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Patricia Nguyen was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is a performance artist, educator, and scholar. As a child of refugees, growing up in a racially diverse working class community, she was raised on the bedrock of hope and hardwork. Patricia carried this spirit into her work in the United States, Vietnam, Brazil, and the Philippines with over 15 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights. She has facilitated trainings and workshops with The Fubright Program, American Center at the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jane Addams Hull House, Christina Noble Foundation, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, Vietnamese American Young Leadership Association in New Orleans, Asian Human Services, and 96 Acres on issues ranging from forced migration, mental health, youth empowerment, and language access. Patricia has published work in the Harvard Kennedy School's Asian American Policy Review and The Methuen Drama Anthology of Modern Asian Plays edited by Siyuan Liu and Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr. She is the co-founder and executive director of Axis Lab, a community-centered art, food, and design studio in Chicago. 

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