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 Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (First Showtime)
Nov
13
7:35 PM19:35

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (First Showtime)

WORLD PREMIERE: After the patriotic themes of her first hit song launch her to stardom in Vietnam, Mai Khoi’s personal and artistic growth places her and those around her in jeopardy. A shift from pop star to activist sees Khoi run for office, advocate for women’s rights and sit down with President Barack Obama. Her aspirations to release an album with her new band, The Dissidents, are challenged by looming retaliation by the authoritarian Vietnamese regime, leading the young activist to take drastic measures.

Expected to Attend: Director Joe Piscatella, producer Mark Rinehart, Matthew Torne, executive producer Andrew Duncan, editor Matthew Sultan, subject Mai Khoi

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Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (Second Showtime)
Nov
14
3:20 PM15:20

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents (Second Showtime)

WORLD PREMIERE: After the patriotic themes of her first hit song launch her to stardom in Vietnam, Mai Khoi’s personal and artistic growth places her and those around her in jeopardy. A shift from pop star to activist sees Khoi run for office, advocate for women’s rights and sit down with President Barack Obama. Her aspirations to release an album with her new band, The Dissidents, are challenged by looming retaliation by the authoritarian Vietnamese regime, leading the young activist to take drastic measures.

Expected to Attend: Director Joe Piscatella, producer Mark Rinehart, Matthew Torne, executive producer Andrew Duncan, editor Matthew Sultan, subject Mai Khoi

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 Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam
Oct
17
12:00 PM12:00

Currencies of Imagination: Channeling Money and Chasing Mobility in Vietnam

  • Kahin Center, Cornell University (map)
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Remittances from the Vietnamese diaspora have played an important role in  Vietnam’s post Cold War economic development, providing important inputs to a range of  household spending areas, from education to health care. In the case of Vietnam, however, remittances are also caught up with memories and traumas of war, betrayal, separation and exodus. Conceptually examining remittances as money, but also gifts, this talk by Ivan V. Small (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Central Connecticut State University) illustrates how Vietnam’s particular postwar refugee and remittance histories and channels exacerbate  inherent contradictions in the mobile flows of finance, people and goods across borders that define globalization.

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A Dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development
Oct
9
6:30 PM18:30

A Dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development

  • Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Room 404 (map)
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Vietnam Finance Society (VFS), Columbia University’s Southeast Asian Student Initiative (SEASI) and New York Southeast Asian Network (NYSEAN) are proud to bring together two leading scholars on Vietnam – Dr. Edmund Malesky of Duke University and Dr. Anh Tran of Indiana University Bloomington in an event – A dialogue on Vietnam’s Economic Development. Dr. Malesky and Dr. Tran are among a handful of U.S.-based scholars who have done extensive research and seen the ebb and flow of the Vietnam story. Join us for an open dialogue about the state of Vietnam’s economy and market, as we bridge the gap between Vietnam and the United States.

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Colloquium on Global Hồ Chí Minh
Oct
4
9:30 AM09:30

Colloquium on Global Hồ Chí Minh

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 918 (map)
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Held on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Hồ Chí Minh, this international colloquium will interrogate Hồ’s role in the formation of modern Vietnam and explore the country’s position in world affairs in the 20th Century. Participants will share their new multi-lingual and multi-archival research and past works on the life, career, and legacy of Hồ Chí Minh. This colloquium also serves to announce a new partnership between Columbia University and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi.

This is a Weatherhead East Asian Institute 70th Anniversary event.

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Hmong Fugitive History and Refugee Epistemology
Sep
12
12:00 PM12:00

Hmong Fugitive History and Refugee Epistemology

  • Kahin Center, Cornell University (map)
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This talk examines the critical narratives of refugee migration and community formation from a Hmong epistemological perspective. By analyzing Hmong women’s narratives against U.S. redacted archival records that erase Hmong and Laos history during the U.S. “secret war,” the talk explores the politics of knowledge formation which has generated a historiography about the Hmong refugee as a masculinized refugee soldier and a distinct U.S. ally.

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The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now
Apr
26
5:00 PM17:00

The Fall of Saigon, Vietnamese People: Then and Now

The night starts out in the AACC at 5 pm with a dinner and discussion with Vietnamese poet and novelist Lê Thị Diễm Thúy, author of the widely acclaimed 2003 novel 'The Gangster We Are All Looking For.' The event will feature a performance and reading from Ms. Thúy and then a moderated discussion on her experiences as a Vietnamese writer and engaging with Vietnamese identity and the traumas of war in her work. Afterward, from 7-8pm, ViSA will have a reception for its 'Fall of Saigon' exhibit in the AACC Exhibition Room. The exhibit will feature photography, interview excerpts on personal interpretations of what it means to be Vietnamese, family stories relating to the war, and a project on media representations of Vietnamese refugees. 

