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PART I: FALL OF SAIGON

  • National Anthem of the United States performed by Huy Trần and Duy Trần
  • National Anthem of the Republic of South Vietnam performed by Jenny Đan Anh and Victoria Thuý Vi 
  • Moment of Silence read by Chiêu Quân Huỳnh and Toàn Nguyễn
    • Link to Anthems and Moment of Silence
    • Huy Tran is a partner with Justice at Work Law Group, LLP, a law firm that focuses on social justice and worker’s rights.  He has served as President of the Vietnamese American Roundtable, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. Duy Tran, on the guitar, is currently attending undergraduate school and has volunteered through several Black April events throughout the year.
    • Chieu Quan is a dancer, practicing Vietnamese traditional and modern dance techniques. Her love of dance inspired her to start Viet Steps, which teaches young children the same cultural and modern dances, often performing at community events.  Toan Nguyen currently serves as a member of the board of directors for VAR and is also often seen volunteering and emceeing at other community events.
    • Compiled by VR Squad With footage and photography from: EM Collective, Khang Truong, LeTuy Films, VietVungVinh, and Tyler Vu Photography
  • Greetings from Santa Clara County Elected Officials | Link to Greetings
    • Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren
    • Supervisor Cindy Chavez, President of Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
    • Supervisor Dave Cortese, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
    • Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose
    • Councilmember Lan Diep, City of San Jose
  • Xin Đời Một Nụ Cười performed by Jenny Đan Anh | Link to Song
    • Jenny is a 16 year old girl born and raised in American but really adores the culture and tradition of her Vietnamese origins. Her love for singing began at the young age of 2 1/2 years old and she has been singing for the community as well as many charity organizations near and far. In 2015, she received first place in the competition Vstar Kids, hosted by renowned Vietnamese production company Thuý Nga. Jenny is the incoming president of Independence High School’s Vietnamese Student Association Club (VSA).

PART II: REFUGEE JOURNEY FROM THE FALL

  • Giờ Này Anh Ở Đâu performed by Ngọc Anh Vi Link to Song
    • Ngoc Anh Vi from Asia Entertainment, will be sharing a heartfelt dedication to our heroes and fallen soldiers who may be gone, but never forgotten.
  • Interview with My Father written by Vina Vô | Link to Poetry
    • Vina is a writer, storyteller, strategic consultant and community facilitator living in the Bay Area. During her free time, she loves hiking, exploring new bookstores, meditating, and learning how to cook more Vietnamese dishes. She is consistently envisioning a world where people can create their way to freedom. She is the co-founder of the Novalia Collective: novaliacollective.com
  • Đường Về Quê Hương performed by Jenny Đan Anh | Link to Song
  • “Elements: Roots, Refugees, Resettlement, Rebuilding, Resilience” created by Kayla Trình, Christine Phạm, Natalie Bùi, Cindy Dương and Mimi Nguyễn   | Link to Digital Art Piece
    • Roots: Kayla Trình is grew up in San Jose, CA and is currently a freshman in college.  As a high school student, she volunteered with VAR, creating graphics design and community videos.
    • Refugees: Christine Phạm’s family initially arrived to Grand Rapids, Michigan but later moved to San Jose, CA where she grew up.  By day, she is an attorney in the aerospace industry and serves on the board of VAR.
    • Resettlement: Natalie Bùi was born and raised in San Jose to Vietnamese refugee parents and has a grandpa who served as prisoner of war. He made sure to never let her forget the Fall of Saigon every year.  She currently works as a freelancer and illustrator.
    • Rebuilding: Cindy Dương identifies as part of the Teochew Chinese diaspora, born in the US to parents who immigrated here from Soc Trang, Vietnam.  Professionally, she is a brand and marketing designer at Trello, and illustrates on the side.
    • Resilience: Mimi Nguyễn is a public interest attorney working in immigration law.  On the side, she is a calligrapher and serves on multiple community boards, including VAR.
  • “Hello, Vietnam” choreographed and performed by Jenny Hoài Ngọc Nguyễn; filmed by Kevin Phan | Link to Dance Performance
    • Born in Georgia and raised in Northern California, Jenny Nguyen resides in San Jose, CA, home to one of the biggest Little Saigons in the United States. She is a student at San Jose State University studying Child and Adolescent Development. Since she was small she has been involved in many charity events in the Vietnamese community. She is also deeply involved with SJSU VSA and NorCal UVSA holding various positions.  With over 10 years of traditional dance experience, she hopes to spread culture and tradition to the younger generations.

