Virtual Screening & Storytelling: Asian Americans
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Events
- Published: 06 May 2020
Join us for a virtual event highlighting the Asian American experience.
Friday, May 29, 7 p.m. | Online
Hosted by WHRO Public Media and Vietnamese Boat People
Enjoy clips from the PBS documentary Asian Americans. This five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the series will cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.
Virtual Story Slam
The virtual event will happen May 29 at 7 p.m., but we want your submission to be a part of it!
In this story slam event, storytellers will present their unique, creative and authentic Vietnamese American stories to a virtual live audience. The story slam is being hosted in partnership with Vietnamese Boat People, a nonprofit organization founded to preserve and carry forward the stories of the Vietnamese diaspora for the future generations.
Share Your Story
Participants are asked to share their Vietnamese-American experience, ranging in topics like growing up in a Vietnamese household to how certain dishes were an important part of their youth, or how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their experience as a Vietnamese-American. Stories may be about yourself or about someone you know.
Participants will submit a video (no longer than three minutes), that tells a story. Up to seven Storytellers will be invited to share their video in a live-stream virtual event via Zoom meeting with Vietnamese Boat People's Founder and podcast Host, Tracey Nguyen Mang. There will be a short Q&A session with each participant and the videos will stream globally during the event so people across the world can hear your story!
Every selected submission wins $100.
This event is a part of our month-long celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
About Vietnamese Boat People
Founded in 2018, Vietnamese Boat People works to preserve and carry forward the stories of the Vietnamese diaspora for the future generations and to mobilize a community to pay-it-forward in helping today’s refugee population. The organization shares these stories through its podcast, Vietnamese Boat People. Led by Founder and Chief Storyteller, Tracey Nguyen Mang, along with a voluntary-based team, the organization has created various events surrounding the company’s mission, which include cultural events, live-podcast tapings, and community meetups. Visit vietnameseboatpeople.org for more details.
Major funding for ASIAN AMERICANS is provided by Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB); Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); Wallace H. Coulter Foundation; Ford Foundation/JustFilms; National Endowment for the Humanities; The Freeman Foundation; The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Carnegie Corporation of New York; Kay Family Foundation; Long Family Foundation; Spring Wang; and California Humanities.