The Vietnamese with Kenneth Nguyen

Ep. #101 English - Paul Nguyen - Manage the way the world sees you -

November 1, 2021

Paul Nguyen, is a Canadian filmmaker and social activist. Nguyen was born in Toronto, Ontario to Vietnamese parents who fled to Canada after the fall of Saigon during The Vietnam War. After graduating from C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute, he attended York University and earned his Bachelor of Arts in film in 2004. Nguyen grew up in the Jane and Finch neighborhood.


In 2004, Nguyen created to address the constant negative media coverage about his community. Nguyen launched on March 13, 2004, in response to negative stereotypes about the Jane and Finch community. The website gives an unprecedented look at the neighborhood and features a multimedia library of information.


In late 2005, a community news section was added to allow reporters to document local events not covered by the mainstream media. The website produces music videos, public service announcements, and broadcasts local political debates and town halls. In addition to the production of original content, the website also publishes submissions from residents.


In 2012, he was among the first 60 Canadians to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the inaugural presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall to honor significant contributions and achievements to the country. Citizenship and Immigration Canada featured Nguyen on the list of Noteworthy Canadians of Asian Origin to highlight valuable contributions made by Canadians of Asian heritage.

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