Vietnam: The Houston Connection

Houston Public Media presents three, half-hour documentaries that highlight different aspects of the immigrant and veteran experience. While centered around the Houston region, these stories illustrate universal truths about the effects of the war.

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The Vietnam War
A Film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 17 @ 7:00pm
Episodes 1-5: Sun-Th, Sept. 17-22 @ 7:00pm
Episodes 6-10: Sun-Th, Sept. 24-28 @ 7:00pm

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.

The first five episodes of the documentary will air nightly from Sunday, September 17, through Thursday, September 21, and the final five episodes will air nightly from Sunday, September 24, through Thursday, September 28.

Each episode will premiere at 8:00pm ET with a repeat broadcast immediately following the premiere (check local listings).

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A trailer for the film is also available here.

Saigon Stories

Premieres Monday, Sept. 18 @ 8:30pm
Encores: Monday, Sept. 18 @ 10:30pm, Tuesday, Sept. 19 @ 4:30am, and Thursday, Sept 21. @ 11:00pm

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:

Getting Here: Vietnamese Americans in Houston

Premieres Sunday, Sept. 24 @ 8:30pm
Encores: Sunday, Sept. 24 @ 10:30pm and Thursday, Sept. 28 @ 11:00pm

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.

Peace Meals

Premieres Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 8:30pm
Encores: Thursday, Sept. 21 @ 10:30pm, Friday, Sept. 22 @ 4:30am, Wednesday, Sept. 17 @ 11:00pm

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.

Live stream: Inprint Viet Thanh Nguyen reading

Nov. 13 @ 7:30pm

Inprint Houston is bringing author Viet Thanh Nguyen to Rice University’s Stude Hall. Watch a live stream of Nguyen’s reading on this page.

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