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Vietnamese Students' Association

  • Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies

  • Yale Center for Race & Indigeneity and Transnational Migration

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Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora

The Vietnam Heritage Center (VHC) is proud to present Giai Điệu Quê Hương: Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora. The event is part of Carnegie Hall's Migrations: The Making of America, a citywide festival that traces the journeys of people from different origins and backgrounds who helped to shape and influence the evolution of American culture. Tickets are available at www.vietnamheritagecenter.org for $25.

The VHC program will examine the migration of the Vietnamese people through music and dance, with selections ranging from traditional genres such as dân ca (folk music) and cải lương (reformed opera), to contemporary music.  Various musical perspectives will be offered by a diverse group of artists, including vocalists, performers of Vietnamese instruments such as the đàn bầu (monochord zither) and đàn tranh (17 string zither), a classical pianist, jazz quartet and dance ensembles.  A full list of the performers is listed on VHC’s website.

“VHC is delighted to participate in Carnegie Hall’s program, and grateful for the opportunity to share the rich heritage of Vietnam with our Vietnamese community and the greater NYC community through music and dance,” said VHC Executive Director Thuy Pham.  

The Vietnam Heritage Center is a New York 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rich traditions and language of Vietnam. VHC’s mission is to promote and share Vietnamese language and culture to the general public and local community while providing support for the Vietnamese immigrant community. VHC strives to be a resource for all to learn about and celebrate Vietnamese lifestyles and customs. 

Hosted by: 

  • Vietnam Heritage Center

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Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications
Apr
3
12:00 PM12:00

Vietnam’s Relations with China: Domestic impact and international implications

The speaker for this Brown Bag Seminar is Ngo Vinh Long, who is a professor of Asian Studies in the History Department at the University of Maine. He has been teaching courses on China, Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Vietnam at this university since 1985. His areas of interest include social and economic development in Asia and US relations with Asian countries. He is the author four books and over three hundred articles in various languages. He was a co-founder of the Committee of Asian Concerned Asian Scholars and its Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars in 1968, renamed Critical Asian Studies in 2000. He has travelled to Vietnam almost every year since 1986 to do research and to work with various academic institutions and non-governmental organizations there.

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

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Film Screening: Journey From the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with Director Ham Tran
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Film Screening: Journey From the Fall (Viet. Vượt Sóng) with Director Ham Tran

Ham Tran is a celebrated Vietnamese-American film director, known especially for his 2007 film about a family’s divided escape from the fall of Saigon in 1975 entitled Journey from the Fall(Viet. Vượt Sóng). Journey from the Fall opened to critical acclaim, and won numerous awards including the Best Director from the Asian Festival of first Film, the Grand Jury Prize at the Amazonas International Film Festival, the Best Feature Film at the Anchorage International Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Award at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, among many others. The film is one of the only cinematic representations of the plight of boat refugees following the fall of South Vietnam to Communist forces, and virtually the only film to represent inmate experiences of the “reeducation camps” (học tập cảo tạo/cảo tạo lao động) that were opened particularly in the south of Vietnam after 1975, and which operated as late as the early 2000s. Additionally, the film is notable for having been completely financed by the Vietnamese exile community.

The event will be moderated by John Phan, an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Columbia University. No registration is required for the event. 

For more information, please click here

Hosted by: 

  • Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute

  • MA in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University.

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Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia
Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

Arc of Containment: Britain, the United States and Anticommunism in Southeast Asia

Arc of Containment recasts the history of American empire in Southeast and East Asia from World War II through the end of American intervention in Vietnam. Setting aside the classic story of anxiety about falling dominoes, Wen-Qing Ngoei articulates a new regional history premised on strong security and sure containment guaranteed by Anglo-American cooperation. Ngoei argues that anticommunist nationalism in Southeast Asia intersected with preexisting local antipathy toward China and the Chinese diaspora to usher the region from European-dominated colonialism to US hegemony.

