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Many Bridges, One River: a Discussion for folks organizing around Portland Vietnamese communities

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
2788 SE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97266, US (map)



Event: Many Bridges, One River

To all folks who share a Vietnamese identity and API folks who support Viet community building! Intimate, frank discussion and call to action for folks organizing around Vietnamese communities in Portland.

5:30: Snack, meet and mingle 6:00-6:30: Welcome and Introductions 6:30-7:15: Thuan presents on "Many Bridges, One River" with Q&A 7:15-7:45: community discussion about themes folks represent 7:45-8:00 Next steps and wrap-up/mingle

We will be talking about these topics and more: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hlyE5b720n3DNj5pIZlz3RA9K7_17h1BKXnJ6HmmaPU/edit?usp=sharing

Book Bio: "Many Bridges, One River is the first published collection of interviews with organizers and activists who have been working in Vietnamese American communities throughout the United States, starting in the 1970s. Co-edited by Vy Nguyen and thuan nguyen, these interviews document the strategies and lessons learned in the fight for social justice and progressive social change by Vietnamese Americans. "

Thuan Nguyen is the youngest of eleven children. He and his immediate family came to the United States in 1975 as a result of the war in Viet Nam, resettling in Virginia, Oregon, and finally California. Both of his parents did community work for most of their lives, which is the foundation for his commitment to youth and community work. thuan has played different roles (as organizer, coordinator, facilitator, case worker, advocate, mentor, etc.) in various social justice efforts and organizations over the years, including youth organizing, education reform, affordable housing, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBTIQ justice, and multiracial coalition building. He has coordinated an Asian and Pacific Islander network in Oregon, a youth organizing network in the Los Angeles region and throughout California, and is currently involved in building progressive/radical organizing work in the Vietnamese community, including organizing regional and national gatherings, the Hai Ba Trung School for Organizing, common ground OC, and the VN Roots education and exposure program.

There will be books available for sale for 15$ by either cash or check. Paypal may be available.

Parking is available outside the building. There will be snack food served.