Thien Doan was born in Vietnam in 1991 and now lives in San Diego, California, where he is pursuing a MFA in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego. His work combines historical photographic processes with digital technology, and also often incorporates other media including video, sound and installation. Social Justice issues - particularly war, geo-political, border, refugees and immigration- figure heavily in his recent projects. He was awarded an Undergraduate Student Research Grant from Wichita State University to develop his knowledge of the cyanotype process. He spent three months in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee in Wichita to create a photography exhibition in recognition of World Refugee Day.  In 2018, he received a Koch Cultural Trust grant to do his documentary film Between Two World in Hue city, Vietnam.