Little Saigon Stories

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Media Arts Center San Diego, in partnership with The AjA Project, The El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association and the Little Saigon San Diego Foundation.


Little Saigon Stories at Fair@44

Join us for the first installment of Little Saigon Stories, a
collection of stories through photography and film honoring
Vietnamese refugees and descendants living and working in
San Diego’s Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard.

JANUARY 18, 2019

4 PM – 8 PM

FAIR @ 44

4350 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92114

FEATURING

Food Vendors
Performances
Beer
Raffle Prizes
Storyteller’s booth

FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM

Little Saigon Stories opening event at Fair at 44

 


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THE AJA PROJECT’S WORKSHOP WEBPAGE, WITH INSTRUCTOR RIZZHEL JAVIER:

Little Saigon Stories photo by AjA Project Workshop


 Little Saigon Stories at New Lunar Year Tet Festival

San Diego Tet Festival Logo

Celebrate this new year with us in a festive environment with dragon and lion dances, firecrackers, games, food, and more!
FEB 1, 2, 3 – SDCCU (Qualcomm) Stadium

Adults: $6 Tickets
Children 12 and Under: $4 Tickets

Buy Tickets: Click Here

Three days ticket with carnival rides is $20.

Three Day Event Festival
SDCCU (Qualcomm) Stadium – 9449 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92108

Friday, Feb 1, 2019
Free parking, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Saturday, Feb 2, 2019
Free parking, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Sunday, Feb 3, 2019
Free parking, from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM

Tet Festival 2019_8-11


Little Saigon Stories Lecture Series

Vietnamese Creative Leaders Lecture Series image for Little Saigon Stories

The Vietnamese Creative Leaders of San Diego is a lecture series designed to increase the dialogue and visibility of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American artists, filmmakers and educators living in San Diego, CA.

Join us at The AjA Project on 2/8, 2/13 and 2/20 from 6-7:30PM and meet Vietnamese artists and educators who live or grew up in City Heights.

Bridge has partnered with Media Arts Center, The AjA Project and their project Little Saigon Stories to highlight Vietnamese creatives and discuss contemporary projects like the Little Saigon Stories exhibition currently up at Fair at 44.

PLACE
THE AJA PROJECT
4089 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

TIME
6-7:30 PM

DATES

LECTURE 1: PHOTOGRAPHY – Ann Le + Johnny Nguyen 
Friday, February 8, 2019

ANN LE, Photographer
Ann is inspired by the cultural contexts in her life, she correlates the artificial with remembrances of family drama. Sentiment is vital in her works as she questions her personal experiences to construct imposing art. She utilizes a variety of mediums including photography, collage, and illustration.

JOHNNY NGUYEN, Photographer
Johnny Nguyen’s photographic work stems from an interest in photojournalism and meshes this with fine art through the use of film and darkroom processes. Nguyen develops bodies of work and photo essays that promote a social dialogue in which diverse cultures in the United States and abroad are examined.

Light snacks and Vietnamese coffee will be served. Join us after the lecture to visit the Little Saigon Stories exhibition at Fair at 44, a project in partnership with Media Arts Center San Diego and The AjA Project to trains Vietnamese American youth to capture the stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard.

LECTURE 2: FILM – Quyen Nguyen-Le + Ryan Nguyen (Film Screening + Q/A)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

QUYEN NGUYEN-LE, Filmmaker
Quyên Nguyen-Le is a San Diego-based queer and gender non-conforming Vietnamese American filmmaker. Currently, Quyên is in production for two documentary projects with support from the Center for Asian American Media and Pacific Arts Movement.

RYAN NGUYEN, Filmmaker
Ryan Nguyen is a young San Diego native filmmaker, his a Reel Voices Alumni and has created work that revolves around his family and being a Vietnamese American. He plans to continue working on future projects that deal with social issues.

