John “Vietnam” Nguyên

A Catalyst. A Torch.

Losing John unsettled hearts all over the world. Monuments, memorials, murals, music, and entier festivals have since been erected in memory of his presence and work. From Madison to France, his impact was truly remarkable. While officials in Chicago were sanctioning the name change of the street he grew up on to 'Joh Vietnam Nguyen Way' the mayor of Madison, WI was proclaiming August, 30th to forever be 'John Vietnam Nguyen' day for the city.

Two months after his passing in August of 2012, The JVN Project was born -- determined to continue the work John had only just begun. We carry out our initiatives with the spirit of John and the values that defined his character. We honor him by producing the necessary work within the community at maximum efficiency. We keep the intention of "One Life, One Love" in every move we make as individuals and as an organization.


"Don't take your potential for granted." - John Vietnam

About  The Project

333 East Campus Mall
Suite 3129
Madison, WI 53715-1380

The JVN Project is a collective centered on using the genre and culture of Hip-Hop as a tool of empowerment. It is an organization instituted by students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison inspired by the life of 19-year- old Chicagoan artist and UW-Madison student John Vietnam Nguyễn - emcee, poet, dancer, music engineer, and activist.

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