Starting with the fall of Saigon in April 1975, refugees from Vietnam awaited approval to move to the US and other countries. By 1979, there were almost 62,000 Vietnamese in refugee camps, with more than 140,000 people displaced from Cambodia and Laos. Portland, Oregon, was one of the medium-sized US cities that dealt with the relatively sudden influx of every major ethnic group (Vietnamese, Lao, Hmong, Mein and Cambodian) from Southeast Asia. Fifteen former refugees were interviewed for the Refugee Dreams Revisited project, which was created for the Peabody award-wining series Crossing East that ran on 230 public radio stations.
Join MediaRites for a special performance of Refugee Dreams Revisited, true local stories of sacrifice and resiliency, presented by our local Asian/Pacific Islander youth as they honor the historical struggle and preserve the powerful stories of their elders in this powerful reading performance. An elder talk back and Q&A to follow. Light refreshments provided.
This program is made possible in part by PGE Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition through the Oregon Cultural Trust.