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This hour-long documentary chronicles the Vietnamese community following Hurricane Katrina, following the struggle of a community trying to protect its home from legislation. Additionally, Father Vien, who was directly involved with the politics and community, will talk about his experiences and how lessons learned can be applied to any issue affecting underrepresented groups.
The theme for the month is Roots. A progressive series of events, the month builds upon itself, starting with cultural roots, moving towards the development of Asian Americans in history, and arriving at goals and ideas to empower the community. This theme also alludes to the first time that the Asian American community organized itself for a common goal. Forty years before Hawaii earned its statehood, immigrants from China, Japan, Korea and the Phillipines joined together as a working class for fair wages and humane treatment on sugar cane plantations. With the same spirit, we are coming together on a united front to create programming that will educate participants inside and outside the Asian community about our roots, our collective family histories and what it means to be Asian American.