Featuring Wen-Qing Ngoei, Nanyang Technological University

Moderated by Lien-Hnag Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University

Hosted by Center for International History and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon
Jan
6
6:00 PM18:00

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: Letters From Saigon to Saigon

The Asia Society's exhibition showcases a recently acquired series of nine photographs by Tuan Andrew Nguyen (b. 1976 in Saigon, Vietnam) titled From Saigon to Saigon. The photographs document the handwritten correspondence from a young Vietnamese rapper based in Ho Chi Minh City to an African American rapper, who adopted the stage moniker 'Saigon' after reading Wallace Terry’s Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War, detailing the discriminatory experiences African Americans endured during the American-Vietnam War. The photographs illuminate the interaction of history, politics, and popular culture in the rapidly shifting landscape of contemporary Vietnamese society.


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So Far Away From Vietnam with director Laurence Gavron
Oct
25
6:15 PM18:15

So Far Away From Vietnam with director Laurence Gavron

The fall of Dien Bien Phu and the Geneva Accords in 1954 signalled the end of a century of France’s presence in Indochina. In the French army, large numbers of soldiers from the colonies, particularly North and Sub-Saharan Africa, were repatriated to their home countries. Among these were many African soldiers from the four communes of Senegal who had full French citizenship and had taken Vietnamese wives. They went home with wife, children, and sometimes mother-in-law. This film is intended as a tribute to the Vietnamese women who left everything behind to start a new life in a country they knew nothing about, very far from their homeland, their way of life and their memories. 

Hosted by Columbia’s Institute of Africana Studies.

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Vietnamese Les (Lesbian) Gender, Community, and Space in the Phantasmagoria of Real Life
Apr
26
12:00 PM12:00

Vietnamese Les (Lesbian) Gender, Community, and Space in the Phantasmagoria of Real Life

  • Yale University - Luce Hall, Room 203 (map)
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Based upon ethnographic research since 2006, recorded interviews, and video-analysis, this presentation will analyze how les appropriate a popular and heteronormatively themed Vietnamese short story to tell a liberalized parable of les romance in the context of tình nghĩa vợ chồng, a traditional value system that shapes love and long-term commitment between married couples.

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NY Historical Society: The Vietnam War 1945-1975
Apr
22
5:00 PM17:00

NY Historical Society: The Vietnam War 1945-1975

  • 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024 (map)
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The New-York Historical Society presents a groundbreaking exhibition on one of the most controversial events of the 20th century: the Vietnam War. Populating a 3,000-square-foot gallery with interpretive displays, digital media, artwork, artifacts, photographs, and documents, the exhibit provides an enlightening account of the causes, progression, and impact of the war. Spanning the duration of U.S. involvement in Indochina from 1945 to 1975, the narrative incorporates perspectives that cover both the home front and the war front.

Find more information here.

Hosted by New York Historical Society.

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Vietnam: Today and Yesterday
Apr
6
9:30 PM21:30

Vietnam: Today and Yesterday

  • Rutger's University Alexander Library (map)
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Jack Yeager, from Lousiana State University (Baton Rouge), speaks on 'Metissage and "Queer" Spaes of Interrogation in Marguerite Duras, Kim Lefevre and Linda Le.'

Leslie Barnes, from Australian National University, speaks on 'Market Demands, Migratory Flows: Married Women in Colonial Vietnam and the Diaspora.'

Nora Annesley Taylor, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, speaks on 'The Document as Event: Vietnamese Artists' Engagements with History.'

This event is sponsored by the Department of French and the Program in Comparative LIterature in the Rutgers School of Arts and Science.

Hosted by Rutger’s University.

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The My Lai Massacre: Reflections And Lessons, A 50th Anniversary Conference
Mar
16
8:30 AM08:30

The My Lai Massacre: Reflections And Lessons, A 50th Anniversary Conference

On March 16th, 1968, over 500 Vietnamese men, women and children were killed in the hamlets of My Lai-4 and My Khe in Quang Ngai Province by American soldiers in what became known as the My Lai massacre, the most notorious atrocity in the Vietnam War. The events were immediately covered up and were not revealed for over a year. Eventually, over two dozen enlisted men and officers up to the rank of Major General were investigated for the killings and cover-up.

