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What is a Story Slam?

A Story Slam is an event where five to six finalists, who have been selected from a submission pool, perform on stage and present their unique, creative, and authentic Vietnamese American stories. 



What does  Mỹ Việt mean

Mỹ (American) Việt (Vietnamese) is the literal translation in Vietnamese. This is your opportunity to share a story on the Vietnamese American experience.

How will it work? 

Each finalist will have no more than six minutes to tell their story. The use of props, background/transition music, and background images can be used to add more detail to their storytelling. However no videos as a replacement to the live performance.  A panel of distinguished judges will watch and score each performance and winners will be announced at the end. The event will also air globally on the Vietnamese Boat People Podcast so people across the world can hear your story!


Event poster artwork designed by My Tien Pham & Peyton Benge.


Vietnamese Boat People Podcast will be hosting our first Story Slam event in New York City!


Stories must reflect a true Vietnamese American experience. It can be your own, or you can retell a story about someone else you know. The tone of the story can vary, tragic or funny, heavy or light, history or current. Performance styles may vary and creativity is encouraged. This event is open to the public to apply and attend. All entries should be mostly in English. Some Vietnamese can be used with translation, however, the whole story can not be in Vietnamese.


First place: $500

Second place: $200


All submissions must be entered by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 30, 2020.

  • There is no fee to enter. You must be at least 18 years old. By submitting an entry, you agree to these terms and conditions.

  • To enter, please submit a video of yourself telling your story no longer than six minutes. If you plan to use props or media, please demonstrate in your video or describe in the email body how you plan to use them. If selected, you will have time to perfect your story and receive feedback prior to event day. Finalists for the story slam will be chosen the first week of April. 

  • Send the video submission to Associate Producer, Tricia Vuong at tricia@vietnameseboatpeople.org

  • Include a link to a video hosted on a website like YouTube or Vimeo, or attached as an .mp4 or .mov file. Include a short blurb about yourself and why you’re interested in participating.


The event space is donated by Asian Nation, Live Nation Entertainment’s Global ERG (Employee Resource Group) as part of their month-long programming of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). Asian Nation’s mission is to promote greater understanding and awareness for employees about Pan-Asian Culture, foster opportunities for personal and professional development and cultivate a social, supportive and career-minded community amongst employees of Pan-Asian descent. 


This event is also made possible by the 2019 Asian Women Giving Circle grant. The Asian Women Giving Circle (AWGC) is the first and largest giving circle in the nation led by Asian American women. They believe culture is an essential part of any strategy for social change and raise funds to support Asian American women-led projects in NYC that use arts and culture. The Asian Women Giving Circle is a donor-advised fund of Ms. Foundation for Women.

The event will be hosted in May 2020 (exact date and time will be announced shortly) at the Live Nation Entertainment NY HQ at 430 W. 15th St. New York, NY 10011. If selected, finalists will be notified in April and must be available to perform in-person at the event. 

The Live Nation Entertainment NY HQ is wheelchair accessible. Please reach out to Associate Producer, Tricia Vuong tricia@vietnameseboatpeople.org with any accessibility needs.