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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.
Fifteen 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 – Speaker Ova Saopeng, TeAda Productions
Refugee Dreams Revisited at North Portland Library
First come, first served.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
2:00 pm – with author Kilong Ung, author of Golden Leaf, a Khmer Rouge Genocide Survivor

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017
4:00 pm – with guests Quy Nguyen, Tien Nguyen and Anne Morin (original interviewees and interview for the Refugee Dreams Revisited radio story on Crossing East).

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017
2:00 pm
IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220)
Final Crossing East event with Refugee Dream Revisited performances/talkbacks with community guest Lee Po Cha, executive director of IRCO and featuring the music of Joe Kye. 
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.