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2022 EVENTS

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Dec 12, 2022

Food & Conversations

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Join us for a VBP holiday gathering!

In Vietnamese culture, food is at the core of family gatherings. It brings us together, connects us and provides a warm atmosphere in which conversations and stories begin. It is the ‘love language’ of our culture.

Come join us for an intimate dinner to learn more about Vietnamese Boat People and our mission to preserve the stories of the Vietnamese diaspora community. We will share details on how you can participate to share your family's stories through the VBP Journeys collective, the VBP Podcast and other programs.

Dec 1, 2022

The Vietnam Era:
An NJ Teachers Convention

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A private event hosted by the NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation for NJ educators and Vietnam War Veterans.

 

VBP Founder, Tracey Nguyen Mang delivers a presentation 'Vietnamese Boat People: A Narrative Beyond the War' to share the stories of the Vietnamese diaspora community following the Vietnam War. 

The Memorial and Museum is committed to sharing the experiences of the Vietnam War Era and its enduring legacy with future generations. The memorial and museum recognizes the valor of New Jersey’s Veterans and the sacrifices of their families and communities, and encourages learning by exploring the Vietnam War Era through inclusive and objective exhibitions.

Oct 4, 2022

Family Histories &
Emotional Truths

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Join us for a discussion on family histories and how three writers began a journey to search for emotional truths in the twists and turns of their family’s past as a way to heal and find closure to unspoken wounds.

Three Vietnamese-Americans turned to writing as a way to confront and reconcile with their history and upbringing, shares a conversation on self-discovery and writing your own stories. 

 

Featuring -- Alison Hong Nguyen Lihalakha, author of Salted Plums (August 2022); Christina Vo, author of The Veil Between Two Worlds (coming in 2023); Len Tran, author of Split Up By The Sea (coming in November 2022)

Sept 29, 2022

Make Us Visible

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Make Us Visible NJ -- AAPI Curriculum Advocacy 

Make Us Visible NJ is advocating for the thoughtful and comprehensive inclusion of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) studies into K-12 curriculum for New Jersey public schools. Vietnamese Boat People founder Tracey Nguyen Mang will join the panel alongside other community advocates and organizations passionate about AAPI education. 
 

This event is free and will be full of helpful insights and information. Be a part of the conversation. 

Sept 29, 8:00 PM ET - Please register in advance. 

Sept 17, 2022

Têt Trung Thu

Mid-Autumn Festival

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Hosted by VietKids DC, the Têt Trung Thu festival is back in-person this year!
 

Come and enjoy the cultural performances, food, games and more! Join VBP and many other local community groups as we gather again to celebrate mid-autumn with families and friends. 

Located at Kenmore Middle School, in Northern Virginia. Saturday, Sept 17, 2022 from 12-4pm. 

May 18, 2022

Revisiting the Fall of Saigon

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Hosted by Montclair Public Library:
In celebration of AAPI Heritage month, join us in exploring the stories and histories of Vietnamese refugees and their first-hand accounts of April 30, 1975 known as the Fall of Saigon; the ending of a 20 year civil war in Vietnam and the beginning of a mass refugee exodus to countries like America.

 

Presented by VBP Founder, Tracey Nguyen Mang with special guests from the podcast to share their lived experiences.

May 17, 2022

Examining the Impact of Public Humanities 

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Hosted by NJ Council for the Humanities, this event kicks off the 50th Anniversary of the council. Join us for a dialogue about the history of the Council and how its present and future work will continue to shape our state featuring five organizations. Vietnamese Boat People will be one of the five featured in this webinar, who represent the breadth and depth of NJCH's grantees. L

May 4, 2022

Mỹ Việt Story Slam

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Five Storytellers will get to showcase their work globally during this year's live Story Slam in May, PLUS they will each receive $300 and a swag bag full of goodies from VBP and our partners.

This year's theme is "Lost & Found", which is also the theme for season 5 of the Vietnamese Boat People Podcast. 

RSVP here for join the event via Zoom. 

April 28, 2022

Stories of the Vietnamese Diaspora

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Tracey Nguyen Mang, founder and chief storyteller of the Vietnamese Boat People podcast, will present stories of refugees who came to America as part of the Vietnamese diaspora in the wake of the Vietnam War. This is a virtual program that will take place on Zoom. Please register in advance to receive the link to join.

This event is hosted by CHELMSFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. 

April 10, 2022

The Art of Writing Our Own Stories

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Join VBP and NW Vietnamese Student Association, in a virtual storytelling workshop, designed to help you explore how to begin preserving your family’s history and shape them into short stories. This is a 3-part series that will explore traditional oral history and storytelling methods and ways in which you can begin the process. The interactive sessions will introduce simple practices and help you exercise those creative muscles that see ourselves as characters with unique experiences that can be shared through storytelling. 

March 3, 2022

Passage to Vietnam 

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Let Baruch VSA take you on a Passage to Vietnam. Come with us as we explore Vietnam’s rich culture and identity. 
 

The theme this year is "What We May Be" which focuses on allowing ourselves to dream, explore and create what inspires us despite the uncertainty of the future. The event will feature inspiring leaders within the Vietnamese and Asian-American community! VBP Founder Tracey Nguyen Mang will share her journey in starting the organization. 

Feb 23, 2022

LIVE Podcast Taping with Trung Le Nguyen

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We are excited to host Trung Le Nguyen, author and illustrator of 'The Magic Fish', published by Random House Graphic. Trung is a Vietnamese-American comic book artist and writer from Minnesota, born in a refugee camp somewhere in the Philippine province of Palawan. His first original graphic novel, The Magic Fish, won two Harvey Awards. The book is about Tiến, a young Vietnamese immigrant, and his parents, and the relationship they share through fairy-tale books used to learn English. 

Feb 22, 2022

2022 Lunar New Year Celebration 

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In honor of Lunar New Year, the US Securities Exchange Commission's AAPI Committee hosted a virtual event for employees, featuring cultural storytelling by Tracey Nguyen Mang, founder and chief storyteller of the Vietnamese Boat People podcast; Beatriz Aurelio-Saguin and Christy Innouvong-Thornton, co-founders of Tuk Tuk Box; and Ly Nguyen, creator of Cooking Off the Cuff. The panelists started with a brief history of the holiday, explaining that family and food are at the heart of cultural storytelling, and of Lunar New Year, too. Each panelists shared their own traditions and experiences in family gatherings, stories and recipes. 

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