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Finding My Mother, Finding Myself: Kim and Huong O'Connell

Local writer Kim O'Connell discusses her unique family history as the daughter of an American serviceman father and a Vietnamese mother. After coming to the United States in the 1970s, Kim's mother, Huong, was intent on becoming Americanized and raising her children as Americans. As an adult, Kim has felt a pull to connect with her Vietnamese heritage, but that connection has been elusive.

Finding My Mother, Finding Myself: Kim and Huong O'Connell

4m 12s

  • The Cost of Unaffordability: asset-original

    The Cost of Unaffordability

    6m 3s

    Carmen Romero of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing discusses the worsening housing crisis in the Washington Metropolitan area: the causes of runaway housing costs, who is most affected by them, and what happens to our area when a large swath of D.C.-area residents can no longer afford a roof over their head.

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    The Legacy of Dance

    3m 7s

    How does dance survive as an art form? As Susan Shields puts it, "In today's technology, you could always throw on the DVD and learn the dance.... But the soul of a piece? That has to be passed down." For Shields and George Mason University dancer Lauren Stucko, the process of passing down the role of "Pink Girl" in Lar Lubovitch's A Brahms Symphony has been a powerful experience.

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    Life's Second Chances

    3m 32s

    George Jones III joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and volunteered to be a combat medic in Vietnam. After returning from his tour, he became disillusioned with his treatment at home and re-enlisted. A few years later, he developed cancer but he credits luck for his recovery. Today, his work as a wood turner reminds him of the many second chances he’s received throughout his life.

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