Born in Vietnam, Visiting Professor Minh Tran immigrated to the United States in 1980 as a political refugee. In addition to receiving dance training in classical Vietnamese opera at the National School of Fine and Performing Arts in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), he holds a MFA from the University of Washington and Bachelor’s degree and Dance Certificate from Portland State University. Minh has created over thirty choreographic works, performed throughout the United States and internationally in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. Minh’s work has received numerous grants and fellowships, including those from the Regional Arts & Culture Council; White Bird / Tiffany & Company New Works Fund; Oregon Arts Commission; UCLA’s Asian & Pacific Performance Exchange Initiative; New York’s Dance Theater Workshop Suitcase Fund’s Mekong Project with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. Minh served on the advisory committee for New York’s Dance Theater Workshop Task force on Southeast Asia / Mekong Region which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Minh teaches intermediate and advanced technique and choreography, special projects courses, and Dance Traditions of Southeast Asian Civilization.