The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

The Fruits of Your Suffering: A Letter to My Refugee Mom

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le’s “Letter To My Refugee Mom” is what the title suggests it is – a straightforward, sincere, moving epistolary spoken by one generation toward the legacy of sorrow and struggles of an older generation. While the events (war, exodus, refugee life) that Le’s “letter” addresses have their roots in historic events of four decades past, the themes in this piece are no less relevant in today’s world – which we all know has its share of continuing war(s) and refugee crises. Le’s letter is a particular account, that will surely resonate on a collective level.

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Our Vietnamese Hearts

Our Vietnamese Hearts

The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco, my family and I sang it to mark our first anniversary in exile.

Nearly four decades have passed since then. If I were to sing it now, not that I remember the lyrics entirely, I would sing it with a tone full of irony. So removed from that emotional juncture, I wonder to what extent is the song’s declaration still true? Vietnam is accessible now to the Diaspora, but to what extent are we still here for her? Who, in fact, are we?

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“Queen of Katwe”, A Powerful Testament To The Strength Of The Human Spirit

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

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David Oyelowo stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang

David Oyelowo stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang

In actor David Oyelowo’s words, it is time to tell stories about Africa that convey joy rather than the same old sadness and downtrodden rhetoric that is all too often used to depict the continent. Listen to David’s powerful message about the shift in message and his participation in this inspiring film, QUEEN OF KATWE, in which he stars as the transformational figure Robert Katende.

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Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Watts, CA. – The longest running jazz festival in the city, the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival was held on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The festival was held in conjunction with the 55th Anniversary of the Watts Towers Art Center.

The 35th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival were presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Friends of Watts Towers Art Center.

The Watts Towers Art Center is a cultural institution in Los Angeles and served as a beacon for the community. The venue continued to engage the entire community, residents, visitors and tourist with guided tours of the famous Watts Towers, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and delightful array of mouthwatering food throughout the weekend.

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