"A Love Letter" focuses on the narratives of 2nd generation Southeast Asians who bring their families' stories to life through Project Yellow Dress's storytelling platform.
PYD states, "Growing up, many of us didn't see ourselves and our communities in history textbooks, because even if there was a Vietnam War unit, the focus was only on Vietnam and the impact of the war on American soldiers. Many people to this day do not know about the critical moments in Southeast Asian diaspora histoy, including the Secret War, the Cambodian Genocide, Vietnamese Boat People, the Refugee Act, and so much more. They also do not know that our history extends beyond 1975, and that we are still here today."
A Journey from the Fall (film)
Born from tragedy – reflecting on Vietnam's Black April, Terry Nguyen
Genocide in Cambodia, Holocaust Musuem Houston
Secret War in Laos, Legacies of War
The Best We Could Do, Thi Bui
The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Our Vietnam War Never Ended, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Vietnamerica: A Family's Journey, GB Tran
Vietnamese Boat People (podcast)
Vietnam War Propaganda Posters from the Vietnamese, Dogma Collection
What I Wish My Teachers Knew About My Southeast Asian American Experience, Project Yellow Dress (video)
As a class, look up the definition of "refugee" as stated by United Nations. Discuss the following questions: What does it mean to be a refugee? What is there to gain? What do you leave behind? What about the United Nations definition surprise or does not surprise you?
Check out 3-4 pieces of art from Project Yellow Dress. What are some common themes you find in each picture? What emotions come from each artist? What does this say about this time period or generation?
Many of these stories are from children of refugees, meaning their parents were the ones who fled from war.
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