Going Against The Grain

Each month at Against The Grain, we highlight an Asian American who embodies “Going Against The Grain” in their life and work. These individuals tell a personal story, Q-and-A style, that demonstrates the challenges and successes in their chosen careers and callings and also inspires our community to pave their own paths to happiness and success. You can read these stories here, read about them in our monthly newsletter and get updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you know someone who would be a great Going Against The Grain feature story, please email info@againstthegrainproductions.com. Enjoy!

Going Against The Grain: Steve Hyun

Steve Hyun is the President & CEO of Siva Group & SIVA Select, entrepreneur, leader & mentor. Siva Group is a full service entertainment and talent agency that specializes in event marketing, tour management and production, and concert promotion, working with artists from the US, Korea, and Japan. SIVA offers services …

Apply Today for the 2017 ATG Culture/Heritage Camp Scholarship

 XX The 2017 Against The Grain Vietnamese and Thai Heritage Camp Scholarship application process is officially open! Following our support of orphanages and underprivileged children in Asia, Against The Grain also provides scholarships here at home to ten young Asian American adoptees each year to attend culture camps such as …

Going Against The Grain: Hoang-Kim Cung

Hoang-Kim Cung is a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTKR News 3, a CBS affiliate in the Virginia Beach area. She is a former Miss Nebraska USA and was the first Vietnamese-American woman to compete at Miss USA in 2015. When she’s not reporting in the newsroom, she’s working on …

Going Against The Grain: Andrew D. Nguyen

Like all kids that enjoy dancing, Andrew D. Nguyen started by learning from music videos at home and with his friends. At the time, he was not aware with many other genres of dancing or that being a dancer would be a possible career path for him. In 2007, he …

Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid: Vietnam

Throughout the month of December 2016, with the coordinated efforts of our advisor to Vietnam, Mrs. Aileen Nguyen, and our dedicated volunteers on the ground, ATG distributed gift packages to 246 students from six schools who are orphans and/or from poverty in Dien Ban, Quang Nam and Da Nang, Vietnam. …

Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid Update: Thailand

Thanks to our aid advisor to Thailand, Lisa Tran, and our ambassador Yui Yud, ATG was able to make a small disbursement of $550 in aid over the Christmas holidays to The Mercy Center, which is located in central Bangkok, Thailand in an area called Klong Toey, an area which …

2016 Underprivileged Children and Orphanage Aid Fall Update: Vietnam

by ATG Advisor to Vietnam Aileen Nguyen ATG continues our mission to help students from extremely disadvantaged families to go to school. This time, we prepared and distributed 246 sets of gifts comprised of a winter jacket, a school uniform set, and school supplies for this school year to students …

Going Against The Grain: Sarah Bryan Hickey

Speech Language Pathology Assistant Sarah Bryan Hickey is a 20-something from Dallas, Texas, living out her lifelong dream of being an artist. She’s always had a passion to create, make people smile, and leave a lasting impression. This season, she has been blessed with the flexibility to work in a pediatric …

Meet Our 2016 ATG Scholarship Winners!

The ATG Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the 2016 Scholarship Winners. Scored based on strength of GPA, leadership/community involvement, portfolio/video submission, essays, letters of recommendation and a final phone interview, we chose nine students who are brilliant, shining examples of what it means to go Against The Grain. We are truly …

Going Against The Grain: Ayden Nguyen

Ayden Nguyen is a 7 year-old dancer, actor and model from Garland, Texas. From a very young age, Ayden has always been a natural performer, entertainer and lover of dance. Those characteristics have launched him onto a path that leads directly into the entertainment industry. He enjoys all aspects of …

Celebrating Asian American Talent for a Cause at ATG’s 8th Annual Fashion for a Passion

Nov. 7, 2016 (DALLAS) – Fashion for a Passion presented by Audi Dallas gave guests from all over the Dallas community a fresh take on Asian American fashion, music and art at its 8th annual event on Oct. 29 at new venue sixty five hundred. Through sponsorships, ticket sales, live and silent …

Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid Update: The Philippines

ATG was able to provide $2,100 to support underprivileged children in the Philippines recently with the remaining $900 still in process of being disbursed. Thanks to the help of ATG Co-Director of Programming/Events Jennifer Devany’s family and family friends, 100 kids in the province of Buhi Camarines Sur were so humbled …

Join the 2017 ATG Tribe – Applications due Fri Dec 9th

Professional. Committed. Passionate. Great Time Management. Excellent follow through. Mature. Resourceful. Creative. ATG Attitude. #beCAUSE Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? Want to make amazing friends, have life changing experiences and feed your soul? As we gear up for an important year ahead and a …

Meet Our 2016 Fashion for a Passion Performers

Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the lineup of performers for their eighth annual Fashion for a Passion charity event on Saturday, Oct. 29, at sixty five hundred near Love Field Airport. This year’s show will feature a wide variety of Asian American talent, including two youth …

Going Against The Grain: Danny Nguyen

Lurid fluorescent light spills over a shadowy figure working deep into the night. Exacting needles, spools of fine thread, and luxuriant fabrics find their way in and around the dexterous hands of this diligent artist. Reckless passion is cast aside and replaced by the brutal will of a true fashion …

Announcing the 2016 Fashion for a Passion Artist Lineup

Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce its 8th Annual Fashion for a Passion Exhibiting Artists. The roster of talented Asian American artists who practice a variety of media, includes a mix of emerging, established and 2016 Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship finalists. Fashion for a …

Meet Our 2016 ATG Scholarship Finalists

Through our Scholarship Program, ATG proudly awards Artistic, Groundbreaker Leadership, #LiveLikeLyly scholarships to a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students who are shining examples of what it means to go Against The Grain. Since 2011, we have awarded 30 scholarships. In 2015, we …

Going Against The Grain: Chef Uno Immanivong

Chef Uno is the owner of Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves. She was on “ABC’s The Taste” competing on Anthony Bourdain’s team and a regular on EyeOpener TV sharing her unique recipes. She started her culinary career when she founded Foodie Couture, a cooking entertainment and catering company. Ultimately Uno’s …

Thai “PopUp Supper” at New Jettison to Benefit ATG – Sept. 19

To celebrate the opening of their latest bar and event space Jettison (1878 Sylvan Ave, located at the new and exciting Sylvan | Thirty mixed-use development), Houndstooth Coffee will host a series of intimate PopUp Suppers featuring renowned chefs across the Dallas Metroplex serving up dishes from their favorite cuisines from around the …

Asian American Leaders “Go All In” During Sin City Leadership Panel

DALLAS (Aug. 30, 2016) – Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions once again joined the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) at their national conference, this time in Las Vegas, to present their 5th Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers and Shakers on Aug. 13. Taking place …

Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid Update: Cambodia

ATG proudly made a distribution of $3,000 to our supported orphanages in Cambodia. Thanks to the help of ATG Advisor (Cambodia Aid) Thear Su Suzuki’s parents and family friends, 100 orphans living in three provinces, including Takeo, Kampot and Kampon Speu, enjoyed an incredible collection of items to meet their …

Going Against The Grain: Miki Yamashita and LT Diana Tran-Yu

Actress, comedian and lyric soprano Miki Yamashita is a singer and teaching artist with the Los Angeles Opera. She made her main stage debut in the role of Marcellina in “Figaro 90210”. With the LA Opera’s community engagement division, Miki has fused her New England Conservatory-trained voice with her unique …

President Tammy Nguyen Lee to Receive Award with Southwest Jewish Congress

We are proud to announce that our very own Co-Founder and President Tammy Nguyen Lee will be receiving an Audrey Kaplan Inspiring Women of the Southwest Awards from the Southwest Jewish Congress on Oct. 26 at Eddie Deen’s Ranch. Emceeing will be Sylvia Komatsu, Chief Content Officer at KERA and KXT. The …

2016 Heritage Camp Recap – ATG-Style

ATG Ambassadors Hue Miner Pedersen, Carol Nguyen and Tien Truong joined our own ATG Advisor Jared Rehberg (who served as this year’s Camp Director) at Vietnamese Thai Heritage Camp in Estes Park, Colorado this past July 14 to 17. Hue and Carol share their experiences at camp and how the …

Announcing 2016 Heritage Camp Winners

Congratulations to our 2016 Heritage Camp Scholarship Winners! For the past several years, we have given ten $100 scholarships to allowing ten adoptee youths to spend a few days during the summer connecting with their birth culture, bonding with new friends and participating in enriching activities. Our ten Asian American …

Announcing the 2016 Fashion for a Passion Presenting Designer Lineup

Against The Grain Productions (ATG) is proud to announce the presenting designer lineup for its 8th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event presented by Audi Dallas, taking place Saturday, Oct. 29, at sixty five hundred, 6500 Cedar Springs Road. Handpicked by the ATG board, these designers represent an exciting …

Against The Grain Announces 5th Annual Groundbreakers Speak Panel

July 13, 2016 (DALLAS) – Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions will host their 5th Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Movers and Shakers at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in the Emperors Ballrooms I & II in partnership with the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) at the NAAAP …

Going Against The Grain: Quentin Lee

With great pride, we spotlight feature filmmaker Quentin Lee for this month’s Going Against The Grain, who will also join our amazing panelists for our 5th Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers and Shakers in Las Vegas at the NAAAP National Convention on Saturday, Aug. 13th. A …

ATG to Co-Present “Journey from the Fall” at Asian Film Festival of Dallas July 15th

Against The Grain is excited to co-present with our community partner the 15th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas (AFFD) Journey from the Fall, a film by Vietnamese Director, Writer and Editor Ham Tran, on Saturday, July 23rd, from from 6:30 to 8:45 pm, at Angelika Film Center – Dallas, 5321 East …

Two Exciting New Events at 2016 NAAAP National Convention

The 2016 NAAAP National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, is just around the corner (Thursday, August 11, to Saturday, August 13), and we couldn’t be more excited at ATG. This year’s theme “Going All In: Leading with Courage” is the perfect backdrop for our 5th Annual Groundbreaker’s Speak: A Conversation …

2016 Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Update: Vietnam

As we end the second half of the year, our wonderful volunteers on the ground in Vietnam have generously donate their time and effort to help make two recent disbursements on behalf of ATG to our supported orphanages and underprivileged children. We are so grateful to you, our generous donors …

Nearly $420 Raised from Tasty Tails Dine for Cause May 18

Against The Grain Productions is overwhelmed by the amount of support from the local community at their latest Dine for a Cause. On May 18, Tasty Tails in Richardson donated about $420 that will go toward our Asian orphanages and underprivileged children, scholarship fund and community outreach programs. The donation …

Going Against The Grain: Tiffany Pham

Tiffany Pham is the Founder & CEO of Mogul, an award-winning worldwide platform connecting women to trending content, including stories, products, and jobs that are personalized to their interests. Mogul is visited by millions of women from over 196 countries and 30,000 cities worldwide. Mogul was listed as one of …

More Than $20,000 in Scholarships Available for Asian American Students

Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions (ATG) is pleased to announce that applications for its annual scholarship program is available now through May 31. More than $20,000 in funds will be awarded to deserving Asian American students who will be attending accredited U.S. universities during the 2016-2017 school year.

Going Against The Grain: Quynh Chau Stone

Quynh Chau Stone is an entrepreneur, manufacturer, consultant, international educator, motivational speaker, the host and producer of a radio and TV talk show “The Quynh Chau Show,” a wife, a mother, a friend and most of all a servant to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Quynh Chau escaped from …

ATG Scholarship Update: Thoa Nguyen (2012 Winner)

Scholarship Winner: Thoa Nguyen School: University of Texas at Austin Major: Radio/Television/Film One of the most compelling reasons we chose Thoa Nguyen to receive an ATG Artistic Scholarship Award and featured her in our monthly Going Against The Grain posts in 2012 was her sheer talent and tenacity. An immigrant from Vietnam at …

ATG Scholarship Update: Kit Zauhar (2013 Winner)

Scholarship Winner: Kit Zauhar School: NYU Tisch Major: Film and Television Production, Minors in Creative Writing and Philosophy The last time we caught up with Kit Zauhar, she was just 18 years-old, waiting to attend NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Since receiving her ATG Artistic Scholarship Award in 2013, …

ATG Scholarship Update: Lizzy Tan (2014 Winner)

Scholarship Winner: Lizzy Tan School: University of Texas at Austin Major(s): B.F.A. Dance, B.A. Economics, Liberal Arts Honors Year: Sophomore Sophomore Lizzy Tan has been one busy Longhorn since receiving an ATG Artistic Scholarship award in 2014. As a member of the University of Texas’ Dance Repertory Theatre, she has participated …

Going Against The Grain: Kym Pham

Photo of Kym Pham by Eskil Digernes. Born in Paris, Kym Pham is a Wonder Architect + Experience Designer living on the road. Between summiting remote mountains in Kyrgyzstan, competing in 4,000km rickshaw races across India, and studying sacred plant medicine in Peru, Kym Pham has documented nearly 70 countries …

Apply Today for the 2016 ATG Vietnamese and Thai Heritage Camp Scholarship by July 1st

Our 2015 Heritage and Culture Camp Scholarship Winners The 2016 Against The Grain Vietnamese and Thai Heritage Camp Scholarship application process is officially open! Following our support of orphanages and underprivileged children in Asia, Against The Grain also provides scholarships here at home to ten young Asian American adoptees each …

New Community Partners AREAA DFW and The Source of Hope!

