Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975

Date: 
Friday, April 6, 2012 - 6:00pm - Friday, June 1, 2012 - 8:00pm
Location: 
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Asian Arts Initiative presents the traveling exhibition, Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon: Vietnamese America Since 1975. This exhibit recounts a journey more than 30 years in the making. Images of overcrowded refugee camps across the Pacific Rim provide a visual starting point, conveying the profound sense of displacement experiences by war-weary people en route to the United States.

When the U.S. government opened its gates in 1975 to thousands of Vietnamese immigrants, they faced the idea of permanent resettlement with a mixture of survivors’ guilt and overwhelming relief. Exit Saigon tells the story of adapting to life in the United States where, amongst the struggle for equality and acceptance, Vietnamese Americans have maintained their linguistic, cultural, and religious traditions.

Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon is produced by the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Program and SITES, curated by Vu Hong Pham Ph.D. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Delaware Valley branch of Boat People SOS, a national Vietnamese non-profit organization with a 32-year track record of service, advocacy and community organizing.

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Gallery Hours Tuesday - Friday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and by special appointment

Admission to the gallery is free. To make an appointment or to schedule a group visit, please call (215) 557 - 0455.

Categories
Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Event Type: 
Community Events
Event Type: 
Grand Opening
Topic: 
History and Preservation
Topic: 
Visual Arts
Topic: 
Museum/Exhibition
Topic: 
Immigration/Refugees
Global Region: 
Vietnamese