“Bridge Builder Conversations” debuts episode dealing with Asian hatred and cultural exclusion


Multidisciplinary artist MyLoan Dinh shares some of his experiences with host and creator of “Bridge Builder Conversations” David “Dae-Lee” Arrington. (Photo courtesy: Harris Jeter)

Vietnamese artist MyLoan Dinh

Multidisciplinary artist MyLoan Dinh joins “Bridge Builder Conversations” to talk about Asian hatred and the beauty of diversity. (Photo courtesy: Harris Jeter)

Vietnamese artist MyLoan Dinh shares her experience in the second part of this series of videos on diversity, equity and inclusion with various cultural leaders.

When you’re constantly asked and you assume that you don’t belong here, that you’re not from here, you end up believing it.

— MyLoan Dinh

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, USA, January 28, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The second installment in the nine-part Bridge Builder Conversations series promoting authentic dialogue around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is now available via YouTube, featuring multidisciplinary artist MyLoan Dinh and hosted by Charlotte Community Leader David “Dae-Lee” Arrington.

Dinh is an internationally acclaimed multimedia artist who uses her work to reflect on her experiences as a former refugee from Vietnam and a woman of color. In Bridge Builder Conversations, she talks about Asian hatred and cultural exclusion in the United States.

“I feel American, but on the outside I don’t look American,” she said. “It’s something that I approach in my works, the idea of ​​“otherness”. The idea that even though you feel like you belong… as an Asian American, and specifically as a Vietnamese woman, you’re still seen as the perpetual outsider.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Dinh also talks about her trip to the United States, fleeing her home country as a young child during the tumultuous end of the Vietnam War.

“I was ashamed of where I came from because economically…my parents were working all the time to barely make ends meet. [Being made fun of in public] didn’t warrant high self-esteem,” she shared.

“When you’re constantly asked and you assume you don’t belong here, you’re not from here, you end up believing it.”

“My conversation with MyLoan was an eye opener,” Dae-Lee said. “I have no idea what it’s like to be an immigrant – the impact it can have on your identity, especially coming to a country where difference isn’t as valued as it should be. Her strength is magnificent, and we all benefit because we can experience her and her story through art.

Bridge Builder Conversations kicked off Jan. 13 with a meaningful conversation about race and money with former Bank of America CEO Hugh McColl. The series, sponsored by Bank of America, HUE HOUSE, Urban Outfitters and Mansion, can be viewed on Bridge Builder’s YouTube channel. Through authentic, unscripted dialogue, each episode is meant to explore the opportunities and challenges of building bridges between racial, cultural, and socioeconomic differences.

Bridge Builder Conversations is a creative resource from Bridge Builder Consulting™, an innovative, relationship-focused consulting agency engaging organizations and their leaders in their DEI work. Other Resources include Dae-Lee’s Bridge Builder Motivational Journal, Bridge Builder Patreon, and Bridge Builder Motivations Podcast.

Bridge Builder Conversations will start every two weeks until May 5. Series details are available at WeBridgeBuild.com/BBC.

Aired January 13 – Hugh McColl, Former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America >>Watch
January 27 – Myloan Dinh, multidisciplinary artist and former refugee
February 10 – Kyle Mosher, multidisciplinary artist featured by Forbes, The New York Times, HBO and others
February 24 – Maria Howell, actress and accomplished singer
March 10 – Veronica Calderon, Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity at Truliant
March 24 – Michael Marsicano, President and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas
April 7 – Dennis Reed, Jr, award-winning songwriter, recording artist and CEO of Inspire the Fire
April 21 – Molly Shaw, former President and CEO of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
May 5 – Harvey B. Gantt, first African American elected mayor of Charlotte

David “Dae-Lee” Arrington is a native of Norfolk, Virginia, now residing in Charlotte, North Carolina. Summarizing her journey “from corner to cul-de-sac”, Dae-Lee experienced a 180-degree racial, cultural and socio-economic shift that changed her life and inspired her work today to bridge the gaps that keep us to live our collective best.

Dae-Lee is a 40 Under 40 Business Journal winner, GRAMMY-nominated producer, recording artist, co-owner of black-owned creative agency HUE HOUSE, founding member of Fair Play Music Equity Initiative, and sits on numerous boards. boards and committees of community organizations.

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Bridge Builder Conversations: Artist MyLoan Dinh on Asian Hate and Art Exhibits on ‘Diversity’


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