ATG Board at the 2016 AREAA DFW Board Initiation and Charity Gala 01/29 We are thrilled at Against The Grain to partner with two North Texas organizations – AREAA DFW (Asian Real Estate Association of America of DFW) and The Source of Hope! Our community partners are nonprofits and governmental institutions who …

Going Against The Grain: Khai Vu

Born in Vietnam in 1980, Chef Khai Vu came to the States at the young age of 11. His first love and passion has always been food. With his Grandmother’s cooking as his young inspiration and his father growing him to be a successful business man, his family’s shared love of …

Going Against The Grain: Rosa Oh

Rosa Oh is an accomplished business owner and community leader. She is the CEO and CMO of two companies, The Oh Group, LLC, a marketing and advertising agency and her new company Strap and Tote, LLC. She has been in marketing and advertising for the past 20 years.

December 2015 Aid Disbursement: The Philippines

In December 2015, Against The Grain Productions made their very first disbursement to Lady Fatima Orphanage located in Taguig, Philippines. With $1,500 allocated to orphanage aid in the Philippines for 2015, ATG’s Philippines Orphanage Advisor Stephen Tran and his team assisted in purchasing and donating supplies. ATG Co-Director of Programming Jennifer …

ATG Ends 2015 with Support for Two Thai Orphanages

Before the  end of 2015, Against The Grain was excited to continue its support to orphans and underprivileged children. Many thanks to Yui Yudhanaraweesak for purchasing and distributing the supplies and gifts for the children on ATG’s behalf. Here is her account of how her visit went as well as photos …

A Thank You for a Wonderful 2015 from Our President

Thanks to the support of our generous sponsors, donors and community supporters, 2015 was another year for the record books at ATG!

Orphanage Aid Update: Quan Chau-Da Nang and Uu Dam-Hue (Vietnam)

Against The Grain made another meaningful aid disbursement to our supported orphanages and underprivileged children in Vietnam. Ms. Aileen Nguyen, Co-Founder of Against The Grain, provides this touching report. See our Facebook album for more photos.

Sukan Jewelry Hosts Two-Day Sale; Will Donate 10% to ATG

Sukan Jewelry, one of our 2015 Fashion for a Passion presenting designers, will offer a two-day promotion with 10 percent of proceeds donated back to ATG. Sukan believes in the power of giving by being a global citizen and providing opportunities to women in India to learn a skill and be employed. The living …

Against The Grain Productions Receives $5,000 Orchid Giving Circle Grant Award for New Film Project

Dec. 9, 2015 (DALLAS) – Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce it is a recipient of a $5,000 grant from the inaugural Orchid Giving Circle at Dallas Women’s Foundation grant cycle on Dec. 1. Against The Grain plans to use the grant to create a trailer for …

Going Against The Grain: Yut Chia

Yut Chia is a Colombian violinist of Chinese descent, who came to New York City at the age of three in pursuit of the American Dream. As a young child, he was inspired by classical music that he heard and had always wanted to play the violin. However, despite a …

Going Against The Grain: Ranier Pabilona

Ranier Pabilona, Founder and CEO of RGP Group, LLC, an online wholesale and distribution network based in Houston, is generously providing $10,000 for two entrepreneurial scholarships for Against The Grain in 2016. The Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship will recognize Asian American high school, graduate and post-graduate students pursuing a career in entrepreneurship. No …

Announcing the Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship

  Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the addition of The Lily Pabilona Emerging Entrepreneur Scholarship to its scholarship fund for 2016. Recognizing Asian American high school, graduate and post-graduate students pursuing a career in entrepreneurship, the new scholarship will provide two $5,000 awards for U.S. students attending accredited American universities. …

Apply Today for the 2016 ATG Board – Deadline: Dec. 4

Professional. Committed. Passionate. Great Time Management. Excellent follow through. Mature. Resourceful. Creative. ATG Attitude. #beCAUSE The Ingredients of an ATG Leader and the team that makes it happen! Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? Want to make amazing friends and have life changing experiences? ATG is currently …

Asian American Fashion, Music, Art Celebrated at 7th Annual Fashion for a Passion

DALLAS – Nov. 19, 2015 – Fashion for a Passion presented by Audi Dallas gave guests from all over the Dallas community a fresh take on Asian American fashion, music and art at its 7th annual event on Nov. 7 at 7 for Parties in the Design District. Through ticket sales, …

Going Against The Grain: Sophie Chien

Eighteen-year-old 2015 Against The Grain Bruce & Pat McRae Scholarship Winner, who is attending the Rhode Island School of Design and majoring in Architecture, was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. She grew up surrounded by critiques and discussions about design, as her parents are both architects. From this influence, she was drawn …

2015 Orphanage and Underprivileged Children Aid Update: Vietnam

Thanks to your support, we were able to provide $6,000 in support to several orphanages in Vietnam this fall. Here is the report from Ms. Aileen Nguyen on the disbursement. “In addition to Ưu Đàm orphanage, ATG also helped SCP Danang House #3. SCP Danang House 3 and 4 celebrated Mid-Autumn …

ATG Donates to Nepal Aid Relief Donation

Thanks to your efforts and with the recommendation of our Outreach team, we have donated $250 of this year’s Cindi’s New York Deli Dine for a Cause funds to UNICEF for Nepal Aid Relief. From their website: https://www.unicefusa.org/donate/nepal-earthquake-help-children-now/24226

Going Against The Grain: Nicholas Phat Nguyen

Nicholas Phat Nguyen is one of our newest Presenting Designers who will showcase his fashion line at our 7th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event on Nov. 7. Nguyen grew up in Saigon, Vietnam, with a childhood dream of becoming a major fashion designer. As a part of a …

Meet Our 2015 Fashion for a Passion Exhibiting Artists

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce its 7th Annual Fashion for a Passion Exhibiting Artists. For the first time ever in the event’s history, these six talented artists recently received honors as 2015 Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship finalists or winners, noted …

Shop at Kroger – and Support ATG!

When you connect your Kroger Plus card to ATG’s nonprofit account, a portion of your receipts every time will go toward ATG. Here’s how you can connect your current Kroger account, register for a new one and start making it easy to get groceries for good!

Orphanage Aid Report 2015: Cambodia

We are proud to announce that our volunteers on the ground in Cambodia recently provided much-needed food and supplies to our supported orphanages in the region. Special thanks to Ms. Bin Navy, a relative of ATG Advisor to Cambodia Ms. Thear Sy Suzuki, and her friends Mr. Ngoun Rith and …

Announcing the 2015 Fashion for a Passion Musical Performer Line-Up

Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the lineup of musical performers for their seventh annual Fashion for a Passion charity event on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 for Parties in the Dallas Design District. In an exciting new twist for this year’s show, Dallas singer songwriter …

Support ATG on #NTXGIVINGDAY – Thursday, Sept. 17!

WILL YOU HELP AGAINST THE GRAIN MEET OUR  #NTXGIVINGDAY CHALLENGES?! Against The Grain is participating in Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day  – and we need your help! Our goal this year is to raise $2,000 in just 18 HOURS for our supported orphanages and underprivileged children in Asia, …

Going Against The Grain: 2015 ATG Scholarship Winners

The ATG Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the 2015 Scholarship Winners.  Scored based on strength of GPA, leadership/community involvement, portfolio/video submission, essays, letters of recommendation and a final phone interview, we again chose TEN students who are brilliant, shining examples of what it means to go Against The Grain. We are …

Tammy Nguyen Lee featured as “Angry Reader of the Week”

ATG President/Co-Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee is featured as the Angry Reader of the Week on iconic blog Angry Asian Man founded by 2015 Groundbreakers Speak panelist Phil Yu.

#FinalistFriday: Meet Our ATG Scholarship Finalists!

Through our Scholarship Program, ATG proudly awards Artistic, Groundbreaker Leadership and #LiveLikeLyly scholarships to a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students who are shining examples of what it means to go Against The Grain. Since 2011, we have awarded 20 scholarships. In 2014, …

4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak Added New Flavor to NAAAP National Conference

DALLAS (Aug. 10, 2015) – Asian American leaders gathered together Saturday to share their motivating personal stories to success at Against The Grain Productions’ 4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak Event during the National Association of Asian American Professionals National Convention at the Hilton Anatole. In TED-inspired presentations, question-and-answer lightning round and …

ATG President and Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee Recognized as a NAAAP 100 Honoree

The ATG family is excited that the NAAAP 100 committee has selected our very own President and Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee to be recognized at the upcoming National Convention in Dallas, at the evening Gala on Aug. 8! The NAAAP 100 Award, Presented by Buick recognizes the most exemplary leaders in the …

Orphanage/Underprivileged Children Aid Report: The Philippines

      by Jennifer Devany | Co-Director of Community Outreach |After searching long and hard, the wait is finally over. On Sunday, July 15, ATG’s Philippines Aid Advisor Stephen Tan, ATG’s Vice President Renea Virata, and Co-Director of Community Outreach Jennifer Devany met and discussed making the very first …

Announcing Our 2015 Heritage/Culture Camp Winners!

Following our support of orphanages in Asia, ATG also provides scholarships here at home to ten young Asian American adoptees each year to attend culture camps such as Catalyst Foundation’s Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families and Vietnamese Heritage Camp. Last year, we raised $1,000, allowing ten youths to spend a …

Vietnamese Heritage Camp 2015 a Great Success!

by Jennifer Devany | Co-Director of Community Outreach | Any mention of camps in relation with Vietnamese would generally conjure up images of the re-education camp in Vietnam back in 1975 after the Fall of Saigon.  No.  This is not the case here.  On Thursday, July 23rd through Saturday July …

Congratulations to Our 2015 ATG Artistic, Groundbreaker Leadership & #LiveLikeLyly Scholarship Finalists!

Through our Scholarship Program, ATG proudly awards Artistic, Grounbreaker Leadership and #LiveLikeLyly scholarships to a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate school students who are shining examples of what it means to Go Against The Grain. Since 2011, we have awarded 20 scholarships. In …

Vietnamese Orphanage/Underprivileged Children Aid Report

With your generous support, ATG is proudly able to send aid for basic needs in the form of food, clothing, medicine, recreational toys, and cultural celebrations to nourish their body, mind and spirit of these children in need. With the help of the local “Education Promotion Association (Hội Khuyến Học) …

Going Against The Grain: Angry Asian Man (Phil Yu) & Ben Smithee

Phil Yu is the founder and editor of the popular Asian American news/culture blog Angry Asian Man. He is also co-host of the web talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv, and host of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast. Building a steady, loyal readership since 2001, Angry Asian …

Orphanage Aid 2015 Update: The Philippines

The ATG Board is proud to announce that orphanage aid to The Philippines is moving forward at a swift pace! We are currently in the process of securing our relationship with two locations that desperately need basic-need items and school supplies. Many thanks to our Advisor Stephen Tan, a childhood …

Going Against The Grain: Caren Lock

Caren K. Lock is the Regional Vice President and Associate General Counsel of TIAA-CREF, a full-service financial services company, where she is the primary interface for the company on all legislative, executive, administrative, and regulatory matters in the southwest region. She also directs all legislative lobbying and regulatory advocacy in …

ATG Proud to Co-Present “Gentle” at AFFD

Against The Grain is proud to co-present the Vietnamese film Gentle with Asian Film Festival of Dallas on Saturday, July 18, at 11:30 pm at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 Mockingbird LnDallas, TX, 75209. Directed by Kiet Le-Van, the film is in Vietnamese with English subtitles. Please join us and support an unforgettable night of Asian …

Announcing the 2015 Fashion for a Passion Designer Line-Up

Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the presenting designer line-up for its 7th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event presented by Audi Dallas, taking place Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 for Parties in Dallas’ Design District. Handpicked by the ATG board, these designers represent an exciting mix …

ATG Presents 4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak at NAAAP National Convention

June 17, 2015 (DALLAS) – Back by popular demand, non-profit Against The Grain Productions will host their 4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Movers and Shakers – a diverse panel of remarkable Asian American industry leaders brought together to share their inspiring personal stories and paths to success. For the first …

Going Against The Grain: Jack Yang

Jack Yang is an actor, writer, producer and director. He has been seen on various televisions shows, movies and video games over the past 17 years. Jack started early-on as a model and commercial actor while doing extra work on television shows. He studied Directing and Photography at the Art …

Going Against The Grain: Larry g(EE)

We are excited to include Dallas-based soul singer-songwriter Larry G(ee) on our 4th Annual Groundbreakers Speak panel August 8th! His  career has taken him from LA to New York and back here to Dallas for audiences to enjoy locally. Most recently, he released his highly anticipated single “Days Like This” …

Going Against The Grain Tiffany Hendra

We are so excited to have the fabulous Tiffany Hendra join us this year as a guest emcee at our 7th Annual Fashion for a Passion on November 7! From the trailer park to Beverly Hills and now back to Texas, Tiffany Hendra teaches women from all walks of life how …

2015 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest

WIN $100 for VIETNAMESE HERITAGE/CULTURE CAMP! Enter today! Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the 2015 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest! ATG is giving away camp scholarships to 10 lucky campers to help pay for the camp of their choice.

