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.
The Vietnam War: September 2017
This ten-part documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be an “immersive 360-degree narrative.” It airs on PBS in September 2017.
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 30-minute program will help build bridges and also teach us a little about the nature of citizenship, assimilation, and what it means to be an American. Broadcasts locally in September in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary.
The Wall That Heals: October 26-29, 2017
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.
History of Vietnamese-Americans in Houston
In the early 1970’s there were fewer than 100 ethnic Vietnamese in Houston. Today, the Houston region is home to more Vietnamese Americans than any other place in America outside of California. After the Vietnam War, many Vietnamese refugees made their way to Houston and the gulf coast for the temperate climate and economic opportunity. Learn fascinating stories about the people who came to call Houston home and make an indelible mark on our community. Broadcasts locally in September in conjunction with the Ken Burns documentary.