Friends of Little Sàigòn and the Wing Luke Museum released a Request for Qualifications in July to identify a research team to examine, document, and bring the Vietnamese community together to create a Little Sàigòn cultural history project. This project is a community driven effort focusing on how the community started and grew, telling the stories that have yet to be told in the larger American society.
With this cultural history project, Friends of Little Sàigòn aims to retell the history of the neighborhood, acknowledge community leadership, and highlight important cultural assets of the Vietnamese community. This project is just the beginning of documenting our community history and creating a chance for future generations to learn and pass on our cultural heritage.
This initial phase of the project is funded by the Office of Economic Development’s Only in Seattle grant. Research is currently underway and we hope to host a community meeting in early 2020 to present the research and gather additional input. We’re so excited to welcome Cara & Becky!
Cara is currently a senior at Seattle University studying Economics and Sociology; they consider themselves a storyteller, weaving narratives of Asian American and Vietnamese American diaspora populations using data, multimedia, and a whole lot of heart.
Originally from San Diego, California, Becky is pursuing a masters in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Washington with an interest in researching indigenous Vietnamese religions.