Going Against The Grain: Grace Wu

  Grace Wu serves as Executive Vice President, Casting, NBC Entertainment since 2009. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Berkeley, Wu began her career in entertainment casting as an assistant on the feature film “In & Out,” starring Kevin Kline.  She transitioned …

Orphanage Update: Vietnam

Against The Grain’s latest orphanage expedition at the end of 2014 took our team, led by Against The Grain co-founder Aileen Nguyen, to Quan Chau, which provides a home for about 120 orphans, many of whom are babies aged two to six months.

Apply Now: 2015 ATG Artistic/Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarships

The 2015 Against The Grain Artistic and Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship applications are now available! These scholarships, funding for which is provided by generous sponsors and donors as well as special fundraising events that ATG produces each year, honors a select group of amazing Asian American high school seniors, college undergraduate and …

Going Against The Grain: Quan Phung

Quan Phung | President, Scripted Programming | Slingshot Global Media Quan Phung is President of Scripted Programming at Slingshot Global Media, an independent television studio backed by private equity and based in Santa Monica, California.  Established in 2014, Slingshot’s mission is to build a talent-friendly, forward-thinking 21st century studio that …

In Memoriam: Lyly Koenig Mendez, Operation Babylift Adoptee

Against The Grain was saddened to learn of the passing of a very special member of the ATG family Lyly Koenig Mendez. Lyly was an orphan brought to the United States through Operation Babylift and whose story is highlighted in ATG’s documentary feature, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. A great …

February Sales of Operation Babylift to Support Adoptee DC Wolfe

The Against The Grain family’s first members were not only its founders but also the adoptees featured in the award-winning documentary film Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, directed and produced by our president and co-founder Tammy Nguyen Lee. The poignant film, a 5 year passion project that was completed …

Going Against The Grain: Yasmeen Tadia

Yasmeen Tadia is a 32 year-old single mother, with more than 10 years of Human Resources and Business Management experience. In her last role, she was the Corporate Director of Human Resources for the largest hotel management company in New York City, where she managed hotels all over the world from …

Wanted: 2015 ATG Board & Creative Team

Professional. Committed. Passionate. Great Time Management. Excellent follow through. Mature. Resourceful. Creative. ATG Attitude. #beCAUSE The Ingredients of an ATG Leader and the Team that Makes It Happen! Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? Want to make amazing friends and have life changing experiences? ATG …

Orphanage Update: Cambodia

    Thanks to your support, we were able to expand our assistance to orphanages in Cambodia this year! Many special thanks to Rev. Sy Seng Ouk and his wife Mrs. Esther  Ky (parents of ATG advisor and long-time friend  Thear Suzuki) who recently visited our supported orphanages and gave us the …

Going Against The Grain: Cynthia Yung

  Cynthia Yung, Executive Director of The Boone Family Foundation Cynthia Yung currently serves as Executive Director of The Boone Family Foundation, a resource for social change. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and recommending grants for nonprofit organizations that focus on supporting programs which advance equity for …

Asia World Media: Fabulous Fashions For Charity At Fashion For A Passion

by Anthony Tran, Asia World Media | November 3, 2014   The Three Three Three First Avenue was the place to be on Saturday night, November 1, 2014.  Dallas Fashion enthusiasts flocked to the sixth annual ‘Fashion For A Passion,’ eager to bid on a line-up of designer dresses up for …

DFW Style Daily: Against The Grain’s ‘Fashion for a Passion’ Marks Record-Setting Year in 2014

by Lisa Petty, DFWStyleDaily.com A true passion project of Dallas-based Against The Grain Productions (ATG), Fashion For A Passion is among our city’s most anticipated events each fall. On Saturday, November 1, a sold-out crowd of 450-plus gathered at Three Three Three First Avenue for the sixth annual runway show and stylish fête, which featured a series …

6th Annual Fashion for Passion Breaks All Event Records

November 5, 2014 (Dallas, TX) – On Saturday, November 1, Against The Grain Productions held its 6th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event at Three Three Three First Avenue. In a sold-out show that beat all event records, the event hosted 450 guests and raised more than $35K in …

Dallas Morning News: Fashion for a Passion benefit Showcases Asian American Designers’ Work

by Deborah Fleck, Dallas Morning News | October 29, 2014 Deborah Fleck Follow debbiewfleck dfleck@dallasnews.com Published: 29 October 2014 08:46 PM Updated: 30 October 2014 02:04 PM Asian-American fashion designers will present their creations in Tammy Nguyen Lee’s sixth annual Fashion for a Passion fundraiser Saturday. Lee is the founder and president of Against the …

Cykochik Pop-Up Shop at Fashion for a Passion November 1st!

Cykochik, a former Fashion for a Passion participant and one of our valued community shopping partners will have their line of oh-so-chic ATG Cause Clutches  and more for sale at Fashion for a Passion November 1st! With Christmas around the corner, buy and give something that is artistic, fashionable, ethically made AND …

6th Annual Fashion for a Passion Refreshed to Showcase New and Emerging Talent

Dallas, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce new elements and several exciting firsts for its 6th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event, taking place appropriately on Saturday, November 1st, at Three Three Three First Avenue. One of Dallas’ hottest must-have fashion tickets and charity events of …

Going Against The Grain: Vatana Watters

Vatana Watters, bridal designer and CEO of Watters Bridal and first-time bridal presenting designer at Fashion for a Passion We are proud to highlight Vatana Watters of Watters Bridal for this month’s Going Against The Grain feature. For the past three years, Watters has been a generous supporter of ATG and Fashion for …

DFW Style Daily: Watters Bridal Preps Romantic Runway for Fashion For A Passion 2014

by Leah Frazier | DFWStyleDaily.com | Published September 26, 2014 | As the first week of fall concludes, excitement builds for one of the leading events of our social season: Fashion For A Passion. Produced by Dallas-based Against The Grain Productions, this annual fundraiser has garnered widespread attention and continues to gain …

Orphanage Update: Uu Dam’s Harvest Moon Festival Celebration

On September 8th, children at Uu Dam, one of our supported orphanages in Vietnam, celebrated “Trung Thu Cho Em” or the “Children’s Harvest Moon Festival” in their play yard.  According to orphanage director PT, it was “very exciting, vibrant and warm with love.” During the happy occasion, the young orphans …

#FFAP2014: Introducing Our Exhibiting Artist Line-up

DALLAS, TX – Dallas non-profit Against The Grain Productions proudly announces the Exhibiting Artists for its much-anticipated 2014 6th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event on Saturday, November 1st at Three Three Three First Avenue in Downtown Dallas. Event guests will enjoy each artist’s work in an exciting display …

Going Against The Grain: Jeannie Mai

Jeannie Mai, Style Expert and co-hose of the nationally syndicated daytime show The Real Aside from her well-known hosting duties at Style Network, Jeannie Mai is also engaged in several philanthropic causes around the world. Jeannie frequently travels to Asia to volunteer with organizations, such as Heartbeat Vietnam – a …

#FFAP2014: Introducing Our Musical and Now Dance Performers!

DALLAS, TX – Dallas non-profit Against The Grain Productions proudly announces the performing artists for its much-anticipated Fashion for a Passion charity event. The celebration of Asian American talent, ranging from Filipino to Korean and Singaporean to Thai Americans, will kick off with musical performances by three Kollaboration Dallas artists …

Going Against The Grain: 2014 Artistic & Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship Winners

The ATG Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the 2014 Scholarship Winners.  Scored  based on strength of GPA, leadership/community involvement, portfolio/video submission, essays, letters of recommendation and a final phone interview, we chose a record TEN students who are brilliant, shining examples of what it means to go Against The Grain means …

ATG Presents at 2014 Vietnamese Heritage Camp – “We Are Family”

  The ATG Family was exceptionally proud be a able to participate in the 2014 Vietnamese Heritage Camp. Our team flew from Dallas to Denver, then drove to the YMCA of the Rockies in beautiful Estes Park, Colorado. In following this year’s camp theme, “We Are Family,” ATG presented a …

We Are Family, You Mean the World to Me

August 11, 2014 2014 Vietnamese Heritage Camp | Estes Park, Colorado          On July 31st I returned to Colorado for my 9th Vietnamese Heritage Camp and my third camp as a director. We spent the past 3 weeks making final adjustments and planning prepared to execute another exciting camp. …

Congratulations to 2014 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest Winners

ATG is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest. Many thanks to all of our campers who submitted this year. Check out how our winners go ‘Against The Grain’ and what going ‘Against The Grain’ means to them. Congratulations to our winners!   Avery Popelka What does ‘Against …

There’s No Place Like Home…or Vietnam Culture Camp

by Aivy Nguyen (ATG Social Media Chair) There’s a phrase that goes, “Home is where the heart is.” For many of the teenagers I worked with these past few weekends, home is in the form of Catalyst Foundation’s Vietnam Culture Camp. After a 4-year hiatus as a camp counselor for …

Congratulations to 2014 ATG Scholarship Finalists

After weeks of reviewing and deliberation, The ATG Scholarship Committee is proud to announce the 2014 Scholarship Finalists. We scored them based on GPA, leadership/community involvement, portfolio/video submission, essay and letters of recommendation. This group in particular is one of the strongest groups we’ve ever had. They are brilliant, shining …

Going Against The Grain: Gauthami Vemula

Gauthami Vemula is the Founder and Managing Partner of Color Me Safe, LLC, a family crisis consulting firm committed to protecting children and families of North Texas by offering guidance and solutions for child welfare and protection issues. Gauthami’s previous experience as a child abuse investigator and department manager at the Department …

Student Attempts to Enter University with a Fortune of Only VND100,0000, 1 cat and 2 rabbits

Dung Viet Nguyen lost his mother when he was one years-old.  His dad abandoned him when he was born.  He also just lost his maternal grandmother last year.  Dung said that his assets comprised of just over 100,000 VND (about $5 USD), 1 cat and 2 rabbits.

