Anh Nguyen was a Vietnamese child refugee raised in Carrollton, Texas. She graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity and Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College. In 2002, she had a postgraduate fellowship from Harvard to conduct research interviews about the acculturation of Vietnamese in Australia. She then worked with Harvard School of Public Health on AIDS research and treatment in Nigeria, and became a bilingual legal aid advocate for Vietnamese immigrants at Greater Boston Legal Services. She worked in Melbourne on indigenous land rights with Native Title Services Victoria and is currently pursuing her PhD on the oral history of Vietnamese Australian child refugees in Australia at the University of Melbourne Australia.