Vivian Wong is an award-winning filmmaker who received her MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Her documentary, Homecoming (2005), about her grandmother from Malaysia is an intimate look at the effects of transnational migration and displacement on a personal scale through longing and loss across cultures and multi-generational relationships. It is the first in a series of work on her family's diasporic experiences and hybrid identities as Malaysian Chinese in Southeast Asia and America.
Her most recent film, A Community of Friends (2011) tells a story closer to her current place of residence; and documents the early history of the public library in Los Angeles Chinatown with oral history interviews and archival footage of individuals from the Chinese immigrant and Chinese American communities in Southern California who advocated, organized, and lobbied the City Council for a public branch library in the Downtown Los Angeles to service the growing and changing population in the Chinatown neighborhood in early 1970s.
Her work has been screened in film festivals, academic conferences, art galleries, public libraries, and on PBS -- locally, nationally, and internationally in Europe and Asia.
She is also a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Information Studies Department. Prior to returning to graduate school, she was the Assistant Director of the Center for EthnoCommunications at the UCLA Asian American Studies Center where she developed, produced, and promoted media about and by Asian Americans and their communities. She also taught classes in community media, video ethnography, and documentary filmmaking at the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies
She originally hails from the East Coast, growing-up in Maryland. She attended college in Pennsylvania and has a BA in East Asian Studies, graduating cum laude.
- Archival Diary - Personal Website