Sixth Annual “Fashion for a Passion” Announces 2014 Designer Line-Up

  Seven Designers to Feature Exclusive Creations Saturday, November 1  DALLAS, TX – Against The Grain Productions has selected seven emerging and established Asian American designers to join their elite roster of Presenting Designers at their upcoming Fashion for a Passion charity event, one of Dallas’ hottest must-have fashion tickets …

Going Against The Grain: Nol Meyer

I was born between 1972-73 in Saigon, Vietnam. I spent the next 2-3 years in the Sancta Maria Orphanage at 279/5 Le Quang Dinh in the Binh Thanh District of Saigon. I was adopted and taken out of Vietnam as part of Operation Babylift about two weeks before the end …

Vietnam Orphanage Update – International Children’s Day 6/1/14

This email was received from Uu Dam, one of ATG’s supported orphanages in Vietnam (which now has more than 60 children) after International Children’s Day. The following is translated from the original Vietnamese email, and names have been abbreviated for their privacy. ———- Dear  ATG Family: International Children’s holidays returned …

Vietnam Orphanage Update 6/3/14

In addition to providing aid for basic needs such as food, milk, clothing, educational tools and cultural celebrations, ATG takes it one step further with our supported orphanages in Vietnam.  We provide incentives to the orphans to work hard to make a better life for themselves by awarding those who …

Going Against The Grain: Kristen Kish

Born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI, Kristen Kish showed an affinity for cooking at a young age. Her mother suggested she go to culinary school and since attending Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Kristen has never looked back. After moving to Boston, Kristen has …

Orphanage Update: Uu Dam

(translated from Vietnamese, names abbreviated to protect their privacy.) Dear ATG family, Yesterday afternoon, PT and the children went to supermarket to shop for the necessities and food for the children at Uu Dam. The receipts added up to 10 million VND. The children were very excited. They always appreciate and have …

2014 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest

Win $100 for Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp! Enter today! Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the 2014 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest! ATG is giving away camp scholarships to 10 lucky campers to help pay for the camp of their choice. Past winners are not eligible. Here’s how it works: Step 1: Register …

Going Against The Grain: Thear Sy Suzuki

Thear Suzuki is Managing Partner of Ernst & Young’s Advisory Services business for the Southwest Region.  She provides advisory services to Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries, including Energy, Healthcare, Retail/Consumer Products and Telecommunications/Media/High Tech. Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Thear led Accenture’s US Advanced Systems …

Female Game Changers Gather at 3rd Annual Groundbreakers Speak

DALLAS, TX – Seven game-changing female Asian American leaders gathered to share personal stories about their paths to success at Against The Grain Productions’ 3rd Annual Groundbreakers Speak event on Saturday March 2, 2014, hosted at The Crow Collection of Asian Art. Despite the blustery weather conditions, guests packed into the …

Going Against The Grain: June Marieezy

Despite finding herself on the other side of the globe, June continues to grow her music in the Philippines. There is much excitement that surrounds Contagious’s EP release under Deeper Manila. After all, her five-year stay was musically and spiritually nurturing. Being lost all the time in the city and …

Female Groundbreakers Unite at Crow Collection to Share Stories of Inspiration and Motivation

DALLAS, TX – Building on the overwhelming response from the last two years,  non-profit Against The Grain Productions once again partners with The Crow Collection of Asian Art to host the 3rd Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Movers and Shakers – a diverse panel of remarkable Asian American industry leaders …

Going Against The Grain: Kim Phan

Kim Phan is a passionate gamer, producer, and community figure in the video game industry. She is currently Senior Manager of eSports at Blizzard Entertainment and is known for her love, passion, and dedication in the competitive and professional gaming scene. What started out as a hobby, later turned into …

Banh Chung Banh Day – A New Year Story for Tet by ATG

Long, long ago in Vietnam, there lived an ancient King named King Hung Vuong. He was a wise and thoughtful king who always tried to please his people and consider new ideas, and because of this, he was loved by his people. King Vuong grew old and he knew that …

Orphanage Update: A Substitute Mother

By Aileen Nguyen I have a friend who lives in Da Nang, my hometown.  We met three years ago through an acquaintance of mine while I visited Da Nang for distributions to the orphanages there.  Hong-Phan is very tall for a Vietnamese woman.  She often gets mistaken for a movie …

Going Against The Grain: LeUyen Pham

LeUyen Pham is an award-winning author/illustrator of nearly sixty children’s books.  Her books include “God’s Dream,” written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the New York Times Bestselling series “Freckleface Strawberry,” written by Julianne Moore, “Grace for President” by Kelly DiPucchio, the Alvin Ho Series by Lenore Look and “The Boy Who …

Wanted: 2014 ATG Board Members

Professional. Committed. Passionate. Great Time Management. Excellent follow through. Mature. Resourceful. Creative. ATG Attitude. The ingredients of an ATG Leader. Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? Want to make amazing friends and have life changing experiences? ATG is currently recruiting skilled, enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced leaders who …

Going Against The Grain: Jody Pham

Jody Pham is an artist and illustrator based in Dallas. Her love and appreciation for the visual arts began at a very young age, and only grew with time. Her work is distinctively monochromatic, and filled with intricate details that invite the viewer to take a closer look. She has …

D Magazine: Special Promotional Content: Against The Grain Productions 5th Annual Fashion for a Passion

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Fashion for a Passion No. 5 Marks New Milestone

DALLAS, TX – Non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions hosted its annual charity event Fashion for a Passion No. 5 on Saturday, Oct. 12th at The Dallas Contemporary Museum in the Dallas Design District. The show was attended by 365 guests who helped to raise $35k, which will go toward …

2013 Fashion for a Passion No. 5 Words of Praise

2013 was landmark year for Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions, who recently hosted its 5th annual Fashion for a Passion charity event. A unique evening, Fashion for a Passion brings the community together to celebrate emerging Asian American fashion designers, artists and musicians as a platform to promote …

Planting Hope and Magical Outcomes will Harvest

PLANTING HOPE AND MAGICAL OUTCOMES WILL HARVEST.   I was born in a remote countryside and grew up in perpetual hardship. The images of the tattered thatched roof and the people’s suffering lives in poverty have become part of my childhood memory.  Back then, everyday, we used studying as a …

Asia World Media: The Fusion of Fashions for a Honorable Cause

http://www.asiaworldmedia.com/main/archives/5360 When Fashion, Art and Music are merged together, what do you get? FFAP5 from Asia World Media Fashion for a Passion : a show entering it’s 5th year as a supportive venue for young Asian-American artists, musicians and fashion designers.  Hosted by Against the Grain Productions, the show features a diverse group …

DFW Style Daily: Against The Grain’s ‘Fashion For A Passion’ Marks Fifth Successful Year

http://dfwstyledaily.com/2013/10/16/against-the-grains-fashion-for-a-passion-marks-fifth-successful-year/   by heather lettieri on oct 16, 2013 in heather’s diary Against The Grain Productions’ annual Fashion For A Passion show is truly one of my favorite Dallas events. And it’s not just because of the clothes. Last Saturday, October 12th, marked the fifth year for this popular charity show, held once …

Exhibiting Artists Reveal New Depths to Fifth Annual Fashion for a Passion

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions puts on more than just a fashion show every year; the innovative organization’s overall purpose and goal is to support and promote Asian American artists, and this event has become a platform to share fashion, music and the latest emerging …

Bringing Musical Variety to Fashion for a Passion No. 5

DALLAS, TX – As Madonna said, “Music makes the people come together.” Non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions presents more than just art and fashion at this year’s 5th annual Fashion for a Passion. There will be four exciting new musical talents set to take the stage and perform a variety …

Emerging Asian American Fashion Designers to Present Latest Collections at Upcoming 5th Annual Fashion for a Passion Charity Event

DALLAS, TX – From swimwear to handbags and high-end women’s apparel, eight Asian American designers will present an array of unique collections at the 5th Annual Against The Grain Productions Fashion for Passion charity event. The calendar will say it’s fall, but the designers have each used inspiration and imagination …

Going Against The Grain: Christine Ha

Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant and Season 3 Winner of the competitive amateur cooking show, MasterChef USA, on FOX with Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot and Joe Bastianich. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize and a cookbook deal. “The …

Visit to Uu Dam

Hi all, Our volunteers visited Uu Dam orphanage in Hue this weekend and distributed foods, milk, treats and necessary supplies for them.  Our volunteers went to the Supermarket with the director and a few of the older children of the orphanage and let them pick whatever they needed for Uu …

Orphanage Update YTD Summary (August 2013)

ATG is very fortunate to have dedicated volunteers on the ground to help us in the purchase and distribution of meals, supplies and scholarships to our supported orphanages in Vietnam. Here is a short summary of our activities this year.    [Left to Right: Distribution of awards to orphans with …

Congratulations to the 2013 Artistic Scholarship Winners

You impressed us. You inspired us. You are the reason why ATG exists. Congratulations to our five 2013 Artistic Scholarship Winners. We are thrilled to present… CATHERINE “KIT” ZAUHAR Age: 18 yrs old; GPA: 4.04; Ethnicity: Chinese-Caucasian; Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Intended college/university and major: New York University in New York …

Letter from Uu Dam Orphanage

Dear Aileen– Has ATG family been doing well? Over here, the children have started school again. Looking at them happy and excited to go back to school makes me remember the time I was going to school very happy. Dearest Aileen, this is the newest member of Uu dam family. …

Chasing Dragonflies, Vietnamese Heritage Camp in Estes Park, CO

I can’t believe it almost a month since Heritage Camp ended. It was another memorable weekend filled with storytelling, music, family, friendship and sunny weather. Many thanks to all the Coordinators and Staff. Without you there would be no camp. I always look forward to returning to the mountains to …

Congratulations to 2013 ATG Artistic Scholarship Finalists

After several months of reviewing some truly talented individuals, our Scholarship Review Committee is proud to announce the following ten students as our 2013 ATG Artistic Scholarship Finalists, who impressed us with their academic excellence, leadership, dedication to community service and artistic talent. Due to the number of outstanding candidates, …

Going Against The Grain: Lani Love

Triple threat is just one way to describe this month’s Going Against the Grain spotlight. An ad woman by day, a DJ by night and a fashion blogger for Sugar Rock Catwalk, somewhere in between, Lani Nguyen proves you don’t have to pursue just one dream. After a gig as an internet …

Congratulations to 2013 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest Winners

ATG is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest. Many thanks to all of our campers who submitted this year. Check out how our winners go ‘Against The Grain‘ and what going ‘Against The Grain’ means to them. Congratulations to our winners! Zoe Desserich How …

5th Annual Fashion for a Passion Line-up Announced

DALLAS, TX – Against The Grain Productions recently selected eight emerging designers to join their elite roster of Presenting Designers at their upcoming and wildly popular charity event, Fashion for a Passion.  Now in its fifth year, the evening that brings together a bevy of Asian American artists has become …

Orphanage Update: Letter from Uu Dam regarding our gift on International Children Day

Dear ATG family, Two days ago, PT and the children of Uu Dam went shopping for food and supplies with your volunteer using the $10 million VND that ATG sent to support Uu Dam.  All members of Uu Dam truly appreciate ATG very much. Three children of Uu Dam have …

Going Against The Grain: Tanya Pinto

  A global citizen, Tanya was born in India, raised in Dubai and Australia and then moved to Dallas, Texas, after graduating with First Class Honors from Curtin University in 1998. From 1999 until 2012, Tanya worked in Brand Management at The Richards Group. Her fast-track career encompassed a diverse …

Passing the Torch: President Ford Centennial Birthday and Operation Babylift Reunion Celebration

Passing the Torch: President Ford Centennial Birthday and  Operation Babylift Reunion Celebration By Jared Rehberg, Director of Community Outreach (National) It’s been 38 years since I was adopted from Vietnam during Operation Babylift and began my journey in the United States. During the years I often stopped to think about …

“We All Have a Story…” Recapping the 2nd Annual Groundbreakers Speak

DALLAS, TX – In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, seven trailblazing Asian Americans told their personal stories about their paths to success at Against The Grain Productions’ 2nd Annual Groundbreakers Speak event on Saturday May 11, 2013. Surrounded by the beautiful pieces at The Crow Collection of Asian Art in …

Dallas Morning News: Asian pioneers’ stories worth sharing

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/deborah-fleck/20130515-asian-pioneers-stories-worth-sharing.ece?ssimg=1017081#ssStory1017082   Deborah Fleck dfleck@dallasnews.com Published: 15 May 2013 11:12 PM Updated: 16 May 2013 11:25 AM   Dat Nguyen was often told he was too small to play football. Yet he was the first Vietnamese-American in the NFL. He was drafted by the Cowboys and said he couldn’t believe he was …

Asia World Media: Asian Celebrity Groundbreakers Speak 2013, Featuring Dat Nguyen, Kent Takano, Lily Jang And More

http://www.asiaworldmedia.com/main/archives/5211 Asian Celebrity Groundbreakers Speak 2013, Featuring Dat Nguyen, Kent Takano, Lily Jang And More By Asia World Media In honor of Asian American Heritage Month, Tammy Nguyen Lee of Against The Grain Productions (ATG) and Amy Lewis Hofland of the Crow Collection of Asian Art Museum partnered up to …

Going Against The Grain: Sylvia Komatsu

  Sylvia Komatsu is executive vice president and chief content officer for KERA/KXT.  She started her career as a reporter and documentary producer covering a wide range of social, political and cultural issues.  She now oversees a content division that includes radio, television, digital media and educational services.  Sylvia conceived …

Groundbreaking Asian American Leaders to Speak at Crow Collection of Asian Art

DALLAS, TX – After the success of last year’s event, non-profit Against The Grain Productions has partnered with the Crow Collection of Art once again to host the 2nd Annual Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Movers and Shakers, a diverse panel of remarkable Asian American industry leaders brought together to share …

Going Against The Grain: Joey Guila

“If laughter is medicine, comedian Joey Guila has your prescription. A complete entertainer on stage he takes you through a journey of Old School and New School with his act outs and accents.”   His multicultural style of comedy hits home for all audiences, whether you watched his show in …

2013 Operation Babylift Reflections by Jared Rehberg

Every year during this week, I take a moment to reflect on my past. Life gets hectic with work, hobbies, friends and family. Thirty-eight years ago this week, I left the An Lac orphanage and South Vietnam on an airplane to begin my new life in America. This historic week …

“Operation Babylift” screened at Pepperdine University

By: Jacklyne Rodriguez, Pepperdine University Graduate Student On Saturday, February 9th, Pepperdine University screened  Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. The screening was part of the School of Law’s annual conference on Law, Religion, and Ethics, which focused on intercountry adoption this year. The audience, about forty, consisted of …

2013 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest!

