Submitter: Julia H.
This is a letter addressed to my aunt, who was one of the first people on my mom's side to escape Vietnam, from her brother (my uncle), who had written to let the family already in America know that he had safely made it to Songkhla Refugee Camp in Thailand. Note that he also included the boat number and date of arrival on the front of the envelope.
Artist: Julia H.
I created this art project for a grad school class where the assignment was to discuss our personal identity. I wanted to show the complex trajectories that form the Vietnamese/Southeast Asian diaspora, and I used personal photos to share my own family's experience within this larger framework.
Artist: Tammy T.
Medium: Water color and Ink on a 11in x 15in paper
I created this painting when J.H and I were working on a flyer to start our Children Book Project (for the Vietnamese Boat Refugees). It is an honor to be able to work on a project with J.H that hits very close to home. I dedicate this painting to my family and the people who also had to endure this journey.
Artist: Julia Huynh
Julia Huynh is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist working primarily in photography. She is a graduate from the joint Art and Art History program between the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. Huynh recently completed a self-directed residency in the rural south of Viet Nam, researching her family history to explore her own cultural identity and its diaspora.
Her past works have explored a loss that can occur from migration. In a video, Me & Ba, her parents retell their story of fleeing Viet Nam in the 1980’s in their native tongue, Vietnamese. It is then translated into Huynh’s first language, English. There is a loss from this literal translation of language as well as a loss between geography having grown up in Canada and between her own and her parents’ generation.
Artist: Rebecca Hang
Rebecca Hang was born and raised in Virginia. She is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University as a freshman. She is majoring in health, physical education and exercise science with a focus on health science.
Video Description: This video is a comparison between the memoir "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson and Rebecca's dad's immigration story. The story from "Just Mercy" is a true story about a 14 year old boy who murdered his mother's abusive boyfriend. Rebecca compares her dad's journey to America to the emotional journey the main character in "Just Mercy" takes, arguing that both experiences connect through the theme of loss of innocence.
Submitter: Julia H.
My mom showed me this picture today, a polaroid that was taken 36 years ago in 1980. In this photo, my mom, three of her siblings, and a nephew stand in the Lam Sing Refugee Camp in Thailand. They had fled Vietnam on May 1, 1980, and after an arduous journey, made it safely to Thailand on May 28, 1980. After a week in a village, they were moved to Lam Sing, where they stayed until they were able to leave for the United States on September 15, 1980. The photo was taken for registration purposes, and the plaque number, LS04240, represents my mom's group.
Submitter: Chung T.
Lam Thuy Vo is a multi-platform storyteller and interdisciplinary journalist currently working as a senior reporter at BuzzFeed. Previously, she's worked for The Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America and NPR's Planet Money. A multi-hyphenate by choice, Vo works as a designer-coder-videographer-photographer-writer and tells stories about technology and society, economics, and social issues. In her spare time, you can find her making data visualizations with emotional data or producing 'artsy' videos. Follow her on Twitter at @lamthuyvo