The First Days Story Project and StoryCorps will be in Seattle from February 26 to 28 to collect, preserve, and celebrate the stories of Vietnamese American refugees and Vietnam veterans. The project, a collaboration between StoryCorps and the PBS television series American Experience, is part of the outreach and engagement initiative for the Academy Award nominated documentary Last Days in Vietnam. Members of the Vietnamese American community and Vietnam veterans with strong ties to the evacuation and post-war diaspora are invited to have a 40-minute, uninterrupted conversation with a loved one or friend in order to document the Vietnamese American refugee experience through the voices of those who lived it. Those conversations, which will be recorded by StoryCorps, will be shared on a multimedia website and archived in the Library of Congress in order to preserve this important part of our national history for generations to come. Some stories may be selected for StoryCorps’ weekly broadcast on NPR’s “Morning Edition.”
The First Days Story Project and StoryCorps recording sessions will take place February 26 to 28 at Wing Luke Museum (719 S King St, Seattle, WA 98184). To sign up to participate in the First Days Story Project, contact Tran Vu at [email protected] or (617) 300-5963 to schedule an appointment interview as soon as possible.
Last Days in Vietnam and the First Days Story Project is presented locally by KCTS 9The First Days Story Project is supported by several local partners including Helping Link/Một Dấu Nối, International Rescue Committee, Vietnamese Friendship Association and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.