Win $100 for Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp! Enter today! Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce the 2013 ATG Vietnamese Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest! ATG is giving away camp scholarships to 10 lucky campers to help pay for the camp of their choice. Here’s how it works: Step 1: Register …

Orphanage Update: A Letter to wish everyone a “Happy New Year” and “Thank You”

Below is a letter from one of the students who received a scholarship from ATG.  Each student was given  approximately $48 USD.  Because of this girl ‘s hardship, an ATG friend also gave her extra $1M VND from her own money. ============ Dear Co, I am LTNG, a student from Hoa …

Going Against The Grain: Lily Jang

Lily Jang grew up in northwest Houston and feels so blessed to finally be back at work in her hometown. She attended Lowery Elementary, LaBay Jr. High and Langham Creek High School. Lily’s first two jobs were teaching aerobics at Gold’s Gym in Bear Creek and working as a cashier at …

2012 FFAP: Words of Praise

“This was my first time being involved with FFAP, and I was so impressed! It was great to meet so many creative people, and the fashion was amazing. I’m glad I could be a part of it!” – Melissa Woodbridge (Exhibiting Artist) “I thought the event was self-evident of all …

2012: A Year in Review

2012 has been a year to celebrate. With the start of the Year of the Dragon, we welcomed a new Board and Creative Team. We hosted several events to educate and inspire, including the return of Cocktails for a Cause, a new panel event called Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with …

Going Against The Grain: Ha Mai (aka Fur Face Boy)

Ha Mai is the mind, soul and heart behind Fur Face Boy, an independent apparel line based out of Dallas, TX. He studied and received a BFA in Graphic Art / Design from the University of Texas at Arlington. After years of working for design studios, agencies and in-house design groups, he decided …

Hurricane Sandy Relief

ATG sends our thoughts and prayers to all our friends in the Northeast who are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Director of Community Outreach Jared Rehberg shares his perspective while experiencing the highs and lows of Hurricane Sandy. “Greetings from the Northeast! It’s been a crazy few weeks …

Going Against the Grain: Thanh Le Hoang

  Thanh has wanted to be many things: an artist, a designer, an entrepreneur, a humanitarian.  Starting her jewelry company sprang naturally by coming from two generations in the jewelry business.  It is where she developed a true and impressive eye for color and design.  As the founder and creator …

Going Against The Grain: Dane Hoang

  Eric Clapton once sang, “That I can change the world, I would be the sunlight in your universe.”  Born in Quy Nhon, Vietnam, Dr. Dane Hoang and her family immigrated to the United States in 1979 and settled in Dallas, Texas.  Almost 30 years later, she returned to Vietnam for the …

Join our 2013 Board

 Professional. Committed. Passionate. Great Time Management. Excellent follow through. Mature. Resourceful. Creative. ATG Attitude. The ingredients of an ATG Leader. Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? Want to make amazing friends and have life changing experiences? ATG is currently recruiting skilled, enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced leaders …

Orphanage Update: ATG Helps Children & Students from Disadvantaged Families Celebrate Autumn

by Aileen Nguyen When I was a young child, I always looked forward to Autumn.  It was not because I enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the Fall, but because of the Mid-Autumn Festival (Tết Trung Thu) or sometimes also called Children Festival.  During this time, my parents always invited the …

2012 Fashion for a Passion Sets New Organization Records

DALLAS, TX – Non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions hosted its 4th Fashion for a Passion (FFAP) charity event on Saturday, Oct. 13th at The Dallas Contemporary Museum in the Dallas Design District. The show set a remarkable new organization record, with nearly 400 guests in attendance who helped to …

The Dallas Morning News: Musical Groups

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/columnists/deborah-fleck/20121017-south-vietnamese-fighter-pilots-gather-for-reunion.ece Written by: Deborah Fleck Musical groups Last month, Kollaboration Dallas showcased the area’s top Asian-American talent. Three groups that performed at the event shared their music at Saturday’s Fashion for a Passion event, a benefit for Against the Grain Productions. First up were Peter P. and Robbie G., also …

Asia World Media: Fashion Worthy of Its Cause

http://www.asiaworldmedia.com/main/archives/4238 Courtesy of AsiaWorldMedia.com, Photos by Calvin Tran As the sun set over DFW high risers on a Saturday night, cars pulled-up to the Dallas Contemporary Museum for the 4th Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event, a fundraiser that brings together the talents of emerging Asian American fashion designers. …

DFW Style Daily: Designers Unite at Against The Grain’s 2012 ‘Fashion for a Passion’

http://dfwstyledaily.com/2012/10/16/designers-unite-at-against-the-grains-2012-fashion-for-a-passion/ Written by: Heather Lettieri On Saturday, October 13th, Against The Grain Productions (ATG) held its annual Fashion For A Passion fundraiser. For this completely sold-out event, a very stylish crowd packed the Dallas Contemporary in support of the organization’s fourth showcase. A leader in representing, promoting, and providing educational opportunities for the Asian American community, ATG is …

D Magazine Style Sheet: An Enchanted Affair

http://stylesheet.dmagazine.com/2012/10/22/an-enchanted-affair-2/ Thank you so much again to Against The Grain for the 4th annual Fashion for a Passion showcasing Asian American designers. It was an evening filled with vibrant colors, great ambition, and incredibly inspiring stories.

La Mode Dallas – Fashion for a Passion: Well-Seasoned

http://lamodedallas.com/fashion/fashion-for-a-passion-well-seasoned/ Written by: Jackelyn Vorce October 13th marked the fourth annual Against the Grain’s Fashion for a Passion event. It was created with the purpose of bringing together emerging Asian American artists, fashion designers and musicians to raise awareness for Asian American culture and arts. The celebration was held at …

Musicians Ready to Rock the Runway of 2012 Fashion for a Passion

DALLAS, TX – Dallas non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions’ much-awaited Fashion for a Passion charity event not only combines emerging fashion and art, but also brings together live musical entertainers to set the stage up for an unforgettable entertainment experience. The 4th annual event, which will be hosted at …

Orphanage Update: Harvest Moon Festival

ATG recently received an update email from one of our supported orphanages in Vietnam (names have been abbreviated to protect their privacy). We wanted to share this with you and show you just how your dollars are going to help support and make the lives of these orphanage children better! …

2012 Fashion for a Passion Exhibits Work of Emerging Asian American Artists

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Production’s upcoming annual charity event Fashion for a Passion has become known not only for the exciting runway show, but also as an event where guests can enjoy and even bid to own emerging Asian American art.  This year’s Exhibiting Artists …

2012 Fashion for Passion Designers Prepare to Take Stage

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions is in preparation to host its much awaited 4th annual Fashion for a Passion charity event, a fundraiser that brings together the talents of emerging Asian American fashion designers, artists and musicians. The event takes place at the Dallas Contemporary …

Someone Like Me | Vietnamese Heritage Camp 2012 | Colorado

Dallas, TX – After a year of planning and the final three months of execution, ATG’s own Director of Community Outreach, Jared Rehberg, marked his first successful year as Co-Director of Vietnamese Heritage Camp, hosted in Estes Park, Colorado. ATG Secretary Hue Dao Miner joined him as a High School …

Asian American Groundbreakers Inspire Leadership in ATG Panel Discussion

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions hosted their inaugural Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers & Shakers on Saturday, July 28th. Event guests received a docent guided tour of elegant The Crow Collection of Asian Art before packing the main gallery to enjoy champagne, …

ATG Gives to Baan Fuengfah Orphanage in Bangkok, Thailand

ATG is proud to announce the extension of their efforts to support orphanages in Asia to Bangkok, Thailand. Last month, our ground representative, Ewe Wee, gathered a group of friends and visited Baan Fuengfah Orphanage to deliver lunch and lots of love. We served lunch, dessert and milk to 272 …

Congratulations to 2012 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest Winners

ATG is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 ATG Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest. Many thanks to all of our campers who submitted this year. Check out how our winners go against the grain and what going against the grain means to them. Congratulations to our winners!   Olivia …

ATG Announces 2012 Artistic and Sunna Lee Scholarship Winners

Dallas, TX – After a nationwide call for applicants, Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions is proud to announce its 2012 Scholarship Winners.  After receiving nearly 150 applications, the scholarship committee culled down the pool to a short list of top finalists, who were then interviewed to select the …

Going Against The Grain: Rebekah Kim (ATG Sunna Lee Leadership Scholarship Winner)

  This month’s GATG Spotlight is truly an inspiration. It is no wonder that Rebekah “Becky” Kim won the 2012 Sunna Lee Leadership Scholarship. The entire ATG team and scholarship committee is so impressed by this young talent and can’t wait to see all that she will accomplish. She is a …

Orphanage Update: The Summer 2012 Tour to the Orphanages

THE SUMMER 2012 TOUR TO THE ORPHANAGES By Aileen Nguyen Another year has passed.  I packed my bags and came back to Vietnam on another mission to visit the orphanages.  Because of my new job, I scheduled this trip later in the year as compared to the last one.  The …

Dallas Morning News: Nonprofit helps orphanages, awards scholarships

by Deborah Fleck dfleck@dallasnews.com Published: 27 June 2012 10:57 PM Against the Grain does more than produce films about the Asian-American community. Founded by Tammy Nguyen Lee of Dallas in 2006, the organization is also a nonprofit that uses media projects to raise funds for international orphanages. And last year, ATG …

ATG Brings Together Asian American Leaders for Inaugural Groundbreakers Speak Panel Discussion

  DALLAS, TX – For the first time, Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions brings together influential and successful Asian American leaders to host an engaging and educational event called Groundbreakers Speak: A Conversation with Asian American Movers & Shakers. The panel is comprised of dynamic and influential industry leaders …

2012 Fashion for Passion Designer Line-up Announced

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions will host their 4th annual Fashion for a Passion charity event, a fundraiser that brings together the talents of emerging Asian American fashion designers, artists and musicicans. The event will take place at the Dallas Contemporary Museum in the Dallas …

Going Against The Grain: Thoa Nguyen (2012 ATG Artistic Scholarship Winner)

  18 year-old Thoa Nguyen was born in Hue, Vietnam.  In 1996, her family (including herself, her parents and older sister) immigrated to America when she was three years-old. After living in Arkansas with her grandparents for six months, the family moved to Arlington, Texas. The family experienced culture shock, …

Going Against The Grain: Britt Espinosa (2012 ATG Artistic Scholarship Winner)

Britt Espinosa graduates this June after being homeschooled with a variety of academic courses through public school, online, community private courses and self-directed learning.  His community service and leadership experience includes a month long service trip to South Africa with Global Expeditions, Food packaging and shipping (Children of the Nations), Sharenet …

Congratulations to 2012 ATG Sunna Lee Leadership Scholarship Finalists

ATG was honored to offer a new Leadership scholarship this year, thanks to benefactor Sunna Lee. The winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship — $1,000 of which will be donated to a 501(c)(3) non-profit of his/her choosing to give back. We received applications from worthy candidates around the country, all …

Buy the ATG Savings Card for only $20!

