"I marched for myself, whose right to what I do with my body is in danger.
I marched for my friends, whose right to love who they want is in danger.
I marched for my family, whose right to be considered an American is in danger."
The other day, my mom shared with me a story about a woman she had just met at the hospital where she was visiting a friend. This woman had recently had surgery, and was roommates with my mom's friend, both of whom are Vietnamese Boat People. I don't know where this woman is now, but her story made an indelible mark on my mother, and on me as well.
PYD is currently collaborating with Boat People SOS (BPSOS) Youth Coordinator, Trung Nguyen, and Vietnamese Studies Students at Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute of University of Wisconsin-Madison (SEASII) on a summer project to go through a large archive of letters written between the late 1970s and the mid-1990s by Vietnamese Boat Refugees seeking asylum and/or family unification after the Vietnam War.
April 30 is a day of mixed emotions for Vietnamese people and veterans of the Vietnam War. It is the day of the reunification of Vietnam but it is also the day the Americans and the South Vietnamese lost the war/their country, respectively. Sometimes it is called Black April because the lead-up to the end lasted throughout the month of April.
Last Days in Vietnam, an Academy Award-winning documentary by Rory Kennedy, depicts the events throughout that last stand of April 1975. The story is told from the point of views of various American naval and military men and South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. Starting with a brief synopsis of the situation in January 1973, the documentary then fast-forwards to April 1975 and the surrender of Saigon to North Vietnamese troops.
If you would like to volunteer your services, please contact us! We are looking for individuals with expertise or interest in the following fields, but we welcome anyone who wants to help make Project Yellow Dress as impactful as we dream it could be!
Also, as you may know, we are also in the process of developing and hopefully publishing a children's book about the Vietnamese Boat People experience. If you would like to help us with this particular project, we would love to meet you!
We are trying to raise enough money to cover some of our general costs for the next year. Since we created Project Yellow Dress (PYD) as private individuals, any money that is spent on the website, flyers, PR - all of it comes straight out of our own pockets. We hope that you are intrigued, inspired, and/or empowered by what we are trying to accomplish, and know that every single dollar you donate will go directly into PYD.