April 30th, 2018 will mark the 43rd anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the event that heralded the end of the Vietnam War and the ensuing exodus of the Vietnamese people. The Vietnamese Student Union (VSU) at UCLA is deeply honored to put on our annual Black April Commemoration event to remember the loss of our country 43 years ago.
Location: UCLA Fowler Museum Terrace
Time: From 7:00 to 9:00pm
Date: Monday, April 30th, 2018
Attire: Black Business Casual
This event provides a platform for powerful storytelling that informs students and community members alike of the diverse experiences of those affected by the war. We will pay homage to our ancestors, educate students about the impact of the Vietnam War upon our elders, and recognize the enduring, residual effects upon our intersectional identity as Vietnamese youth today.
Black April Commemoration 2018 will focus on the relationship between identity and voice. Today, it is ever so important to develop pride in one’s culture and to advocate for one’s community in a time when resilience and resolve is demanded of people of color. We hope to impart the significance of knowing one’s history and owning & proudly sharing it with others. Thus, this commemoration seeks to be a memorable and enlightening event that empowers and unifies the Vietnamese community at UCLA and beyond.
Invite your friends and family and come join us for an evening filled with performances, guest speakers, shared narratives, and complementary food! This day of commemoration is not limited to the Vietnamese American community and we warmly welcome all members of the UCLA community. We are looking forward to seeing you all and hope that you will share this special night with us!
QUESTIONS? Reach out to program chairs, Amy Tran and Steven Duong, at firstname.lastname@example.org