Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Refugee Dreams Revisited – Youth Performances

Refugee Dreams Revisited
Produced by MediaRites Productions.

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, Mien and Cambodian) from Southeast Asia.

More than 25 former refugees were interviewed for the Refugee Dreams Revisited project, which was created for the Peabody award-winning 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.

Sunday, May 28, 2017
2:00 pm
Refugee Dreams Revisited at North Portland Library
First come, first served.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
2:00 pm

Refugee Dreams Revisited at U.S. Bank Room – Central Library
First come, first served.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
4:00 pm

Refugee Dreams Revisited at Midland Library
First come, first served.

Saturday, June 24, 2017
2:00 pm
IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization)
Final Crossing East event with Refugee Dream Revisited performances/talkbacks
AND
Unveiling of Crossing East Archive of AAPI oral histories and interviews

This program is made possible in part by PGE Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition through the Oregon Cultural Trust.

 

Refugee Dreams Revisited (2005)

On Saturday, August 6th, MediaRites held an event at IRCO to celebrate the completion of ‘Refugee Dreams Revisited.’
It was an art show, music performance, craft workshop, and luncheon all in one.

Over 150 people from many ethnic backgrounds attended.

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Legacies Intergenerational Project (1999-2000)

The Legacies Intergenerational Project initially began as a multi-disciplinary project that would work with 100 youths and elders to partner for a year-long project in creative writing, audio production, interviewing, oral history and visual art. Participants would create a book of writing and art and a CD of audio stories that would be presented to the public on radio.

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Roosevelt High School (1998)

MediaRites was one of three non-profits in Oregon to garner the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Creative Links Program award. During Fall 2000, MediaRites brought an after school class in radio production and graphic design to Roosevelt High School.

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Binnsmead Middle School Programs (1997-2001)

Hope: The Youth Radio / Literacy Project 
In ’97-’98, MediaRites taught residencies to 40 of the 8th grade English as a Second Language students at Binnsmead. The students represented 17 different countries and nationalities and this project provided the only arts program at their school.

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Restorative Justice Project (2004)

MediaRites presented arts outreach in partnership with SAFES, Survivors for An Effective System and Act For Action, to 40 survivors of crime and violence. We spent nearly six months planning the workshops and the outreach to SAFES members with Arwen Bird of SAFES and Jeannie LaFrance of Act for Action.We offered these workshops to survivors: people whose lives have been drastically affected by violence and/or crime. Some survive individual violence (such as surviving incest, assault, burglary or rape), others institutional violence (such as police brutality, internment or slavery).

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Community Events: Refugee Dreams Revisited

On Saturday, August 6th, MediaRites held an event at IRCO to celebrate the completion of ‘Refugee Dreams Revisited.’ It was an art show, music performance, craft workshop, and luncheon all in one. Over 150 people from many ethnic backgrounds attended.

Read More