About IVCE

Culture program

Nhip Song Magazine

Education program



    The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education

The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education (IVCE) is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization founded in 2000. IVCE�s statement of purpose is as follows:
. To promote Vietnamese culture through Vietnamese language magazine, culture shows, music and art seminars, and exhibitions.
. To help students in Vietnam acquire basic and/or higher education by providing assistance to obtain admission, scholarships, grants, aid, books and supplies and through the student exchange program.
. To promote educational exchanges between Vietnam and the United States.
. To conduct humanitarian activities in Vietnam and in the United States.

Funding for IVCE comes primarily from grants, donations and fundraising proceeds. All donations are tax deductible as permitted by law. Please send donations to.

    The Institute for Vietnamese Culture & Education
    131 Lexington Street
    Westbury, NY 11590

    Executive Board

    Tran Thang, President

    Tran Thang arrived in the U.S in 1991 and currently resides in Connecticut. He graduated with a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1997 and worked for Pratt & Whitney during 2000-2020. Mr. Tran was the editor in chief of NhipSong Magazine.

    Tran Thuan, Vice-President

    Tran Thuan arrived in the U.S. in 1983 and settled in Long Island, New York. He received a B.A and an M.A. in English from Queens College, and an M.A. in Linguistics from The City University ofNew York at the Graduate Center. He is working toward his Ph.D. in Linguistics at the City University of New York at the Graduate Center, specializing in Second Language Acquisition. From 1998 to 2002, he taught English Composition and English as a Second Language at Hofstra Universty, Queensborough Community College, and LaGuardia Community College in New York. Thuan Tran is currently in Hanoi teaching English Composition, Literature, and TOEFL preparation at Troy State University (Alabama, Hanoi Campus), and at the same time conducting his pre-dissertation research in Second Language Acquisition.

    Kry Phuong Uyen, Vice-President

    Phuong Uyen obtained a B.A. in Sociology and International Studies from Yale University in 1995 and a J.D from Boston College in 2003. Uyen is an attorney with her own general practice in Quincy, Massachusetts. Prior to law school, Uyen was a legal analyst at Tufts Health Plan and a paralegal in New York City. Uyen came to the U.S. in 1982 at the age of eight. Uyen has always had a deep interest in serving the Vietnamese and believes that a legal education is where she can be of most service to the community.

    Ton Nu Dan Phuong, Treasurer

    Ton Nu Dan Phuong arrived in the U.S in 1992 and currently resides in New Jersey. Phuong obtained a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University in 2004. She was a former president for the Vietnamese Students Association at Columbia University in 2003. She is currently working as a business consultant for IBM in the Business Consulting Services group responsible for project management and driving growth and efficiency by transforming the business strategy and operations of financial services institutions.

    Pham Tiffany Kieu Oanh, Secretary

    Tiffany Kieu Oanh Pham arrived in the U.S. in 1990, and currently resides in New York City. She obtained a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale University in 2005. She is currently working as a financial analyst in Goldman Sachs in the Corporate Treasury Department managing the company's capital. She plans to go back to Vietnam in the near future to found professional schools and liberal arts colleges.


    Board of Directors

    Professor John Balaban

    John Balaban is the author of eleven books of poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won The Academy of American Poets' Lamont prize, a National Poetry Series Selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. His Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, he is a translator of Vietnamese poetry, and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association. His books on Vietnam include Ca Dao Vietnam: A Bilingual Anthology of Vietnamese Folk Poetry, Vietnam: The Land We Never Knew (with the photographer, Geoffrey Clifford), Remembering Heaven's Face, a memoir, and Vietnam: A Traveler's Literary Companion (co-edited with Nguyen Qui Duc), and his acclaimed Spring Essence: The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong. Balaban is Poet-in-Residence and Professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is the 2001-2004 National Artist for the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

    Professor Nguyen Thuyet Phong

    NEA's National Heritage Fellow - The United States of America.

    In the United States, Phong Nguyen (Nguyen Thuyet Phong, in Vietnamese) - musician, scholar, and cultural advocate - has been the principal voice of his musical tradition. Phong Nguyen brings a rare and extraordinary combination of talents to his work. He first stayed in France in 1974, where he performed frequently and earned a doctoral degree in Ethnomusicology from the Sorbonne University in 1982. He then resettled in the United States and taught at Kent State University, the University of Washington, and UCLA. He has many recordings on several labels to his credit, including Traditional Music of Vietnam on Lyrichord, Vietnamese Music in France & the United States on World Music Enterprises, and Song of the Banyan on Music of the World/World Music Institute. http://www.phong-nguyen.com

    Doctor Ngo Thanh Nhan

    Thanh Nh�n, Ph.D. linguistics, is a visiting scholar at the New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He specializes in medical language processing and in computer character encoding of Vietnamese national scripts. He plays d�n tranh�a Vietnamese 16-string zither, and performs Vietnamese traditional music widely. Dr. Nh�n is Vice President of the Vietnamese N�m Preservation Foundation (http://nomfoundation.org), and a board member of The Brecht Forum, and the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education. Dr. Nh�n is a core organizer of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (http://www.vn-agentorange.org). He was a founding member of Peeling (the Banana), a New York Asian American performing arts collective, 1995-2003. He was in different films and plays.

    Professor Tran Vu Hoa

    Tran Vu Hoa arrived in the US in 1983 and started pursuing his undergraduate degrees at SUNY - Stony Brook. In 1992, he finished his Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, with his research topic as "New Dynamic Routing Algorithm for Large Gigabit networks". In 1994, he joined the Dept of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science of New York University as faculty. His current research interests are Network Traffic Management, Intelligent Networks, Optical Networks, Internet Software & Distributed Computing, Video Communications, Visualization, Human and Machine Interface, Default Reasoning & Common Knowledge, Stochastic Processes, Quantum Field & String Theory. He has a passion to contribute to the growth of Vietnam, especially in the area of education. In the past years, he had spent some time for the related Vietnam projects.