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Vietnam in Washington

Friday, Sept. 22 & 29 at 8:30pm on TV 26 and WETA HD

Created as a companion piece to the documentary series The Vietnam War, these programs will examine the Vietnam War's political and cultural impact on Greater Washington. Featuring a moderated panel of scholars, veterans, and civilians, Vietnam in Washington will offer unique perspectives on how the war shaped the life and cultural landscape of the region. 

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Vietnam in Washington, Part 1

Host Paul Berry is joined by local residents for a discussion of the Vietnam War’s impact on the greater Washington community. Guests include Charles Ray, former Ambassador and retired Army officer who served two tours of duty in Vietnam; Bill Goodfellow, anti-war protester and founder of the Center for International Policy; Germaine Swanson, a restauranteur originally from South Vietnam who married an American journalist and settled in Washington in 1971; and Robin Smith, a journalist and filmmaker whose father was shot down over Vietnam while flying a reconnaissance mission in 1969. 

Vietnam in Washington, Part 2

Host Paul Berry is joined by local residents for a discussion of how Vietnamese immigrants helped shaped the greater Washington community. Guests include Thuy Dinh, lawyer and writer who grew up in Vietnam; Kim O’Connell, journalist and daughter of an American soldier and his Vietnamese wife; Quang Le, owner of Huong Binh Deli who fled Vietnam in 1977 as one of thousands of boat people; and Nicholas Lepham, organizer of VietFest, an annual Vietnamese heritage festival run by the National Organization for Vietnamese Leadership.

Related Resources

Echoes of Little Saigon booklet
Echoes of Little Saigon Booklet

Download Echoes of Little Saigon: Vietnamese Immigration and the Changing Face of Arlington, a booklet by Kim A. O'Connell documenting the contributions of the Vietnamese immigrants to Arlington.

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Echoes of Little Saigon website screengrab
Echoes of Little Saigon Website

Master’s degree students from Virginia Tech’s Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (National Capital Region) collaborated with the Arlington Public Library to collect the stories of the Vietnamese community who immigrated to, shopped at or owned businesses in Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood when it was known as “Little Saigon” during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Visit Echoes of Little Saigon website →