Vietnam: The Houston Connection

THE VIETNAM WAR, a groundbreaking documentary series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on PBS in September. Houston Public Media will tie into that film series with a complementary set of community engagements and local productions that will highlight Houston’s stories of the conflict and how it has changed both our lives and our city. Check back here often as new events and productions are featured.

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Lily in Vietnam

The Vietnam War: September 2017

Beginning Sept 17

This ten-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be an “immersive 360-degree narrative.”   The series will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on September 17, 2017, and concurrent with the broadcast premiere, the first five episodes of the series will be available for streaming on all station-branded PBS platforms. In addition, Houston Public Media members with Passport will have access to the entire series beginning September 17.  
Learn more about the 2 week event:
A trailer for the film is also available here

Getting Here: Vietnamese Americans in Houston

30 minute broadcast. 
Premieres Sunday Sept 24 at 8:30PM

In the early 1970’s there were fewer than 100 ethnic Vietnamese in Houston. Today, the region is home to more Vietnamese Americans than any other place in America outside of California. This program will highlight the fascinating and often harrowing stories of several Vietnamese families as they escaped Vietnam and came to call Houston home.

Saigon Stories

30 minute broadcast.
Premieres Sunday Sept 17 at 8:30PM

Like many other Vietnamese Americans of her generation, news reporter Lily Jang’s family immigrated to the US at the end of the Vietnam War, eventually making their way to Houston. Join Lily as she journeys back to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) to check out the vibrant youth culture of the city where she was born and discovers surprising Vietnamese/Houston cultural connections in fashion, food and more. This program is also supported by a 5-part video blog called ‘Lily in Vietnam’ that was produced in Vietnam while Lily and crew were shooting the program earlier this year:

Peace Meals

30 minute broadcast. 
Premieres Thursday Sept 21 at 8:30PM

The concept is simple: bring together a Vietnam Vet and a Vietnamese refugee who immigrated to the US after the war for a simple meal, and see where the conversation leads. Then do the same with their grandchildren. We hope this program will help build bridges between Veterans and immigrants – who have sometimes had trouble connecting – and shed light on the nature of citizenship, assimilation, and what it means to be an American.

Town Hall: The Vietnam War

1 hour live broadcast.
Friday September 29 at 7:30PM

This live broadcast follows the last episode of documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR. The Town Hall will feature Veterans, Vietnamese immigrants, experts on America at the time of the war as well as veteran and refugee organizations. The program will be interactive, with a live studio audience, phone-ins and live tweets. The greater Houston area is home to more than 300,000 veterans and more than 200,000 Vietnamese Americans, and we intend for this program and the digital elements around it to becomes the place for our entire community to engage after the shared experience of watching the documentary series.

The Wall That Heals

October 26-29

A half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. will be travelling to Houston. Veterans and family who have been unable to visit The Wall in D.C. may do so here in Houston, enabling the healing process which often begins with an experience at The Wall.