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Poor Yella Rednecks

Oct 10 - Nov 26, 2023

Poor Yella Rednecks

Presented by The Manhattan Theatre Club - Poor Yella Rednecks is written by playwright and screenwriter Qui Nguyen, following a Vietnamese family's attempts to put down roots in Arkansas, a place as different from home as it gets. This play is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Vietgone, with its comic book and action movie influences that melds a deeply personal story with the playwright’s trademark, killer humor. We are offering a limited number of discounted tickets at $35 - use promo code "VBPPYR". Show Opens Oct 10-Nov.

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Sept 12, 2023

OPEN HOUSE:
Our Journeys 

Join us online for an open house to celebrate the soft launch of Our Journeys v2.0.


The Vietnamese Boat People Journeys map was created to encourage intergenerational dialogue within families and communities, to share stories and histories, and to have a space to contribute photos, artifacts and legacies. This is a FREE community-driven digital platform to showcase family stories. Everyone has a story to share. And we are inviting you and your family to share yours! Come learn more, ask questions and get started!

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July 28, 2023

The Accidental Getaway Driver

VBP is a proud Community Partner of the 46th Asian American International Film Festival 

Join us for the NY premiere of this film. Taking inspiration from a true story, the film is set in OC, California and centers on an elderly Vietnamese American man during a routine pickup who is taken hostage at gunpoint by three men who escaped prison. The film explores themes/topics on system-impacted people and incarceration, Asian masculinity, intergenerational trauma and loneliness. 

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June 25, 2023

Film Screening: 
Mother, Métis, Memory

VBP presents a Film Screening, Director's Q&A

After the beginning of the end of the French Empire, hundreds of Vietnamese women and their children migrated to West Africa with Senegalese husbands, some voluntarily but others against their will. This powerful film captures interviews conducted in 2018 with the Senegalese-Vietnamese communities in Dakar and Malika Senegal.

Featuring filmmaker and artist Tuấn Andrew Nguyễn. Event is co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

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May 30, 2023

Journey of Hope

Tracey Nguyen Mang, will share her inspiration for starting the project and discuss the power of storytelling to connect us across cultures and generations. Through the podcast, Tracey has discovered that family stories can be both empowering and healing. 

The Storytelling Podcast Week series is brought to you by Podbean. We are a podcast publishing and monetization service, hosting over 600,000 podcasts. 

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May 20, 2023

Food & Conversations at 
Nhà Mình (our house)

Nhà Mình Restaurant 
915 Wyckoff Avenue Queens, NY 11385

AAPI Heritage month community celebration, raffle prizes, Vietnamese food and specialty cocktails available for purchase and diaspora stories to share.

If you are a vendor or artist and want to get involved contact Fred at Nhà Mình nhaminhllc@gmail.com

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Join us online for the 4th annual Story Slam event to showcase Viet stories on a live virtual platform.

 

We will be celebrating the uniquenesses of the Vietnamese community and its diaspora stories and experiences from five storytellers chosen from a worldwide open call.

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April 29, 2023

48th Anniversary of the
Fall of Saigon

The Vietnamese American Community of South New Jersey invites all to a gathering to honor our Việt history and heritage.

April 30 is annually known in our community as Black April, and is a day to reflect upon the fall of Saigon and of South Vietnam.

This is a free public event and all community members are welcome to join.

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April 6, 2023

Dust Child Book Launch
Food & Conversations

We are excited to welcome back Việt Nam based internationally bestselling author of The Mountains Sing, Dr. Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai for the launch of her second novel, Dust Child.

 

Dust Child is a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets and the overriding power of forgiveness, set during the war and in present-day Việt Nam.

 

An intimate event to chat with the author, enjoy food by Chef Helen Nguyễn of Saigon Social and a gift bag with goodies from Vietnamese women- owned businesses!

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April 5, 2023

Dust Child Moderated Talk

Asian American Writers’ Workshop presents a celebration of best-selling author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai’s latest novel, DUST CHILD, a convergence of lineage and memory borne from decisions made in time of war. Chanel Miller says, “In DUST CHILD, rupture leads to emotional richness and pain creates the pathways worth walking.” Quế Mai will be joined in conversation by Vanessa Chan.

This event is in partnership with Vietnamese Boat People Podcast and Yu and Me Books and hosted by the incredible New Design High School.

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March 25, 2023

NWVSA Leadership Summit

"A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words" 

 

Ever wanted to explore your own family’s history and stories but never knew where to begin? We will explore storytelling methods such as journal and essay writing, conversation cards and family photo collages. This workshop will focus on critical elements, like journaling as a way to begin writing your story, using photos to spark a memory and how to build on that to create your own story canvas about your family's history. In this interactive workshop Tracey and Alison share with participants techniques on using photos to generate ideas for short essays and stories. 

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March 18, 2023

Community Recording Day

Come preserve your family's story and legacy! Whether you want your story to be part of the next season of the VBP podcast (future Season 7: “Then & Now") or you just want to contribute your story to the VBP global collective, this is an opportunity to share your story. You'll receive a copy of your recording to keep for your family for generations to come!

 

There is no cost to record but space is limited, so you must RSVP in advance. 

 

Thank you so much to our supporters Asian Women Giving Circle and P&T Knitwear for making this sessions possible. 

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February 22, 2023

Season 6: Live Interview with Lisa Phu

Join us in a virtual event to Kick-Off season 6 of the podcast! 

Join VBP host Tracey Nguyen Mang for an up-close and personal interview with Alaska-based journalist Lisa Phu, creator of Before Me, a limited series chronicling her mother’s journey from Cambodia to Vietnam to America over the course of decades.

In November 2022, Lisa Phu and Self Evident podcast, launched a limited series Before Me. The story unfolds between Lisa and her mother Lan as the two care for Lisa's first born daughter — and for the first time, Lan feels ready to share her own experiences fully with Lisa, on tape.

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January 28, 2023

Lunar New Year Celebration

Kick off the 2023 Lunar New Year with a day of festivities at the Montclair Art Museum. 

Hosted by AAPI Montclair, co-presented with Vietnamese Boat People and other local organizations. 

 

Lunar New Year is a time of hope where family, friends, and neighbors come together to rejoice in new beginnings as we look ahead to a peaceful and prosperous year. Cheer on lion dancers and enjoy live performances from local artists and students from our local schools. March in the dragon parade or try your hand at one of our family friendly crafts. Sample a variety of scrumptious eats and browse specialty merchandise from local vendors. Your ticket also gives you full access to the beautiful galleries inside the Montclair Art Museum. 

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January 8, 2023

Lunar New Year Fair

The NJ Vietnamese American Community Association (NJVACA) is pleased to announce a Lunar New Year Fair with the theme “Past and Present”. Visit the VBP booth to start preserving your family's story and learn more about our program and services. 

Held at the Royal Albert’s Palace

1050 King Georges Post Rd

Fords, NJ 08863

Tet Fair is organized with the main purpose of preserving and maintaining Vietnamese culture at the same time providing opportunities for all compatriots in New Jersey and neighboring areas to have a chance to meet and celebrate the beautiful tradition of our Vietnamese culture. 

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