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Erie County Smile (Screening and Discussion)
Start Date: 3/18/2021Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Date: 3/18/2021End Time: 3:30 PM

Event Description:
Multimedia artist Van Tran Nguyen will present and discuss her new satirical short film, "Erie County Smile," followed by a short Q & A.

Please RSVP to Professor Monica Duncan at to obtain Zoom link.

Erie County Smile (2021) Erie County Smile is a parody of "Paris By Night" (PBN), a popular Vietnamese-language variety show. PBN gained notoriety in the Vietnamese diasporic community by the mid-1990s and is still in production today. Music from the live shows were recorded and commonly played at Vietnamese-owned businesses all over the world. In the waiting area of my family's nail salon, we always had PBN in the VHS player. This film lives at the intersection of nostalgia, diaspora and labor. Erie County Smile is dedicated to children of immigrants, who grew up behind doors labeled "EMPLOYEES ONLY". Erie County Smile is a satirical short film by Van Tran Nguyen, in collaboration with Alex Derwick, Ako Shergazy, Bryan Czerniawski and Mengtai Zhang.
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Contact Information:
Name: Theater & Dance Programs
Phone: 718-960-8247
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    > Erie County Smile
Admission Information:
Please contact Professor Monica Duncan at to obtain Zoom link.
Other Details:
Van Tran Nguyen is a multimedia artist. She was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tran Nguyen holds a BA in
Fine Arts and Biology and an MFA from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is currently a PhD
candidate in the Philosophy of Electronic Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions including Ill at Ease: Dis-ease in Art (2017, University at
Buffalo), Shape of a Pocket (2017, Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center), Strange Agency (2017, Buffalo
Arts Studio) and, Paris, Orange County (2020, Lycoming College). In 2016, Tran Nguyen and collaborator Natalie
Fleming co-curated The Measure of All Things: Rethinking Humanism Through Art at the University at Buffalo Department of Art Gallery. In 2017, Tran Nguyen and Fleming premiered their group exhibition Forging American: Art in the Workings of an Asian American Rust Belt at Big Orbit Project Space (CEPA Gallery) in Buffalo, New York. Their third curatorial project, ART STANDS STILL, exhibited in Troy, NY at Collar Works Gallery in May 2019. She currently lives in upstate New York with her partner and their cat, Gordon.

Van Tran Nguyen’s research is centered on nostalgia and identity construction. Her artistic practice interrogates
race, gender and class through the mechanism of parody. She is influenced by Vietnamese variety shows and rituals from her diasporic community.
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