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Cà Phê Ấm: "Seadrift" Documentary Screening

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Los Angeles Tennis Center Straus Clubhouse

555 Westwood Plaza

Los Angeles, CA 90095

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“Seadrift” reflects upon racism against new Vietnamese-American communities after a refugee shot and killed a white fisherman in 1979.

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The Vietnamese Student Union, co-hosted by the Asian American Studies Center and Bruin Film Society, is proud to host the award-winning documentary in our Cà Phê Ấm: "Seadrift" Documentary Screening, directed by director Tim Tsai and Dr. Thao Ha from Mira Costa College. This night will highlight Vietnamese culture and tradition, displaying some of the hardships that many Vietnamese immigrants have faced when coming to the United States.

Cà Phê Ấm: “Seadrift” Documentary Screening will be held on Thursday 02/27/2020 from 7:00-9:00pm at the the LATC Straus Clubhouse. Our program, which we hope to co-host with the Asian American Studies Center, centers the issue of Vietnamese refugee assimilation in the mid-70’s, focusing on the dispute in a fishing territory between a white Americans and Vietnamese refugees, examining the complexities of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, racism and discrimination against Asian-Americans, and lack of government aid in assimilating such communities. The documentary also makes an important connection to today’s political climate, as the current administration too seeks to distance itself from aiding new refugees and immigrants that allow for white supremacy and discrimination against immigrant groups of color to persist. Through this event, we hope to give the larger UCLA community a background into the racism faced by newly arrived Vietnamese refugees assimilating into America in order to solve the current problems are communities face as a whole.

This night will be one of knowledge, passion, and empathy. Join us at Cà Phê Ấm where we will be learning more about a particular refugee community in Seadrift, Texas. After the screening, we will also be having a Q&A session with Dr. Thao Ha and Tim Tsai to discuss these issues in our community. Please RSVP below for a night of learning!

Date: Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Time: 7:00-8:00pm Film Screening | 8:00-8:40pm Directory Q&A + Audience Discussion | 8:40-9:30pm Reception

Location: Los Angeles Tennis Center (LATC) Strauss Clubhouse

Parking: Please park at Parking Lot 8, Level 4. Visitors may park in designated pay station parking areas. Once parked, go to the nearest parking pay station to purchase duration of parking time needed. Pay using exact cash amount or with a credit card.

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On August 3, 1979, Vietnamese refugee San Van Nguyen fatally shot Billy Joe Aplin in a fishing dispute. Aplin’s death sparked rage within the city of Seadrift, which culminated into the recently arrived Vietnamese refugee community to flee the city to escape the burning of their homes and boats by white supremacists and town residents. A few years after the event, the Ku Klux Klan deepened this fear by marching in memory of Aplin’s death to other Vietnamese-American communities, hoping to drive them out. This film intersects racism, white supremacy, assimilation, and identity together to bring together the experience of newly arrived Vietnamese refugees.

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