OUR PRESIDENT, Ho-Thanh Nguyen, founded PAIRWN in 2001. Living Legacy by Highmark published a video biography about her journey. Here is the full interview. To watch a shorter clip that summarizes Ho-Thanh’s transition to the United State’s and why she founded PAIRWN, click here.
Ho-Thanh Nguyen, discussed our community and its needs along side other panel speakers at the ASIAN AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM in Harrisburg on July 29, 2018. Here’s a clip.
PAIRWN women collaborated with the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus on their “LAND OF OUR DREAMS” CONCERT in Spring of 2007. The program consisted of songs performed by the chorus, interspersed with these spoken reflections by members of PAIRWN.
PAIRWN and the Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus teamed up for a second time in Spring 2019 to put on the “WE RISE AGAIN” CONCERT. It showcased songs and stories from women finding refuge and building a better life in America. Here’s a video of one of the songs they performed.
Our Story Circle is at the heart of our work. COURAGE, MOTHERHOOD, AND THE ACT OF LEAVING explains why it is so empowering to be a part of this initiative. The essay was written by Honorary Advisor, Amy Skillman.
THE ART OF COMMUNITY, also written by Amy Skillman and published by the Institute for Cultural Partnerships, highlights our Story Circles, Interviews, and Coming to America in the 21st Century Play. This excerpt comes from pages 25-29.
This piece, PROMISING PRACTICES IN SOCIAL AND CULTURAL INTERACTION, points to the power of personal narrative in the cultural and social interactions of newcomer immigrant and refugee women. Women bond over similar experience and challenges they face in their new communities, and together, they are learning how to lessen their alienation and build self-confidence. Written by Amy Skillman for the Institute for Cultural Partnerships.
Thinking about joining PAIRWN? When you do, you and your family continue BANG NGUYEN’S MISSION of helping newcomers succeed. This article explains his Circle of Love and Hope Foundation, which allowed him and his wife, Ho-Thanh Nguyen, to sponsor college students in Vietnam.