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“We came to America not for material gain but for freedom.” — Vietnamese Buddhist nun

Boat people fleeing from VietnamImagine living amidst decades of devastating war. Do you stay and face your fate, or do you flee, perhaps never to see your home, your family, or your friends again? Ask the many Vietnamese Americans who have started their lives over in the United States.

Produced by the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Program and SITES, Exit Saigon, Enter Little Saigon recounts a journey more than 30 years in the making. Images of overcrowded refugee camps across the Pacific Rim provide a visual starting point, conveying the profound sense of displacement experienced by war-weary people en route to the United States. When the U.S. government opened its gates to thousands of Vietnamese in 1975, migrants faced the idea of permanent resettlement with a mixture of survivors’ guilt and overwhelming relief. Once here, equality and acceptance were not always guaranteed, but Vietnamese Americans have adapted to life in the United States while maintaining their linguistic, cultural, and religious traditions.

A celebration of cultural diversity, Exit Saigon explores civic and political issues as well as the intergenerational tensions experienced by families as they negotiate new lives in a new country.

The national tour of Exit Saigon has been made possible by Farmers Insurance.

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Exhibition Specifications

Contents 93 panels with text and photographs, 14 life-size contour cut-outs
Supplemental

Educational and promotional resources, 2 videos (venue provides equipment)

Participation Fee

$1,500 per 10-week booking period, plus outgoing shipping

Running Feet 150 running feet
Crates 7 (largest measures 37 x 88 x 54”)
Weight 3,200 pounds
Category History & Culture
Security Limited
Shipping Outgoing
SITES Contacts

Ed Liskey, 202.633.3142 (Scheduling)
Jeff Thompson, 202.633.3115 (Content)

Tour Through December 2010- tour fully booked
   
 
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Tour Itinerary

Opening Closing Host Institution Status
09/22/2007- 12/24/2007 California State University, Fullerton/Viet Art Center, Garden Grove, CA Booked
03/07/2008- 06/01/2008 San Jose City College, San Jose, CA Booked
08/20/2008- 11/30/2008 Houston Community College System, Houston, TX Booked
12/20/2008- 03/01/2009 Georgia Highlands College, Rome, GA Booked
03/21/2009- 05/31/2009 Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, UT Booked
06/20/2009- 08/30/2009 Eden Center, Falls Church, VA Booked
09/19/2009- 11/29/2009 West Plains Council on the Arts, West Plains, MO Booked
12/19/2009- 02/28/2010 State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines, IA Booked
03/20/2010- 05/30/2010 Grout Museum of History and Science, Waterloo, IA Booked
06/19/2010- 08/29/2010 Grout Museum of History and Science, Waterloo, IA Booked
       
Tour Extension      
09/18/2010 12/05/2010 Community Center Programs of Cornell/Downtown Ithaca Alliance, Ithaca, NY Booked
     
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