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Heroic and intentional living is choosing to be committed to doing good every breath of every day one day at a time. Sometimes we mess up and sometimes it isn’t easy, but the intention and the movement is always forward. Jora Trang

If you wish to move mountains tomorrow…you must start by lifting stones today.

~African Proverb~


Tonya: Sharing Her Story To Help Others Heal

Posted by Jora on March 2, 2019

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Category: Heroes
Compelled to share her personal story so that she could help others heal from trauma, Tonya McKenzie is a mother of four, trauma coach, entrepreneur, and the author of a self-published memoir, “A Child’s Memories of Cartoons & Murder.”  Tonya’s memoir is a straight-forward play by play of her life before and after she witnessed the murder of her mother’s boyfriend and the near death of her own mother at the age of four. When

Anh: A Meditation on Family Traditions

Posted by Jora on February 4, 2019

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Anh Le merges family bonding time with community sharing every year by making over 100 bánh tét with her mother, sisters, and invited contributors (friends & family alike) for family and friends to welcome in the new year.  Bánh Tét – Essential to Tết in the South of Vietnam Every Lunar New Year, or “Tết“, which celebrates the arrival of spring, mother of two, Director of Kuman Center Livermore, and all around hard worker, Anh Le joins
Jora Trang's blog article about Tupac Shakur
“It’s too bad your favorite artist is a glorified gansta,” said a prima dona two bit director of a small time play I was once casted in. (Okay so maybe I’m still a bit sore about this). This is after asking everyone in the cast to go around and share which musical artist inspired you the most. Notwithstanding the fact that this “director” had thoroughly failed in his attempt to create “trust” by taking us
Jora Trang and daughter
This is an article written by Nell Bernstein after interviewing me. She writes as if she were using my voice. This is a story about LOVE and HOPE and raising a strong child with truth, dignity and integrity. It is a culturally based story specifically centered on being Vietnamese and the silence that often defines our community. This point has been completely lost in this article and over time by the hijacking of my life