Vietnamese American Heritage Project Debut Exhibit on January 19th

The exhibit entitled “Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon” will open January 19, 2007 at the Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center, Concourse Gallery. This is the first Vietnamese American historical exhibit at the Smithsonian. The exhibit tells the story of the Vietnamese American experience in America, from the significant influx in 1975 to the present. By showcasing themes of challenges, contributions and change, the exhibit emphasizes the vibrant diversity of this ethnic community. The exhibit focuses on several core topics:

-The refugee exodus from Vietnam and entry into the United States
-Adaptation and adjustment of Vietnamese to American life
-Ethnic communities and identities that formed from these new immigrants, as well as their contributions to America

Hybrid creations that combine Vietnamese and American cultural elements, from fashion to food to film. They hope you’ll come and share the rich experience that has been Vietnamese America. The exhibit will be at the Concourse Gallery, Smithsonian D. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Washington, DC from January 19, 2007- March 31, 2007. It is expected that the traveling exhibition will commence later in 2007 and travel the country for 3 years. For information on how to bring the exhibit to your area, please click here.

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