On March 16th, 2018, these events will be explored in a conference at Columbia Law School: THE MY LAI MASSACRE: REFLECTIONS AND LESSONS, A 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

Speakers include Rev. Donald Shriver, president emeritus of the Union Theological Seminary; Kenneth Raby, military defense counsel for Calley, William Eckhardt, lead prosecutor of Captain Ernest Medina; Howard Jones, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alabama and author of My Lai: Vietnam, 1968, and the Descent into Darkness; Richard Hammer, former NY TIMES reporter who covered the My Lai Court trials; Peter Stremiskis, member of the PEERS commission investigating the massacres, Peter Range, former Time magazine reporter who covered the trials; John Prados, National Security Archives, author of Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975; Michael MacPherson, Veterans for Peace and other journalists, scholars, activists and veterans

The event is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact MyLaiMassacreEvent@law.columbia.edu

For Disability Accommodations: (212) 854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu

Hosted by Columbia Law School

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Danh Vo at the Guggenheim
Feb
1
to May 9

Danh Vo at the Guggenheim

Danish artist Danh Vo (b. 1975, Bà Rịa, Vietnam) dissects the public forces and private desires that define individual experience. His work addresses sweeping cultural and political themes, but refracts them through intimate personal narratives—what the artist calls “the tiny diasporas of a person’s life.” Seen together in this survey exhibition, the sculptures, photographs, and works on paper that he has created over the past fifteen years circle a central paradox: that the self is plural and inherently fluid, yet decisively shaped by larger power structures.

Find more information here.


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Elegy For the Time Being: A Film by Tram Luong
Jun
4
9:00 PM21:00

Elegy For the Time Being: A Film by Tram Luong

  • Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University (map)
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‘She said no’, and in that moment there was despair and hope. When the archive of memories becomes dead weight, stories have to be told anew. Elegy for The Time Being is a documentary film project inspired by the life of Huỳnh Sanh Thông – the first Vietnamese scholar to arrive at Yale University in the 1950s. The film moves through the alleys of the life of Huỳnh Sanh Thông to weave together moments that glimmer and sink, waiting to be told, and retold. Enmeshed with the musical quest of An Tran, a young Vietnamese guitarist and a personal seeking of Tram Luong, a young storyteller, the life and times of Huỳnh Sanh Thông find a new spirit.

More information here.

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Youth and Public Space in Hanoi
Mar
2
12:00 PM12:00

Youth and Public Space in Hanoi

Danielle Labbé's research is focused on the inter-relations between the production and appropriation of urban space in Vietnam. Her work uses a combination of historical, process-oriented, and social agency perspectives to explore the encounters between state intentions, governing practices, and everyday life during the urbanization process. Through this approach, Danielle’s research shows that, although taking place during a so-called “global era,” the ongoing urban transition in Vietnam remains deeply rooted in local circumstances. Placed in a comparative context, her research on this Southeast Asian country contributes to larger theoretical debates about state-society relations, urban governance, and regulatory informality in the fields of urban planning, human geography, and urban anthropology.

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Global Development at War: The United States and South Vietnam’s Struggle for Survival, 1968-1975
Feb
28
12:00 PM12:00

Global Development at War: The United States and South Vietnam’s Struggle for Survival, 1968-1975

  • Columbia University - International Affairs Building, Room 918 (map)
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Simon Toner offers a reinterpretation of the final years of the American War in Vietnam. Between 1968-1975, the United States and its South Vietnamese ally deployed development projects to shore up the Saigon regime’s authoritarian rule, and to foster an anti-Communist community in preparation for political competition with the Vietnamese Communists. In doing so, U.S. and South Vietnamese officials drew on the development experiences of anti-Communist regimes throughout Asia. The failure of these projects, more so than military setbacks, accounts for the collapse of South Vietnam in April 1975.

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Plan-Makers and Plan-Breakers: The Contentious Politics of Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation in the Mekong Delta
Feb
23
12:00 PM12:00

Plan-Makers and Plan-Breakers: The Contentious Politics of Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation in the Mekong Delta

  • Cornell University - Kahin Center (map)
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In this paper, I draw on ethnographic fieldwork and interviews to examine the contentious politics of food security and climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta, paying particular attention to how this conflict between state planners and market-oriented farmers challenges the notion of a neoliberal environmental or food regime and instead demonstrates the resurgent role of the state in controlling environmental conditions and managing agricultural production towards political ends.

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On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War Exhibition
Feb
18
8:00 PM20:00

On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War Exhibition

The Intrepid Museum’s new exhibition "On the Line: Intrepid and the Vietnam War" explores the events and impact of the Vietnam War through the lens of Intrepid’s history. The exhibition, which opened in 2015 to mark the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of the war, offers a site-specific immersion into an important chapter of American history. The legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid served three tours of duty in Vietnam between 1966 and 1969. Set within the very spaces where men lived and served, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of Intrepid and its crew “on the line”—the periods when the ship was active in the Gulf of Tonkin, launching aircraft for missions over mainland Vietnam. This localized history serves as the starting point for understanding the larger historical landscape, including the Cold War, Operation Rolling Thunder and protests at home.

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Hosted by: 

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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