Tracy Nguyen-Chung receives the Breaking Obstacles Award from Orvis’s Simon Perkins.
In 2015, Orvis created the Breaking Obstacles Award to honor people who’ve gone above and past to introduce the game of fly fishing to a extra numerous viewers. Previous recipients have created packages for inner-city youth, under-served veterans, girls, Alaskan natives, breast-cancer sufferers, and youngsters in foster care.
Final Friday evening, at a gala occasion throughout the annual Orvis Information Rendezvous in Missoula, Montana, Orvis COO Simon Perkins offered the 2019 Breaking Obstacles Award Tracy Nguyen-Chung, the founding father of Brown People Fishing.
Tracy Nguyen-Chung helps to broaden the fly-fishing neighborhood.
Right here’s how the group describes itself:
Brown People Fishing cultivates the visibility, illustration, and inclusion of individuals of coloration in fishing and its business. BFF is each an area to construct neighborhood and a motion to develop entry. We work on the intersection of race, media, and fishing as a gateway to conservation.
Our motion is led by a workforce of anglers of coloration whose skilled backgrounds embody: strategic advertising and marketing, PR and communications, images, documentary, outdoor business, wilderness guides, schooling, culinary arts, visible and digital artwork, and conservation. Ambassadors lead initiatives at native and nationwide ranges.
The daughter of refugees who fled to the US throughout the Vietnam Warfare, Nguyen-Chung grew up in Portland, Oregon, and her mother and father’ love of the outside was ever current. Her father, who grew up fishing in Vietnam, taught her to fish when she was six years outdated, however she dropped the pursuit as an adolescent. It wasn’t till she later moved to Los Angeles that Nguyen-Chung determined to revisit the game.
The deeper she obtained into fly fishing, the extra she acknowledged the necessity to diversify the face of the game, so in spring 2018, she launched Brown People Fishing, which has since grown into a company with a devoted, multidisciplinary workforce of ambassadors leveraging modern media platforms to diversify the face of fishing. Collectively, the BFF workforce has a following of greater than 30,000 on Instagram alone, they usually proceed to attempt to construct capability, entry, sources, and neighborhood for anglers of coloration.
Different Brown People Fishing members in attendance had been Autumn Harry, Erica Nelson, and Religion Briggs. Together with the remainder of us, they heard Nguyen-Chung give this shifting acceptance speech:
Thanks Simon and the workforce at Orvis – Jaimie, Julia, Jackie, Chrissy, Phil, Tucker, Abbie, Maggie – for listening, supporting, and amplifying. I’m gratefult to be in neighborhood with you.
I need to acknowledge that we’re gathered right here in the present day on the ancestral lands of the Salish, Kootenai, Kalispel, Blackfeet, and Shoshone individuals.
The Brown People Fishing Crew after the awards ceremony in Missoula, Montana.
Picture through Instagram, Brown People Fishing
My father is an immigrant and a refugee. Fishing was a method for him to attach again to a homeland that, for a very long time, he didn’t know if he may see once more. Via him, I’ve come to know that fishing has all the time had deep and complicated roots in our communities. And due to these layers and complexities, every thing all through all of our work with Brown People Fishing has a conservation element, as a result of it comes again to our survival. We inform tales as a result of we’re conscious of the ability dynamics that influence which storytellers and audiences we most recurrently see and validate.
These items are a part of a tacit and central understanding with the anglers in our neighborhood. I’m impressed by them on a regular basis and I hope that while you hear their tales, you can be too.
I need to thank the numerous black, indigenous, and other people of coloration who’ve pioneered these storytelling areas within the outdoor earlier than us. We Make the Highway by Strolling. I additionally need to acknowledge that Brown People Fishing wouldn’t be what it’s with out the workforce of ambassadors that lay the muse for our work. A number of of them had been capable of journey right here in the present day – Autumn, Erica, Religion – please stand. Thanks in your depth, your voices, and your excellence. I see you and I respect you. Thanks.
To get an incredible have a look at how Nguyen-Chung’s imaginative and prescient is rising, comply with Brown People Fishing on Instagram.