FILMS SCREENING: This collection of short films explore migration, intergenerational cultural memory, and the role of film & photographs in the Vietnamese diaspora. (running time 56 minutes)

For Here or To Go – by Ryan Nguyen **Filmmaker in attendance!
A Vietnamese family discusses working in their restaurant as a way of preserving their culture and how they cope with the passing of its founder, a loving husband and father of four children; by first-time filmmaker Ryan Nguyen as a part of REEL VOICES, a San Diego Summer Youth Documentary program with Pacific Arts Movement.

Every Grain of Rice – by Carol Nguyen
They say it takes three generations for a culture to assimilate. What comes next? A film by Montreal based filmmaker Carol Nguyen.

Nước (Water/Homeland) – by Quyên Nguyen-Le **Filmmaker in attendance!
An experimental short film about a genderqueer Vietnamese American teen who attempts to piece together and understand their mother’s experience as a Vietnam War refugee; by San Diego based filmmaker Quyên Nguyen-Le.

GAPS – by Peter Trinh
A deep look into the stigmas, cultural implications, and traditions that surround mental and neurological issues in the Asian community; by Seattle based filmmaker Peter Trinh.

Feuilles de Printemps | Spring Leaves by Stéphane Ly-Cuong
In France, an aging Vietnamese woman has lived alone since the passing of her husband, but when her new social worker arrives, her relationship to the outside world changes; by Paris based filmmaker Stéphane Ly-Cuong.

Bị Kẹt | Limbo – by Lan Hoang Nguyen
The story of Tung, refugee of the Vietnam War who now awaits deportation as a result of the challenges faced by refugees struggling to integrate into American society; by Los Angeles based filmmaker and community organizer Lan Hoang Nguyen.

Light snacks and Vietnamese coffee will be served. Join us after the lecture to visit the Little Saigon Stories exhibition at Fair at 44, a project in partnership with Media Arts Center San Diego and The AjA Project to trains Vietnamese American youth to capture the stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard.

LECTURE 3: EDUCATORS – Ly Nguyen + Joseph Haquang
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

LY NGUYEN, Scholar + Translator
Originally from Vietnam, Ly Thuy Nguyen is a queer academic, translator, and artist. Ly has an MA in Sociology from San Diego State University, and currently is a PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies department, at the University of California, San Diego. Her work ruminates on Vietnamese political subjectivities, historical memory, traveling subjects, critical pedagogy, transnational feminist historiography, and global queer futurity. Ly’s creative work focuses on identity, be-longing, and queer intimate woundedness. Her most recent English to Vietnamese translation work is You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else by Dao Strom, published by Ajar Press (2018).
https://www.spdbooks.org/Products/9781732046603/you-will-always-be-someone-from-somewhere-else.aspx

JOSEPH HAQUANG, Youth Leader / Photographer
Joseph Haquang is a photographer, med student, and youth leader from San Diego. As a Vietnamese youth leader and secretary of the Our Lady of The Sacred Heart Chapter in City Heights, he volunteers to serve the youth, build their faith, and publish a monthly newsletter for the chapter. Joseph is also part of the Little Saigon Stories project in collaboration with The AjA Project and Media Arts Center to share the experiences of the San Diego Vietnamese community and promote meaningful discourse about migration and refugees.

Light snacks and Vietnamese coffee will be served. Join us after the lecture to visit the Little Saigon Stories exhibition at Fair at 44, a project in partnership with Media Arts Center San Diego and The AjA Project to trains Vietnamese American youth to capture the stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard.

 

Thank you Julie from Dignity Memorial for your fiscal sponsorship.
Thank you Rizzhel Javier for your dedication to the community to make this series possible.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
http://www.building-bridges.org/vietnamese-creatives-of-sd

 


About Little Saigon Stories

The inaugural Little Saigon Mobile Museum is a community based arts program facilitated by Media Arts Center San Diego, in collaboration with the AjA Project, Little Saigon Foundation, and El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association. The Little Saigon Mobile Museum trains Vietnamese American youth to capture the stories of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants that make up San Diego’s designated Little Saigon District on El Cajon Boulevard. Such stories provide first-hand perspective on the process of migration, resettlement, and home-making amongst old and new residents who have chosen City Heights to call home.