Worth hundreds of $$ of SAVINGS at Local Businesses! Good for 18 months! (Expires 12/31/2013)  (UPDATE: Pho Colonial offer valid only at the Downtown location – 164 N. Ervay St. across from Comerica Bank)   * Proceeds go to benefit ATG’s supported orphanages, outreach programs and Artistic Scholarship Fund *

2012 Cocktails for a Cause Sets Stage for Entertainers and Community to Unite

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions hosted the return of their charity event Cocktails for a Cause (CFAC) on Wednesday, May 30th at LaGrange in Deep Ellum. Guests enjoyed Asian tapas, drinks, live entertainment, got a chance to win raffle prizes and learn more about ATG’s …

Congratulations to 2012 ATG Artistic Scholarship Finalists

This year, we had an overwhelming response for our scholarships, with nearly 150 applications from across the country!  The ATG Scholarship Committee was incredibly impressed by the breadth of community service, leadership and talent in our young Asian American student community. It was an incredibly difficult decision process, but with …

ATG President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee Speaks at 2012 SMU Meadows Commencement

ATG President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee was honored to be invited to speak at the recent SMU Meadows School of the Arts Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12th and welcome new graduates on behalf of the Meadows Alumni. Congratulations to all SMU Meadows Graduates and Arts Graduates nationwide! Read or watch …

Going Against the Grain: Patrick Wang

  We’re thrilled to spotlight filmmaker Patrick Wang as May’s GATG. Patrick recently released his first feature, the critically-acclaimed movie In the Family, which is currently making its way across theaters nationwide.  In the Family is a heartfelt story woven around child custody, “two-Dad” families, parental loss, interracial relationships, the American South, and …

ENTERTAINERS UNITE AT 2012 COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE: Asian Musical and Comedy Talent Come Together for Charity

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions will host their 2012 Cocktails for a Cause, a charity event with the purpose to raise funds for international orphanages, ATG’s community outreach programs and the ATG Artistic Scholarship fund. The event takes place from 6:30 pm – 9 p.m. …

Going Against the Grain: Lee Ann Kim

Honored by San Diego Magazine as one of the Top 50 People to Watch in 2009, Lee Ann Kim is the founding executive director of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, a nonprofit media arts organization best known for its annual film festival.  Lee Ann also worked for nearly 12 years as …

Spotlight on ATG President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee in Inaugural SMU MPrint Magazine

Spotlight on Tammy Nguyen Lee (B.A. Film & Media Arts, ’00) Wanting to positively impact the world, Nguyen Lee directs a nonprofit that promotes education, cultural awareness and Asian American artists.  by Mary Guthrie Tammy Nguyen Lee’s life reads like a movie script: When she was just three months old, …

Orphanage Update: 2012

ATG recently received this email from one of our supported orphanages in Hue, Vietnam: Dear ATG Family, Sister and the children really appreciate you. We just received another orphan who was left at the hospital when she was 1 day old.  We hired a wet nurse to take care of …

Going Against the Grain: Dat Phan

  Dat Phan is the Original Winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is a Headlining Comedian touring live across the U.S. He has made numerous TV and movie appearances, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Family Guy” voiceover, and “Cellular.” Most recently Dat has appeared on “The …

Vietnamese Adoptee Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest!

Win $100 for camp! Enter today! Against the Grain Productions is proud to announce the 2012 Vietnamese Adoptee Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest! ATG is giving away camp scholarships to 15 lucky campers to help pay for the camp of their choice. Here’s how it works: Step 1: Register for Camp: …

Against The Grain Productions Announces Additional Leadership Scholarship

Non-profit to Award Three Scholarships to Exemplary Asian American Students DALLAS, TX – Dallas nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions proudly announced the addition of the Sunna Lee Leadership Scholarship to its already existing Artistic Scholarship, to be awarded to Asian American students who are breaking the mold through their …

A Time to Lead: A Message from ATG President Tammy Nguyen Lee

I was honored to be asked to be the keynote speaker at the SMU Crain All-University Leadership Conference, which took place on Saturday, February 4th just a few hours north of Dallas at the Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, Texas. This was a wonderful opportunity to get a chance to speak …

Going Against The Grain: Grace Borrero

Grace Borrero is currently the Manger of Development & New Series for cable’s fastest-growing network, Style.  Her team is in charge of creating fresh content for the channel and overseeing new series from pitch to delivery.  Grace constantly meets with producers to discuss the network’s needs and collaborates with them …

Year-End Greetings & Thank You

2011 is coming to a close, and as we look back at the many blessings this year has brought, we are grateful for all the support we have received. With your generous contributions, we achieved many ambitious goals. Throughout the year, we partnered with California Pizza Kitchen, Pinkberry and Panda …

National Adoption Month by Jared Rehberg

On this month, I think about Adoptive and Foster families who offer children a safe, loving and supportive home. For all couples who are fulfilling their dreams of starting a family. I honor the personal journey of so many children and adults who share a similar story as me. This …

Join our 2012 Board of Directors

Are you looking to make a difference? Want to get more involved with the community? ATG is currently recruiting qualified, enthusiastic, dedicated and experienced leaders to join our 2012 Board of Directors and Committee Chairs! Here are the current open positions: Vice President 1. Is a member of the Board

 2. …

Pink Memo: Fashion for a Passion is a Stunning Success

http://www.pinkmemo.com/dallas/blog/fashion-for-a-passion-is-a-stunning-success/ SCENE | POSTED BY caroline foster | 10.17.2011 | 03:18 PM The Third Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event combined art, fashion and music to raise money for Against the Grain Productions, a non-profit focused on promoting Asian-American cultural awareness and supporting orphanages. This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 300 attendees participating …

FFAP Art for Auction

For those of you who did not get a chance to bid, it’s not too late to bid on these works of art for charity! Contact fundraising@againstthegrainproductions.com if you are interested in making a bid! Proceeds go to benefit ATG’s supported orphanages, outreach programs and the Artistic Scholarship Fund!   …

2011 Fashion for a Passion Charity Event Breaks Organization Records

Over $20,000 Raised for Orphanage, Outreach Programs and Scholarships DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions hosted its the 3rd Annual Fashion for a Passion (FFAP) charity event this past Saturday night at Studios 1019 in the Dallas Design District. The show broke organization records with guest …

2011 FFAP: Words of Praise

We all came together to raise money and support a greater cause than ourselves. That will definitely leave a lasting impression in people’s minds. I already knew this was a great cause to be involved in but it turned out better than I could have ever expected. I was really impressed with …

Orphanage Update: Fall 2011

ATG recently sent over funds to assist our supported orphanages with Back to School tuition as well as to celebrate Harvest Moon Festival. Below are heartfelt letters of appreciation we received from the orphanages with an update on the children. Thank you so much for supporting ATG and allowing us …

Learning How to Represent

ATG Board Member Hue Dao Miner recently competed in the 2011 Miss Asian American Texas Pageant. She was given the Asian Activist award, and we couldn’t be more proud of her for venturing to try something new! We asked us to tell her how this experience has changed her. Read …

Congratulations to our Vietnamese Adoptee Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest Winners!

Against the Grain Productions is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 Vietnamese Adoptee Heritage/Culture Camp Scholarship Contest! Earlier this year, ATG offered a contest to Vietnamese adoptees planning to attend a summer culture camp.  The rules were simple. Just tell us what ‘against the grain’ means to you, …

Photos & Philanthropy: Scott & Tem Photography

Summer is the time when families get to spend valuable time together. Through the month of July, Scott and Tem Photography (who are Cocktails for a Cause alum) will generously donate 7% of the session fee to Against the Grain for every family portrait session booked where the family mentions us …

Against The Grain Productions Announces First Scholarship Winners

Non-profit Awards Artistic Scholarship to Two Outstanding Texas Asian American Students DALLAS, TX – Dallas nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions announced the winners of their first ever Artistic Scholarship as Texas students Monika Hoang and Dorcas Leung. This year’s Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship is sponsored by Hotels.com and …

Going Against The Grain: Dorcas Leung

Dorcas Leung recently graduated high school at the top of her class, during which she starred and participated in nine different theatre productions.  She is actively involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities, including planning and hosting school functions through student council, performing as part of an improvisational comedy troop, …

Going Against the Grain: Monika Hoang

Monika Hoang is a junior at Southern Methodist University, majoring in Creative Advertising and minoring in Psychology and Latin. She was recently awarded Best Art Director for her portfolio class and was chosen to participate in the One Show Student Exhibition in New York City. She considers herself to be …

Mineral Wells Index: Update of Vietnam Memorial Wall replica is Saturday

June 3, 2011 Mineral Wells Index By Chris Agee |cagee@mineralwellsindex.com The only permanent Vietnam Memorial Wall outside of Washington, D.C., located at the National Vietnam War Museum on U.S. Highway 180 just east of Mineral Wells, will be updated for the second time Saturday with the names of three Marines …

Take a SPAA Day and Support Promising Asian Artists

In honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month,  visit The Spa at Willow Bend on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the entire month, and they will donate 5% of their proceeds back to ATG. What a great way to relax AND give back! Mention ATG when booking to receive additional services. For hours of …

“What Does an Orphan Look Like, Mommy?”

One Mother’s Journey Home by Aileen Nguyen During our first trip to Vietnam over a decade ago, I took my daughters to visit an orphanage in the suburbs of Hue. There, we saw many young children who were as young as a few months old. The babies, though dressed in …

Thank You, Waterloo!

Jared Rehberg travels to Waterloo, Ontario to take part in the film screening of Operation Babylift

The Record: Documentary on Vietnamese orphans has local touch

By Frances Barrick, Record staff Wed Jan 12 2011 He’s a University of Waterloo professor who is featured prominently in a documentary about the 1975 evacuation of thousands of orphans from war torn Vietnam. Now Robert Ballard has arranged for the film, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam, to be …

Going Against The Grain: Ysa Le

ATG loves passionate people like Ysa Le, whose commitment  has supported so many artists in our community. Everyone who meets Ysa will know she has a bubbly, upbeat personality, always willing to land a hand and give words of encouragement. Ysa began her involvement with arts activism in 2000 when …

Notes From the Road by Jared Rehberg

by Jared Rehberg, ATG Board member As I write this I can’t believe it’s almost 2011. Here’s a quick look back at a few events from 2010 where I proudly represented ATG. It was an honor to appear as guest speaker at Asia Society’s weekly webcast. Author Dana Sachs shared her stories and …

2010 Thanks from President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee

Dear Friends, What a wonderful year it’s been for ATG. As 2010 comes to a close, we want to thank you for all your support and wish you the happiest of holidays and a blessed new year! With your generous donations and support, we have continued to make strides in …

Join the 2011 ATG Board

Want to get more involved in the arts and give back to you community? Want to grow your leadership experience and potential? Want to work with some pretty awesome people and help make a difference? ATG is seeking strong, energetic  and passionate leaders to join our 2011 ATG Board!   Open positions: …

Going Against The Grain: Bert Ballard

November is National Adoption Month. ATG is proud to highlight Bert Ballard, a Vietnamese adoptee and adoptive parent. He was a film advisor and his family’s compelling story was featured in Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. He is an assistant professor in speech communication at the University of Waterloo (Ontario) where he researches, …

SMU Presents Tammy Nguyen Lee with Emerging Leader Award

Tammy Nguyen Lee, a graduate of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, will receive the 2010 Southern Methodist University Emerging Leader Award on Thursday, October 21. SMU President R. Gerald Turner will present the award at the Distinguished Alumni Awards black-tie celebration at the Fairmont Hotel in Downtown Dallas. Dr. …

Going Against The Grain: Twisted Optiks

ATG is excited to bring to your consciousness Twisted Optiks (aka Ronnie Chea), a talented hip hop musical artist who performed at our recent Fashion for a Passion event. “I’m just a humbled emcee blessed with a God-given talent to rock the mic. It’s been a long journey to get …

Pink Memo: Fashion for a Passion

Dallas based non-profit ATG Against The Grain Productions turned the Design District’s LandCo/7 Senses venue into a fashion extravaganza for its 2nd-annual Fashion For a Passion event – and the stylish certainly came out to play. Approximately 300 volunteers, philanthropists, and fashion fans joined to support the cause. The centerpiece of the event, …

Packed House at 2010 Fashion for a Passion Charity Event

Proceeds from charity fashion show to benefit international orphanages Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions held the 2nd Annual Fashion for a Passion (FFAP) this past Saturday night at LandCo/7 Senses in the Dallas Design District. It was a packed house with nearly 300 volunteers and philanthropists who joined …

Rave Reviews for 2010 Fashion for a Passion

Thank you to everyone who contributed your talents to the 2010 Fashion for a Passion charity event. With your help, we were able to have one heckuva show and raise $10,000 (a 200% increase from last year) for our supported orphanages, new ATG Artistic Scholarship fund and year-round community outreach …

Diverse Talents Unite for 2010 Fashion for a Passion

Proceeds from charity fashion show to benefit international orphanages Dallas-based nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions will host the 2nd Annual Fashion For a Passion (FFAP) with the purpose to join the talents and abilities of artists and philanthropists to raise funds for international orphanages and ATG’s community outreach programs …

