Dec. 7, 2022

202 - Indigo Willing - Sociologist + Adopted Vietnamese International Founder

202 - Indigo Willing - Sociologist + Adopted Vietnamese International Founder
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The Vietnamese with Kenneth Nguyen

Dr Indigo Willing (she/her) is a sociologist, research consultant and community volunteer. She currently lives in Meanjin on the land of the Jagera and Turrbal Peoples. Her theoretical and empirical work examines issues of power, social change and representation.

Her research and community work creates bridges between academia and community sectors, and spans a number of social worlds that reflect her own diverse background and lived experiences as a Vietnam War orphan and adoptee, an Asian Australian creative, academic and skateboarder involved with inclusive community building projects. This includes establishing the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) network, co-founding Consent is Rad and We Skate QLD, and the Asian Australian Films, Forum, and News Network.

Indigo’s former post-nominal OAM was for being awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2006 for her volunteering with adopted Vietnamese children from the war/refugee generation and founding the Adopted Vietnamese International (AVI) community. Indigo returned it as a stance of support with LGBTQ+ and First Nations communities in 2021.

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