Join us for the 2020 Virtual Vanport Mosaic Festival

SEE HER STRENGTH written and performed by Samson Syharath
and HARVEST by Dmae Roberts performed by Jane Vogel Mantiri, founder of
Advance Gender Equity for the Arts.

May 16th, 6:00-6:45pm See Her Strength, written and performed by Samson Syharath, follows a gay Laotian man who honors his refugee mother’s strength while worrying about her from far away amid a COVID-19 lockdown. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Coi Vu, director of IRCO’s Asian Family Center and Samson Syharath will lead a conversation about COVID-19 racism. Sign up for conversation on Zoom details soon! More at:

May 23, 6:00-6:45pm – Harvest by Dmae Roberts, performed by Jane Vogel Mantiri, has been rewritten to address the return of exclusion and yellow peril fear amid COVID-19 pandemic fears. The piece details four generations of an Asian American reflects on family history with Oregon’s exclusion laws. The performance and panel discussion will be with Linda Tamura, professor emerita of Willamette University and author of “The Hood River Issei” and Dmae Roberts of MediaRites will lead a conversation. See more at:

Both films include music by Joe Kye. Streaming on Vanport Mosaic Facebook page on Facebook Live:

Presented by MediaRites with generous support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF), The Oregon Cultural Trust and the Collins Foundation.