Khoi Dinh was born in October 1982 in Hanoi and lived there until he decided to attend a university abroad in the United States. He attended Cameron University in Oklahoma and majored in business administration. He then went on to study development research in graduate school at the Missouri State University Foundation. After graduate school, he continued to do development research for colleges all across the United States. Dinh lived in Iowa for a while before he got his current job in development research at Lewis and Clark College in 2008. Since then Dinh has enjoyed his time exploring all the opportunities that Portland and the surrounding area has to offer.

Dinh begins his first interview by discussing his childhood in Hanoi. He loved his experiences there, but he knew he wanted to further his education by studying abroad. He then goes on to discuss how he wanted to be in the United States and how he ended studying at Cameron University. Dinh goes on to discuss his higher education and the towns that he lived in. He contemplates about these rural towns, and how it was difficult for him to meet new people and participate in activities and hobbies that he enjoyed. By the end of the interview, Dinh describes his life in Portland and the community that he has created for himself here. He goes on to explain his role at Lewis and Clark as a development researcher. He ends the interview by describing all the opportunities available for him now that he lives in a larger city.

In this interview, Dinh discussed what it has been like to live in the year 2020. He begins by describing how cooking has become an important hobby while Dinh has been practicing social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He goes on to describe the many ways that his life has changed since the start of the pandemic, for instance, his job in development research. He and his friends were quick to begin wearing and distributing masks before it was mandated by the government. They would have family and friends ship in masks from Vietnam because masks were not yet accessible in the United States. He also states the different ways that the United States and Vietnam have handled the spread of the pandemic. Dinh addresses his personal views on the Black Lives Matter movement versus the perspective of other members in the Vietnamese community. He ends by describing the ways he has still been able to connect with nature while being in quarantine.