Texts From My Parents: What It Was Like To Leave Vietnam

Today is the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30). This morning, my dad texted my mom and me. And so began my parents’ retelling of what happened that week in 1975 to their eldest daughter, who grew up loving pizza Hot Pockets more than anything in the entire world. They left Vietnam four days apart: my mom from the central region and my dad from what is now Ho Chi Minh City. My parents met three years later in an ESL summer school class at my mom’s high school. Lol. Iremember visiting the Vietnam War memorial in Washington, D.C., for the first time in 2011. It’s a

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9066. The People Who Lived It: Pat Morita

Known as Arnold on Happy Days, and mostly recognized as Mr. Miyagi in the original Karate Kid franchise, Pat Morita is one of 120,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during the Second World War. His total filmography is immense. He was a trailblazer for Asian Americans on television and in film. He speaks here about his experience behind barbed wire.

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Where Exactly is the Immigration Debate Going?

This year, Wing Luke Museum developed the exhibit Belonging: Before and After the Immigration Act of 1965 in its Seattle Chinatown-International District location. This exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, a bill that activated a sea change in the ethnic and cultural make-up of America. The subject seemed fitting, as the museum’s building was repurposed in 2008 from the Freeman hotel that once housed Chinese, Japanese and Filipino immigrants during the pre-World War II era.As we researched content for the exhibit, we wondered what stories existed beyond our purview, among people all around the nation. How do we document our own lives?(You can check out

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