Past Event

Trauma and Memory in Vietnamese America: Anti-Communism, Authoritarianism, and Anti-Asian Violence in a Divided Community

April 30, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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Online Webinar

Introduction by: Eugenia Lean, Professor of Chinese History; Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor of the History of American-East Asian Relations, Department of History, Columbia University

John Phan, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Lan Cao, Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law, Chapman University

Viet Thanh Nguyen, University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

Hoi Trinh, Human Rights Activist

On January 6, 2021, the former Republic of Vietnam (RVN) flag of the vanquished South Vietnam regime flew alongside the Confederate flag and other emblems of white supremacy on the steps of the Capitol. This panel, which includes Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, acclaimed human rights activist and lawyer Hoi Trinh, Law Professor and author Lan Cao, as well as Hang Nguyen and John Phan, will discuss the contested memory of the Vietnam War, the politics of the RVN flag in U.S. politics today, and the impact on US-SRV relations moving forward.

This event is organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and cosponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) at Columbia University.

Online via Zoom. Please register here.

Vietnamese Subtitles: Trauma and Memory in Vietnamese America

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Athina Fontenot