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2020 Virtual Vanport Mosaic Festival
May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
One event on May 16, 2020 at 6:00pm
One event on May 23, 2020 at 6:00pm
See two virtual performances, “See Her Strength,” written and performed on May 16 by Samson Syharath, and “Harvest,” by Dmae Roberts, performed on May 23 by Jane Vogel Mantiri, founder of Advance Gender Equity for the Arts. Also tune in for “When Belonging Is Conditional” with Dmae Roberts on May 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- May 16, 6-6:45 p.m. – “See Her Strength,” written and performed by Samson Syharath, follows a gay Laotian man who honors his refugee mother’s strength while worrying about her from far away amid a COVID-19 lockdown. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Coi Vu, director of IRCO’s Asian Family Center and Samson Syharath will lead a conversation about COIVID-19 racism. More at www.facebook.com/events/1220778784919956/
- May 23, 6 to 6:45 p.m. – “Harvest,” by Dmae Roberts, performed by Jane Vogel Mantiri, has been rewritten to address the return of exclusion and yellow peril fear amid COVID-19 pandemic fears. The piece details four generations of an Asian American reflects on family history with Oregon’s exclusion laws. The performance and panel discussion will be with Linda Tamura, professor emerita of Willamette University and author of “The Hood River Issei” and Dmae Roberts of MediaRites will lead a conversation. See more at www.facebook.com/events/852028475316086/
Also tune in for “When Belonging Is Conditional” with Dmae Roberts on May 5, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have seen a surge of hate crimes and assaults due to COVID-19 pandemic fears. There is a long history of racism against AAPIs, beginning in the nineteenth century with fear of the “yellow peril” that prompted a series of exclusion laws including the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act that barred Chinese immigrants. This legalized exclusion continued with the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Recently anti-AAPI racism has increased, with one hundred reported attacks directly stemming from the coronavirus crisis, fueled in large part by government leaders who reinforce xenophobia by using disparaging terms like “Chinese Virus.” All of this reminds Asian Americans that belonging is conditional. This conversation is led by and for Oregonians who identify as Asian American/Pacific Islander. There will be time to share personal experiences as well as supportive resources. Limited to 20 Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Register at www.tfaforms.com/4815172.