Going Against the Grain: Chloe Dao

ATG is proud to highlight Chloe Dao, a talented designer and winner of  Project Runway Season 2,  who  won the hearts of America with her mild honest demeanor and judges’ votes with her consistent display of technical skills, business savvy and creative talent.   Not only is she a successful entrepreneur, she has …

Austin Film Society announces OPERATION BABYLIFT as recipient of 2010 Travel Fund Grant

Austin Film Society Grants $111,000 To Texas Filmmakers http://www.persistenceofvision.org/2010/08/austin-film-society-grants-111000-to-texas-filmmakers/ Agnes Varnum | Aug 30, 2010 The Austin Film Society is very proud to announce the recipients of its 2010 Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund (TFPF) and Travel Grant programs, which this year gave away a total of $111,000 in cash and …

ATG President/Founder to receive 2010 SMU Emerging Leader Award

Congratulations to ATG President/Founder Tammy Nguyen Lee, who will receive the prestigious SMU Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader Award at this year’s SMU Homecoming Festivities. The award recognizes an alumnus or alumna who has graduated within the last fifteen years and has distinguished himself or herself as an emerging leader in a …

Culture Meets Fashion at 2010 Fashion for a Passion

Fashion designers come together for charity fashion show to benefit international orphanages Dallas-based non-profit organization ATG Against The Grain Productions will host the 2nd Annual 2010 Fashion for a Passion charity event, uniting the diverse talents of designers of different Asian ethnicities to showcase their collections. The event’s mission is …

PinkMemo: 2010 Fashion for a Passion

2010 FASHION FOR A PASSION POSTED BY Nadia Dabbakeh | 08.17.2010 | 04:01 PM Click here for original blog. The 2nd Annual Fashion for a Passion charity event isn’t till September 25th, but we’re already excited – and the tickets are up for sale now! Benefitting ATG Against The Grain Productions’ supported orphanages and educational outreach …

Vietnam Culture Camp — Unforgettable

ATG’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Aivy Nguyen, returned for another summer volunteering as camp counselor for Catalyst Foundation‘s Vietnamese Culture Camp. Here is her recap of her weekends. “Two weekends. Two cities. One sad ATG’er who’s sad another year of camp is over. Yet another wonderful year of …

Going Against the Grain: Cykochik's Nikki Duong Koenig

We love handbag designer Nikki Duong Koenig for her creativity in not only her work, but the process and thought behind how she does it. We are thrilled to get to premiere her latest collection at this year’s upcoming Fashion for a Passion! Cykochik Custom-Handbags was first conceived in Nikki’s …

Booklist Reviews OPERATION BABYLIFT

Thank you to Booklist for the wonderful review on our award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. The review will be sent out nationally in their online  September 2010 e-newsletter.   Commemorating Operation Babylift, a U.S. relief effort that rescued more than 2,500 orphans out of Vietnam in 1975, this update is …

2010 Fashion For a Passion Adds Extra Edge to Lineup

Proceeds from charity fashion show to benefit international orphanages DALLAS, TX – The 2nd Annual Fashion For a Passion (FFAP) hosted by Dallas nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions will feature a diverse lineup of local and national Asian American fashion designers united to raise money for charity.  This year’s …

Newsday: Nassau Woman Keeps Memory of "Operation Babylift" Alive

Updated: Jul 17, 2010 05:38 PM By BART JONES Original Article It was the final days of the Vietnam War in April 1975 as Saigon was falling, and the United States launched one last massive effort: To airlift as many orphans as possible out of the country. In the three …

A Camping We Will Go…

Catalyst Culture Camp Last year’s experience as a camp counselor for Catalyst Culture Camp was such a wonderful one, so I’m returning as a veteran counselor for not just one camp, but both! This weekend, I will be working my first year with the St. Olaf camp in Minnesota. The kids …

Going Against The Grain: Jen Kwok

Jen Kwok is a Renaissance Man who happens to be an Asian girl.  Jen’s sparkling talents take form in writing, singing, comedy and ukulele/piano/glockenspiel playing, and she has performed at venues as varied as Highline Ballroom, Gotham Comedy Club and bawdy basement burlesque shows! A mainstay of the Asian-American performance …

diaCRITIC: Interview with Tammy Nguyen Lee, director of Operation Babylift

Posted on July 5, 2010 by diaCRITIC Among the many controversial legacies of the Vietnam War, Operation Babylift dramatically brought the results of U.S. Cold War policy to the front doorsteps of U.S. domestic race politics. Critics have argued that childcare workers and government staff deceptively persuaded Vietnamese parents into …

Asian American Writer’s Workshop

New York, NY — 7:00 pm Mon 06/28/10 Jared Rehberg will speak at an Asian American Writers’ Workshop event on Transnational Adoption at NODUTDOL.

Asian American Designers Showcase Collections at Fashion for a Passion

Proceeds from charity fashion show to benefit international orphanages DALLAS, TX – Dallas nonprofit ATG Against The Grain Productions presents the 2nd Annual Fashion For A Passion from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 25 at LandCo/7 Senses located at 1202 N. Riverfront (formerly Industrial) in Dallas, Texas. …

Going Against The Grain: Kent Takano

ATG caught up with a real go-getter, Kent Takano, who has made an impressive career as an executive in the cable television industry. Currently, Kent  is the Executive Producer/VP of Branded Entertainment for the DIY Network. From 2006-2009, he was the VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for the Fine …

Going Against The Grain: NEAATO

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we wanted to highlight an organization that pays tribute to and keeps us aware of what’s going on in our Asian American community. Thank you for keeping us engaged and in the know of all the fabulosity! Cheers to NEAATO! N.E.A.A.T.O Full …

Fashion for a Passion Designers: The Concept/Inspiration

Fashion For A Passion is just around the corner and the designers are getting ready. In the coming months leading up to the event, we’ve asked each designer to give us a sneak peak into their collection, and to highlight the behind-the-scenes creation of one of the signature looks that …

ATG Brings Spring Donation to Orphanages in Hue and Da Nang

In March and April, members of our ATG family took a trip to Vietnam and made donations to several orphanages in Hue and Da Nang. With the support from our friends, family  and local supporters, we were able to deliver  food, baby formula, books, toys, clothes, soap, and lotion to …

OPERATION BABYLIFT to Screen at University Of California-Irvine

Dallas, TX – To commemorate the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon and Operation Babylift, Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to screen Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the University of California – Irvine. The award-winning documentary screening takes place on Friday, May …

ATG Interview on BlogTalkRadio– "From My Mama's Kitchen"

“From My Mama’s Kitchen” celebrates Mother’s Day with an hour-long interview with Lana Noone and Tammy Nguyen Lee on BlogTalkRadio! Listen to their stories here!

OPERATION BABYLIFT in Bayshore Courier News

Our upcoming community screening in New Jersey of Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam is in the Bayshore Courier News. To see the original article, please visit their website. Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam Bayshore Courier News Posted:04/19/10 Click on picture to Zoom Holmdel – On April …

OPERATION BABYLIFT screens this Friday 4/23 at NYU

The Asian/Pacific/American Institute of New York University will host a screening and discussion of the award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm this Friday, April 23rd at the Cantor Film Center, located at 36 East 8th Street, Theater 101, New York .  The …

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM to Screen at 35th Anniversary Celebration of Operation Babylift

DALLAS, TX –The 35th anniversary celebration of Operation Babylift will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 24 at the New Jersey Vietnam Era Educational Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. Dallas-based nonprofit organization ATG Against the Grain Productions will provide a community screening of its award-winning …

Aloha! OPERATION BABYLIFT Screens at HIFF This Weekend!

Dallas non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions proudly presents Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the  2010 Hawaii International Film Festival Spring Showcase! The film makes its Big Island premiere, screening at 11:30 am on Sunday, April 18th at the Regal Dole Cannery, located at 735 Iwilei Road in …

OPERATION BABYLIFT Screens Twice in the Windy City

Non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions proudly presents Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam twice in Chicago this April. The film makes its city premiere at the 15th Annual FAAIM Chicago Asian American Showcase, screening at 3:15 pm on Sunday, April 11th at the Gene Siskel Film Center, located at …

Tammy Nguyen Lee to Join Vietnamese Filmmakers at Cinema Symposium 5

Tammy Nguyen Lee, ATG Against The Grain Productions President and filmmaker,  joins several other Vietnamese filmmakers and creatives at the Cinema Symposium 5 panel discussion held from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at UCLA. Tammy will stream in live from Dallas, TX to  share her perspective on …

Going Against The Grain: Dr. Ho Tran

Dr. Ho Tran came to this country after the Fall of Saigon with her husband and children as refugees. Despite tremendous loss, she persevered and is now nationally recognized as a leader of public health in her role as President and CEO of the National Council of Asian and Pacific …

An Lac Orphans Reunite at Fort Benning

As the anniversary of Operation Babylift approaches, reunions are taking place across the country and the world. Adoptees from An Lac joined Betty Tisdale in Fort Benning, Georgia.  Board member and adoptee Jared Rehberg blogs about his experience: It had been 15 years since the last An Lac Orphanage Reunion …

OPERATION BABYLIFT to Screen at Vail Film Festival

Dallas, TX – Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at its Colorado premiere during the 2010 Vail Film Festival (VFF) in Vail, Colorado. The compelling documentary that won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at …

OPERATION BABYLIFT Presented at Washington University School of Law

DALLAS, TX – Dallas-based nonprofit organization ATG Against the Grain Productions had its first community outreach screening of its award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the Washington University School of Law (WUSTL) in St. Louis, Missouri, which took place at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 15th …

"Lost and found: Some adoptees prepare to return to Vietnam, but others have no desire"

The St. Louis Beacon features filmmaker Tammy Nguyen Lee and others a part of Operation Babylift in an article discussing life after the war, and what the future holds. Read the original article on the Beacon website. Lost and found: Some adoptees prepare to return to Vietnam, but others have …

St. Louis Beacon covers Operation Babylift

During the time between college and grad school, Tammy Nguyen Lee began volunteering with the Vietnamese community in Dallas. At the time, she helped with the production of a play commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of Saigon. The play had something about Operation Babylift. Nguyen Lee wanted to …

2010 Fashion for a Passion Designer Line-Up!

ATG is proud to announce the 2010 Fashion for a Passion Designers! We know you’ve been waiting….Now here they are! 7 fabulous designers whose creations range from funky handbags to chic casualwear to elegant couture! We can’t wait to see their fabulous collection this fall. Check back for monthly exclusive …

Going Against the Grain: Vudoo Vu

From MIT graduate to R&B singer-songwriter, Vudoo‘s journey as musician is one that’s not typical of most. This California native chose to follow his passion, leaving behind a career in engineering for the pursuit of music. He previously performed at ATG’s inaugural Fashion for a Passion event and recently  performed …

Going Against the Grain: Thanh Tran

Going Against the Grain: Thanh Tran Thanh Tran, who has worked on the feature films 9, 500 Days Of Summer and the soon to be released All Good Things and has worked with David Foster, Andrea Bocelli, Mary J. Blige and Harry Connick Jr., takes a moment to serenade us …

Share the Love: Dinner and a Movie With Sara Pascale

Take a cue from Sara Pascale, an ATG supporter and wife to Seth Pascale (Editor of Operation Babylift), who hosted a fundraising community screening at her home and helped raise over $1200 to help the distribution efforts of our documentary! “Seth and I have been wanting to do this ever …

Operation Babylift to be presented at SMU Leadership Conference

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam to be presented at SMU Leadership Conference DALLAS, TX –Dallas-based nonprofit organization ATG Against the Grain Productions will showcase excerpts from their award-winning documentary Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam as a part of a presentation for Southern Methodist University’s annual Asian …

Going Against The Grain: Randall Park

Going Against The Grain: Randall Park ATG chats with actor and comedian Randall Park, who made his acting debut in the award winning short film Dragon of Love, the creative mind behind the popular internet series Dr. Miracles, and the “Nice But Boring Guy”  who steals scenes in Quentin Lee’s …

Holiday Greetings from ATG

Operation Babylift: Filmmaker Wins Hearts, Minds and Awards

Thank you to Cherri Gann at SMU Magazine for a wonderful article on ATG President Tammy Nguyen Lee and her current project Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam. You can read the article on the SMU Magazine website here. Operation Babylift: Filmmaker Wins Hearts, Minds and Awards As an infant in …

Going Against The Grain:Lyly Koenig

ATG goes chats with Lyly Koenig, a Vietnamese Operation Babylift adoptee, former Charger Girl and Rams Cheerleader,  breast cancer suvivor and now up and coming fashion designer about how she has kept a winning attitude to follow her dreams. Name: Lyly Thanh Koenig Hometown: Festus, Missouri Current Residence: Miami, Florida What has inspired …

