• SCREENING: A Village Called Versailles | Thursday, April 4, 5:30pm reception with light refreshments, 6pm movie begins
A Village Called Versailles (2010, 68 minutes) is an Emmy-nominated documentary about Versailles, an isolated community in eastern New Orleans that has been settled by Vietnamese “boat people” since the late 1970s. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Vietnamese American residents in Versailles impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before any other flooded neighborhood in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. A panel discussion will follow.
This event is part of the programming for the exhibit Uprooted and Invisible: Asian American Homelessness on display through August 18, 2013, and for the exhibit Vietnam in the Rearview Mirror. In partnership with the Vietnamese Friendship Association (www.vfaseattle.org).
Free. Because of limited seating, tickets are required. To request tickets, please visit www.vfaseattle.org/movienight | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre at The Wing
• PANEL PRESENTATIONS | Saturday, April 20 @ 1-2:30pm & 2:45-4:15pm
Two presentations for the Association of Asian American Studies Conference will be open to the public at The Wing.
Richard Aoki and His Legacy: A Community Conversation
This conversation will focus on the life and legacy of Asian American activist, Richard Aoki, renowned for his radicalism and leadership in the 1960s and known for his role as Field Marshall of the Black Panther Party. Chaired by Daryl Maeda, University of Colorado, roundtable participants will include Diane Fujino, University of California, Santa Barbara; Scott Kurashige, University of Michigan; and Michael Tagawa, Community Activist.
Seattle's Asian American Movement: Pan-Ethnicity, Afro-Asian Solidarities, and Labor Organizing, 1960s-70s
Local activists of the 1960s and 1970s will gather to discuss the development of the early pan-Asian American Movement in Seattle, and how it connected with the Black freedom movement, labor struggles, and gender issues. Chair: Tracy Lai, Seattle Central Community College; Discussant: Moon-Ho Jung, University of Washington. Panelist include Aaron Dixon, Mike Tagawa, Alan Sugiyama, Francisco Irigon, and Cindy Domingo.
Free. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference attendees have priority seating. | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre at The Wing
• BOOK READING: Yokohama Yankee: My Family’s Five Generations as Outsiders in Japan by Leslie Helm | Saturday, May 18 @ 4pm
Leslie Helm’s decision to adopt Japanese children launches him on a personal journey through his family’s 140 years in Japan, beginning with his German great grandfather, who worked as a military adviser in 1870 and defied custom to marry his Japanese mistress. The family’s poignant experiences of love and war help Helm learn to embrace his Japanese and American heritage. This is the first book to look at Japan across five generations with perspective that is both from the inside and through foreign eyes. Helm draws on his great grandfather’s unpublished memoir and a wealth of primary source material to bring his family history to life.
Free | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre at The Wing
• SCREENING: The Cats of Mirikitani | Saturday, June 15 @ 6:30pm
The Cats of Mirikitani (2009, 74 minutes). Eighty-year-old Jimmy Mirikitani survived the trauma of World War II internment camps, Hiroshima, and homelessness by creating art. But when 9/11 threatens his life on the New York city streets and a local filmmaker brings him to her home, the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy's painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of friendship and art, this documentary won the Audience Award at is premier in the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. The screening is in recognition of Jimmy Mirikitani's passing and occurs on what would have been his 93rd birthday.
This event is part of the programming for the exhibit Uprooted and Invisible: Asian American Homelessness on display through August 18, 2013.
Free, donations welcome! Limited seating, tickets required. | In the Tateuchi Story Theatre and the Community Hall at The Wing