PART III: LOOKING TO OUR FUTURE

  • Keynote on Resiliency by Dr. Tùng Nguyễn, Professor of Medicine at UCSF |  Link to Keynote
    • Dr. Nguyen is the Stephen J. McPhee, MD Endowed Chair in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A general internist with a panel of diverse patients, Dr. Nguyen teaches medical students and residents about medicine, health disparities, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Nguyen served as a Commissioner on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders from 2011 to 2014 and as the Chair of the Commission from 2014 to 2017.
  • April 1975 to November 2016: A Conversation with My Mother & There Is Always Rice in the Refugee Kitchen (Poetry) written by Đỗ Nguyên Mai | Link to Full Reading
    • Đỗ Nguyên Mai is a poet from Santa Clarita, California. She is the author of Ghosts Still Walking (Platypus Press, 2016) and Battlefield Blooming (Sahtu Press, 2019). She is the winner of the 2019 Locked Horn Press Publication Prize, and she has work forthcoming in Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Lyrical Prose (New Rivers Press) and They Rise Like A Wave: An Anthology of Asian American Women Poets (Blue Oak Press), among othersShe currently works as a researcher for AAPI Data.
  • Cơm Gia Đình / Family Dinners: Bun Rieu (Video Art) recorded by Kavi Vũ | Link to Com Gia Dinh Video
    • Project Cơm Gia Đình / Family Dinners was created by VAR for the 2019 commemoration because the Vietnamese family dinner is the heart of the family; where everyone comes together after a long day to share a meal. For many families, this time is also about cultural retention – how do we pass along our family history and traditions through our meals at the dinner table?
    • The project was brought to life and enhanced by Kavi Vu, a spoken word artist and videographer from Atlanta, Georgia. She considers herself a storyteller who hopes to inspire her audience with her passion for cultural identity and social justice. She believes that too many ideas are left unspoken and too many stories are going untold from generation to generation. Through storytelling and videography, she is committed to being a part of the movement that brings more Asian Americans on our screens, on the stage, and to the polls.
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow performed by Victoria Thuý Vi | Link to Song
    • Victoria Thuy Vi McDowell, sings in 5 languages. She’s known as the “Voice of San Jose, Jr.” for singing the National Anthem at San Jose City Hall, Stadiums and many Non-Profits and community events. Victoria won awards for VSTAR Kids, the Gold Star for the Northern California NAACP ACT-SO competition for Contemporary and Classical Voice, and performed at the NAACP National awards program for Mayor Willie Brown and President Bill Clinton in San Antonio Texas. In 2018 Victoria won first place in the South Bay Teen Idols competition and in 2019 she was crowned Miss Teen Vietnam USA.
  • Closing Montage of Past Black Aprils created by VR Squad | Link to Montage

 

Volunteers & Source Materials | Tình Nguyện Viên & Những Người Đóng Góp

Cô Cao Thị Tình | Cô Tâm Ngộ | EM Collective | Helen & Vincent McDowell | Kevin Phan | Khang Truong | LeTuy Films | VietVungVinh | Tyler Vu Photography | JN Photography

Organizing Committee | Ban Tổ Chức 

Amy VyHanh Nguyen | Candace My Nhung Le | Christine Pham | Huy Tran | Philip Nguyen | Nancy Le | Toan Nguyen | Tri Nguyen

  • This program was sponsored in part by the City of San Jose
  • Chương trình này được tài trợ bởi Thành Phố San Jose