublime, compassionate, creative, humorous relationships and encounters with Nature and sentient beings. Having lived in three United Nations’ refugee camps during her formative years, she views herself as the product of the U.N, a citizen of the world, which led her in her life of service, both professionally and in her community. Social, economic and ecological justice (SEE) justice are the core guiding values that underpin her engagements.
Quynh finds peace, humor, lightness and healing in shinrin yoku (forest bathing), tending to her permaculture garden, arranging flowers, connections with her sister-friends, and most precious to her is reading, discussing, traveling, biking, creating art, laughing, being curious, and admiring drag queens with her child.