April 25, 2017

Quyên Lu'u

Young woman holds microphone on a stageQuyên Lưu uses social media and creative arts to engage Vietnamese youth on key issues. In May 2015, together with a group of comic artists, she founded and led a campaign named “Todocabi,” which means “challenge your knowledge.” The project raised awareness among Vietnamese youth about the government budgeting process and called for greater transparency. Thanks to the comics, art-based videos, and paintings, after only two months “Todocabi” received over 12,600 digital signatures on a petition calling for transparency in the government budget that was submitted to National Assembly Representatives. This was one of the most successful youth-led advocacy campaigns in Vietnam. Since April 2014, Quyên's project team “Little Frog” has produced videos on a variety of social issues, such as eating dog meat, protecting LGBT rights, the education system, and enhancing women’s rights. Quyên also was invited to participate as a trainer for a project funded by the U.S. Government Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), in which she taught YSEALI members video-making skills. Quyên’s videos have earned over a million views and 15,000 subscribers on its YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/echphuho/videos. This video series represents the voice of the new generation in Vietnam.  

Young woman stands in front of classroom full of young children

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