Master Hoa serves as the principle character in Vietnamerica. He is the highest ranked master of Vietnamese Vovinam in the US. He currently lives outside of Ft. Worth, TX where he teaches martial arts.
During the war, Hoa was an instructor for the South Vietnam Special Forces. After the defeat of the South, he was sent to a communist re-education camp for three years. Once released, Hoa and his family were forced to flee to avoid further persecution.
Lewis “Bob” Sorley is a Vietnam veteran, graduate of West Point, and holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins. He is a Vietnam War historian and author of, A Better War, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. The book was also on a mandatory reading list at the Pentagon and White House during both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Turner is the Associate Director at the Center for National Security Law at University of Virginia. He has also taught at Westpoint and the U.S. Naval War College. He was a national security adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has also worked at the Pentagon and White House and has testified before more than a dozen different congressional committees on issues of international or constitutional law and related topics.
Anh is noted as the “scientist who developed the bomb that ended the war with Afghanistan,” earning her the title “Bomb Lady” in the Vietnamese Community. She was awarded the Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Achievement in Naval Technology and the National Security Medal for significant contribution to the nation in activities related to national security. Since 2009, Anh has been the Director for the Borders and Maritime Security Division within the United States Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate
Thanh was a Captain in the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces and the son of Attorney Tran Van Tuyen, former Prime-Minister of South Vietnam. He spent 15 years in communist prison.
Huong is a Vietnamese author and political dissident. Formerly a member of Vietnam’s Communist party, she was expelled from the party in 1989, and has been denied the right to travel abroad. She was temporarily imprisoned for her writings and outspoken criticism of corruption in the Vietnamese government. Though she is one of Vietnam’s most popular writers, her books are banned in the country by the central communist government.
Tho was the president of the Families of Political Prisoners Association and an active member of the Humanitarian Operation (H.O.) Program. She spent her life helping Vietnamese political prisoners qualify for asylum in the US.
Mrs. Bui is the founder and President of the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation (VAHF). The VAHF is a non-profit organization formed in 2004 to record the Vietnamese Americans immigrant experience for educational and public awareness purposes. The VAHF has collected over 200,000 pages of documents, materials, and pictures related to the history of Vietnamese Americans, especially the group of former Political Prisoners. This collection is housed at the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University.
Mrs. Bui escaped from her homeland by boat with her two young children in 1979. In 1988, she published “Bot Bien,” meaning “Sea Foam”, a novel describing the hardships and drama of Vietnamese boat people who fled Vietnam in search of freedom.
Scott Edwards is an Austin-based director and principle of Edwards Media. With a Fine Arts degree from University of Texas, Edwards quickly gained recognition in the Austin film community by winning awards three years in a row at the Austin 48-Hour Film Project in the categories of Best Director (2010), and Best Film (2011 & 2012). With the feature length “VIETNAMERICA”, Edwards is making his directorial and festival debut in 2015.