The Reel Deal featuring OPERATION BABYLIFT

http://www.westendword.com/NC/0/1305.html (by Stacey Rynders – November 11, 2009) The St. Louis International Film Festival is a cultural event to be coveted in the St. Louis metro region. In its 18th year, SLIFF will feature more than 250 films and documentaries from more than 40 countries from Nov. 12 through 22. …

Vancouver Asian Film Festival Features Captivating Storytelling

Vancouver Asian Film Festival features captivating story telling | Kelowna.com. (excerpt) VANCOUVER – As the opening film this evening at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Children of Invention is an example of the changes Asian films have undergone since the festival began 13 years ago according to founder Barbara Lee. …

OPERATION BABYLIFT to Screen at the St. Louis International Film Festival

Dallas, TX – On Saturday, November 21st, Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at its Missouri premiere during the 18th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). The award-winning documentary described as “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting,” by …

ATG Gives Back – Orphanage Update

Recent typhoons have threatened Vietnam with the biggest floods in decades. We had sent funds over just in time before the storms hit. Luckily, one of our own orphanages only faced minor damages during the flood and sent us a very heart-warming email. Here is the their message, translated into …

Going Against The Grain: Thomas' Apartment

Thomas’ Apartment, the band behind the beautiful piece called “Coda” used in trailer and film of  Operation Babylift,  is celebrating a year of great shows and a recent CD release. ATG spoke with Pete Nguyen from the band to learn more.   Full Name(s) : Thomas’ Apartment is comprised of …

OPERATION BABYLIFT Makes Canadian Premiere

Award-winning Documentary Screens at the Vancouver Asian Film Festival Dallas, Tx – On Sunday, November 8th , Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is proud to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at its Canadian premiere during the 13th Annual Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF).  The …

The Audience Speaks

What an honor to receive such great reviews from our Operation Babylift screenings. Read what the audience has to say: “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting. ” — Hao-Nhien Q Vu, Publisher/Editor of Bolsavik.com, Irvine, CA “An important documentary that investigates Operation Babylift from a humanistic perspective. ” — Lan Duong, UC Irvine “A remarkable film…an …

Phỏng vấn đạo diễn Tammy Nguyen Lee về phim “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam”

Phim “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam” hiện đang được chiếu tại các đại hội điện ảnh trên toàn nước Mỹ. Sau nhiều buổi chiếu ở miền Ðông và Texas, cuốn phim trở lại miền Nam California, sẽ chiếu tại Ðại Hội Ðiện Ảnh Á Châu San Diego, suất …

OPERATION BABYLIFT wins the PAAFF Documentary Audience Choice Award!

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM Wins Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival Documentary Audience Choice Award Philadelphia, PA – The 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival has awarded the Documentary Audience Choice Award to Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam.  The film, described as “moving and inspirational” by …

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM to Screen at the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

DALLAS, TX – Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the celebratory 10th anniversary of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) at the Hazard Center UltraStar Theatres in San Diego, California.  The award-winning documentary described as …

OPERATION BABYLIFT to Screen at the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM TO SCREEN AT 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival DALLAS, TX – On Saturday, October 10th, ATG Against the Grain Productions will screen Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the 2009 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF), which runs October 9 – 11.  …

OPERATION BABYLIFT in the Epoch Times

Thank you to the Epoch Times for mentioning Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the Asian Pacific American Festival in Washington D.C. You can view the original article here. DC Film Festival Celebrates 10 Years of Giving Voice to Asian Americans By Ronny Dory Epoch Times Staff Oct …

Last Chance to Bid for a Cause

If you missed out on bidding for a piece of work at Cocktails For A Cause, here’s an opportunity for you to do so! There are a few “Hope” themed pieces that are still up for auction. You still have a chance to own a beautiful piece of work. All …

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM to Screen at the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

DALLAS, TX – On Sunday, October 4th Dallas based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions is honored to present Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam during the 10th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival (DC APA).  The award-winning documentary described as “Amazing…compelling and hard hitting,” by Bolsavik.com screens …

A Beautiful Post From Our Friend, Dr. Sam Lam

Mindfulness Mondays 18: Operation Babylift September 28, 2009 by dr. lam I had the wonderful opportunity to screen and to sponsor a remarkable film by my dear friend, Tammy Nguyen Lee, this past Friday night.  Her debut project, Operation Babylift:  The Lost Children of Vietnam, chronicles the true tale of thousands of …

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM Debuts to Packed House at Dallas FilmAsia Fest

DALLAS, TX – Locally based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions debuted Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam in front of a standing room only crowd at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Horchow Auditorium during the inaugural filmAsiafest on Friday, September 25th.  The feature documentary, described as “amazing…compelling and …

WIF.D Spotlights Tammy Nguyen Lee!

Women in Film Dallas sat down with ATG president, Tammy Nguyen Lee, about her childhood, inspirations, and current project “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam”. See the interview on the WIF.D website. IN THE SPOTLIGHT: TAMMY NGUYEN LEE The Crow Collection of Asian Art introduces filmAsiafest this weekend and one …

Operation Babylift in Pegasus News!

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam and ATG  graces the pages of yet another article in Pegasus News in Dalllas. You check out the original article here! Thank you Pegasus! Monday, September 14, 2009 Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam celebrates its Dallas premiere on Sept. 25 BY JOHN P. …

Only Two More Weeks!

One of the most anticipated events the ATG team has coming up is in exactly TWO WEEKS! The Dallas premiere of “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam” and our 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause charity reception are all happening on the same evening of Friday, September 25th! Don’t …

Going Against the Grain: Van Ditthavong

ATG speaks with Van Ditthavong, an award-winning editorial and commercial photographer, about how he got his start in photography and how it has changed his views of the world. A political refugee born in Vientiane, Laos, Van was separated from his parents for years before being reunited with them in …

Meet Me in St. Louis!

Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam has been accepted into the 18th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival that is to take place on November 12th -22nd. Operation Babylift is set to screen on Saturday, November 21st  in the early afternoon (exact time TBA) at the Landmark Tivoli Theatre. Stay …

Going Against The Grain: Jany Lee

Jany Lee, interior decorator, chats with ATG about her inspiration and experience as a contestant on HGTV Design Star. Full Name: Jany Lee Hometown: Born in Seoul, Korea. Raised in Toronto, Canada. Current Residence: Dallas, TX What inspired you to go into design? I’m naturally a creative person but for …

2009 Colorado Heritage Camp

Hi ATG Family! Even with the loss of our dear friend Heather Reu in June, this year’s camp turned out to be very special. Heather Reu lived for children. She worked at the youth camp and taught Sunday school. And when doctors told Reu and her husband they couldn’t have …

2009 Catalyst Foundation Culture Camp

Hello, ATG Community! This is Aivy Nguyen, your Marketing/PR Director for ATG, popping in to re-cap my fantastic experience working with Catalyst Foundation as a first-time camp counselor! I had an amazing time a few weeks ago in New Jersey at the Catalyst Culture Camp, where I was not only …

OPERATION BABYLIFT Dallas Premiere Tickets on Sale Now!

Tickets for the Dallas Premiere of Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the inaugural filmAsiafest can now be purchased online at the Crow Collection of Asian Art website! The film will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25th at the Dallas Museum Art. Stay after for the Q&A with …

Operation Babylift Is Going to Washington!

We are very excited to announce Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam will be screening once again on the East coast and has been selected for the 10th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival! The film will be shown at 12 pm on Sunday, October 4th at the …

Operation Babylift at Rhode Island International Film Festival

Rhode Island Premiere: Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam Hosted by the 13th The Rhode Island International Film Festival On Thursday, August 6th, Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam made its Rhode Island premiere, screening at the 13th Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF). The award-winning documentary, …

Costco Cares..about ATG!

Costco, the largest membership warehouse club chain in the world, has mentioned our very own Tammy Nguyen Lee as a Costco member who is changing the world. Check out ATG in the latest edition of Costco Connection!

Dallas Debut of OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM

THE DALLAS DEBUT OF OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM   TO BE PRESENTED AT FILMASIAFEST DALLAS, TX – Locally based non-profit ATG Against the Grain Productions will present the Dallas debut of Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at the inaugural filmAsiafest on Friday, September 25th at …

Brisbane Transcultural Adoptee Films and Panel

There will be a special screening of the ‘Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam’ trailer at the Brisbane Transcultural Adoptee Films and Panel, ‘An Exploration & Celebration of Adoptee Perspectives’. The event is aimed at showcasing adoptees’ own perspectives on inter-country adoption, a practice made famous by celebrity adopters such …

Going Against The Grain: Jared Rehberg

Jared Rehberg, musician, Babylift adoptee and newlywed, took a moment to sit down with us to discuss his past, present and upcoming album. Full name: Jared Evan Vu Tien Anh Rehberg Birthdate/Hometown: I was born somewhere around Saigon, Vietnam in 1974 and was brought to An Lac orphanage under the …

Bone Marrow Donation Deficit Among Vietnamese

41-year-old Anh Reiss has been diagnosed with a very rare type of leukemia called myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS. Seven million Americans have signed up to be potential donors but of those registered with the National Marrow Donor Program, only 15,000 are of Vietnamese heritage, which is crucial in finding a …

2009 Cocktails for a Cause

Thank you for supporting the Dallas premiere of Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam and our 2nd Annual Cocktails for a Cause reception/fundraiser, benefiting orphanages in Vietnam. We had a standing room only crowd at the Dallas Museum or Art and with your help, reached our fundraising goal! Come …

ViFF 2009 Wraps Up with Awards to Top Films

April 23, 2009 Trống Đồng Awards went to FOOTY LEGENDS (feature), directed by Khoa Đỗ and A Summer Rain (short), directed by Ela Thier. Audience Choice Awards went to OPERATION BABYLIFT: The Lost Children of Vietnam (feature), directed by Tammy Nguyễn Lee and Delivery Day (short), directed by Jane Manning. …

"OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM" WINS VIFF AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD!

OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM CELEBRATES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT AT THE 2009 VIETNAMESE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Documentary Wins the Coveted VIFF Audience Choice Award DALLAS, TX, April 15, 2009 – On Friday, April 3, 2009 ATG Against the Grain Productions premiered Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam at …

Up Close and Personal with OPERATION BABYLIFT: THE LOST CHILDREN OF VIETNAM

Kristine Sa of the “Kristine Sa Show” got up close and personal with our very own film-maker Tammy Nguyen Lee, alongside Bert & Sarah Ballard, Tiffany Goodson, and DC Wolfe of award-winning documentary film Operation Babylift : The Lost Children Of Vietnam and Against the Grain Productions. Check out this …

"Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam" World Premiere at VIFF

After four long years, we are so happy to announce that “Operation Babylift: The Lost Children of Vietnam” is finished and will world premiere at the Vietnamese International Film Festival at 7:30pm Friday, April 3rd at the beautiful Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA. There will be a Q&A and …

Interview of Operation Babylift Adoptee–Robert Ballard

One of our very own adoptees, Robert Ballard, was interviewed for Canadian press The Record.com! Read the original posting here: —– Lost children of Vietnam TheRecord.com – CanadaWorld – Lost children of Vietnam Thirty-four years ago, 3,300 orphans were evacuated from a war-torn Saigon in a massive humanitarian effort called …

Fashion For A Passion–SUCCESS!

Thank you so much to our sponsors, volunteers, models, designers, Board and guests for supporting us and making Fashion For A Passion an enormous success! Emceed by the lovely Tina Craig (of BagSnob.com) and David Ninh (Fashion reporter for Dallas Morning News F! D Luxe) we had a great turnout of …

Against The Grain Productions featured in Pegasus News!

Our president, Tammy Nguyen, recently sat down and did an interview on behalf of ATG for Pegasus News in Dalllas. You check out the original article here! Former Dallas beauty queen founds organization to help orphans in Vietnam BY STAN ASCHER Tammy Nguyen Lee has never forgotten her roots. Filmmaker, model, honors …

ATG’s Fashion For A Passion featured in Dallas Morning News F!D Luxe

Pictures from our fabulous event are now online at Dallas Morning News’ F!D Luxe. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/pt/slideshows/2009/04/fashionpassion_2009/

Fashion For A Passion

ATG is currently gearing up for our spring charity event — Fashion For A Passion!     The event will showcase collections by local emerging and established Asian American designers Aidan Vo, Kim Phuong Pham, Khanh Nguyen, Lizzi London and will include the latest trends from women’s retailer Freedom Parc. Proceeds …

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