The stories shared by inter-generational Vietnamese American community members of City Heights will culminate in a multimedia art project curated and created by students of the program and exhibited to the public. Starting in fall 2018, the exhibition will be held at a minimum of three locations in the Little Saigon District, the greater City Heights neighborhood, and at Little Saigon Foundation organized events. The stories will also be made available as an online digital archive.

The goal for the project is to foster community building, educate the public, and increase support for the cultural promotion of the Little Saigon District. Additionally, the Little Saigon Mobile Museum will act as a catalyst for cultural events, youth based programs, oral history gathering sessions, and other placemaking activities. The purpose of the project is to open up a dialogue about issues like refugee immigration, community development, and economic growth, and influence other arts and placemaking projects in the Little Saigon Cultural District.

The program is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and California Humanities with additional support from LISC San Diego and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.


Thông tin về Little Sài Gòn Stories

Little Saigon Mobile Museum (Triển Lãm Di Động Little Sài Gòn) là một dự án nghệ thuật cộng đồng được mở ra bởi Media Arts Center, AjA Project, cùng sự hỗ trợ bởi El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association (Hiệp Hội Cải Thiện Doanh Nghiệp El Cajon Boulevard). Chương trình này đào tạo thanh thiếu niên người Việt cách tìm hiểu và ghi lại qua nhiếp ảnh và phim những câu chuyện của cộng đồng người Việt – những người đã tạo thành nền móng của quận Little Saigon trực thuộc El Cajon Boulevard. Những câu chuyện ấy giúp cung cấp một góc nhìn trực diện vào tiến trình di tản, tái định cư, và kiến tạo cộng đồng của những người dân lâu năm và mới tới đã chọn khu City Heights làm nhà.

Những câu chuyện kể của cư dân người Việt ở khu City Heights sẽ trở thành một phần của chương trình nghệ thuật đa phương tiện của các học viên người Việt, được giám tuyển và triển lãm nơi công cộng. Bắt đầu từ mùa thu 2018, triển lãm sẽ diễn ra tại ít nhất ba địa điểm thuộc quận Little Saigon, rộng ra toàn khu vực City Heights và San Diego, cùng một số sự kiện được tổ chức bởi Little Saigon Foundation. Những hình ảnh và đoạn phim cũng sẽ được cập nhật và lưu trữ trên trang web.

Toàn bộ chương trình triển lãm mong muốn góp phần xây dựng và giáo dục cộng đồng, quảng bá văn hóa cho khu vực quận Little Saigon. Thêm vào đó, Little Saigon Mobile Museum sẽ đóng vai trò xúc tiến các sự kiện văn hóa, chương trình thanh niên, chương trình thu thập lịch sử truyền miệng, cùng với những hoạt động mang tính địa phương khác. Dự án này có khả năng mở ra cuộc đối thoại mới về các vấn đề như di cư, tị nạn, phát triển cộng đồng, phát triển kinh tế, cũng như tạo nền móng cho những dự án nghệ thuật và xây dựng cộng đồng khác trong khu vực quận văn hóa Little Saigon.

Chương trình nhận được sự hỗ trợ của Little Saigon Foundation, LISC San Diego, City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, và được tài trợ kinh tế bởi the National Endowment for the Arts and California Humanities.

 


Contact

Program Director: Natalia Valerdi-Rodgers – Media Arts Center San Diego
natalia@mediaartscenter.org

Partner: Christina Chomut – The AjA Project
ChristinaChomut@ajaproject.org

Parter: Beryl Foreman – El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association
beryl@theboulevard.org

Partner: Little Saigon San Diego Foundation

Designer & Instructor: Rizzhel Javier – The AjA Project
rizzhel@ajaproject.org