Born in 1976 to a Cham-French refugee mother from Viet Nam and an American father who’d served in Viet Nam, Julie has photographed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador, Viet Nam, Cambodia, England, Spain, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Her photography has appeared in 'ColorLines,' 'Portland Review,' 'diaCRITICS,' and 'Newspace Center for Photography—Exhibitions 2002-2011,' and is forthcoming Winter 2012 in 'positions: east asia cultures critique' and 'Southeast Asian Women: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art.' Recent exhibition venues include University of California Berkeley, California College of the Arts, Vietnamese American Arts and Letters Association, San Francisco State University's Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center.
Julie received formal training as a documentary filmmaker at The Evergreen State College and at Portland Art Museum's Northwest Film Center. Julie holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Evergreen (2000) and a MA in Ethnic Studies (2009) from UC Berkeley. As a filmmaker, she was a 2005-06 Rockefeller Fellow at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass-Boston. She is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow and graduate student instructor at UC Berkeley, as she completes her doctorate in ethnic studies. Julie is a core member of Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, managing editor of diaCRITICS, and director of the biennial San Francisco Diasporic Vietnamese Film Festival.