Support the Viet Am fishers; plus AAAS Conference in NOLA

A year has passed since the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the BP claims process continues to delay restitution for Vietnamese American fisherpeople. MQVN CDC is once again leading the charge for justice. You can help by signing their petition for a fair and prompt resolution. To learn more, check out this The New York Times article, which features Tuan Nguyen, Deputy Director of MQVN CDC.

Another New Orleans organization featured in A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) is celebrating their 5th anniversary with a Heritage and Hope Gala on Saturday, May 21. Join them in paying tribute to those who have empowered and created positive social change for the Asian Pacific Islander American and New Orleans communities.

Finally, we have been invited to participate in the Association of Asian American Studies Conference in New Orleans this month:

NEW ORLEANS, LA

WHAT: Screening/Discussion at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference
WHEN: Thursday, 5/19 @ 4:30-6pm
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Room: Rhythms 2

Screening followed by panel discussion with Director Leo Chiang; Minh Thanh Nguyen, VAYLA;  Diem Nguyen, MQVN CDC; moderated by Linda Trinh Vo, UC Irvine.

WHAT: Asian American Filmmakers Panel at the Association of Asian American Studies Conference
WHEN: Friday, 5/20 @ 1-2:30pm
WHERE: Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130, Room: Nottoway

Filmmakers’ Roundtable: Art, Activism, and the Role of Asian American Documentaries in the 21st Century Marketplace. Chair: Larry Hashima, Cal State University-Long Beach; Panel includes Leo Chiang; Deann Borshay Liem, Katahdin Productions; Anita Chang, University of California-Santa Cruz; Russell Jeung, San Francisco State University; Valerie Soe, San Francisco State University.

Hope to see you all in NOLA.

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