Media Alert: Release Event for Arlington History Booklet "Echoes
Published on September 14, 2016
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"Echoes of Little Saigon," a booklet documenting contributions of Vietnamese immigrants to Arlington[/caption]
The new full-color booklet, "Echoes of Little Saigon: Vietnamese Immigration and the Changing Face of Arlington
" — a collaboration led by the County's Cultural Affairs Division
working with the Historic Preservation Program
and Arlington Public Library's Center for Local History
— will be introduced at an annual traditional event for the Vietnamese community: the Trung Thu Festival
The richly illustrated booklet from Kim A. O'Connell, also downloadable for free
, documents and interprets the impact of Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian immigrants who concentrated around the faded pre-Metro commercial center of Clarendon after the 1975 fall of South Vietnam.
The publication was produced with a grant
from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
- History booklet release and special author presentation during annual Vietnamese Trung Thu Festival
- Author Kim A. O'Connell, historian/preservationist and daughter of a Vietnamese immigrant
- Cover artist Minh Uong, Vietnamese immigrant and a New York Times art director
- Former business owners from the Little Saigon community
- Sunday, Sept. 18, noon to 4 p.m.
- Thomas Jefferson Community Center Gym, 3501 2nd St. S.