2020 marks the 45th year anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, a significant date for the Southeast Asian diaspora of Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian refugees who fled their homelands from the conflicts. Resettled in America, they now call home the very country which helped destroy their own. This year, Asian Arts Initiative will host a special exhibit of Southeast Asian American artists curated by Catzie Vilayphonh.
For those refugees living here whose displacement is also the result of U.S. policies, America represents being “home” and “homeless.” “Thank You, No Thank You” is a statement reflecting the expectations of being a “good immigrant” and not “ungrateful refugee.
Among anticipated artists featured at the exhibit: Lanica Angpak. Natalie Bui, Leslie Condon, MyLoan Dinh, Aragna Ker, Chantala Kommanivanh, Jinny Ly, Nguyen Khoi Nguyen, Alex Nguyen-Vo, Sisavanh Phouthavong, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Barbara Tran, and Saymoukda Vongsay.⠀
Updates are expected soon.⠀
Asian Arts Initiative is designed as a mobility accessible facility, with access to all public floors and spaces, and seating accommodations for programmed events. Both non-gendered and individually isolating restrooms are available on each floor, all equipped with changing stations. If contacted in advance, we will make every attempt to fulfill requests for reasonable accommodations such as vision/hearing auxiliary aids and cognitive disability guides. Please note: Due to most events being attended by the general public, we cannot guarantee accommodations for those with fragrance sensitivities. AAI is a family-friendly multigenerational space.