Our Vietnamese Hearts

Our Vietnamese Hearts

The lyrics from this sentimental song come back to me once in a while, especially when I think of the Vietnamese Diaspora and its complicated relationship with its homeland. One bitter evening on April 30, 1976, in an auditorium in downtown San Francisco, my family and I sang it to mark our first anniversary in exile.

Nearly four decades have passed since then. If I were to sing it now, not that I remember the lyrics entirely, I would sing it with a tone full of irony. So removed from that emotional juncture, I wonder to what extent is the song’s declaration still true? Vietnam is accessible now to the Diaspora, but to what extent are we still here for her? Who, in fact, are we?

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“Queen of Katwe”, A Powerful Testament To The Strength Of The Human Spirit

Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from the streets of Kampala, Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess by soccer coach and former missionary Robert Katende, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

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David Oyelowo stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang

David Oyelowo stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang

In actor David Oyelowo’s words, it is time to tell stories about Africa that convey joy rather than the same old sadness and downtrodden rhetoric that is all too often used to depict the continent. Listen to David’s powerful message about the shift in message and his participation in this inspiring film, QUEEN OF KATWE, in which he stars as the transformational figure Robert Katende.

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Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival

Watts, CA. – The longest running jazz festival in the city, the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival was held on Sunday, September 25, 2016. The festival was held in conjunction with the 55th Anniversary of the Watts Towers Art Center.

The 35th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival and the 40th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival were presented by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and Friends of Watts Towers Art Center.

The Watts Towers Art Center is a cultural institution in Los Angeles and served as a beacon for the community. The venue continued to engage the entire community, residents, visitors and tourist with guided tours of the famous Watts Towers, children’s activities, arts and crafts, and delightful array of mouthwatering food throughout the weekend.

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Arabs for Hillary Hope to Rally Reluctant Community

Arab American Media, News Report, Samer Hijazi Photo: (L-R) Zade Alsawah, Nirmeen Fahmy and Zaineb Hussein. DEARBORN — It’s no secret that Arab and Muslim Americans have not rallied behind Hillary Clinton with the same enthusiasm as other presidential candidates. In fact, Arab Americans were credited with tilting the scales in Senator Bernie Sanders’ favor…

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Lupita Nyong’o On Frank Talk: Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere Red Carpet

Lupita Nyong’o On Frank Talk: Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere Red Carpet

In a red carpet interview for Queen Of Katwe Movie Premiere at El Capitan Movie Theatre, Hollywood, CA, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o stops by The Immigrant Magazine, Frank Talk with Pamela Anchang, and shares a message that resonates way beyond the boundaries of her East African heritage asserting the importance and relevance of this historic film by Walt Disney.

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