Dat Tran’s scarves and accessories are made of silk cultivated in remote villages of Vietnam by small communities of silk farmers and then woven on antique looms and hand-dyed to achieve captivating colors. He will be on site at the Asia Society’s AsiaStore for this event.
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.
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Yale Vietnamese Students' Association
Yale Council on Southeast Asian Studies
Yale Center for Race & Indigeneity and Transnational Migration
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.
Vietnam Heritage Center
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.
Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies
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.
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Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute
MA in Film and Media Studies at Columbia University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Hosted by New York Historical Society.
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.
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
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Hosted by Columbia Law School
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.
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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.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum