Posted on: October 13, 2022 Posted by: diasporadigital Comments: 0

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Herb Alpert School of Music will bring together filmmakers, scholars and musicians to explore Vietnamese film and music at its upcoming symposium.

The event, taking place on October 21 and 22 2022, would focus on music in trans Vietnamese film.

Hear + Việt + Film will bring a multiplicity of perspectives to bridge transnational as well as transdisciplinary perspectives on this global medium”, the school’s website said.

Director of the school’s the Center for Musical Humanities, Ray Knapp also noted that Vietnamese film is “rich filmography and deserving of both artistic and scholarly attention.”

On October 21, the symposium will kick off with a virtual panel made up of popular Youtubers to discuss a wide range of perspectives, from native Vietnamese to transplants in an international context.

On Saturday October 22, various panels will look into the use of sound, music and texture of Vietnamese film.

Metro Los Angeles is home to the largest Vietnamese refugee community in the world; with approximately 189,000 refugees resettling in “Little Saigon” in Orange County between 1975 and 1997. Their stories and music were the subject of the documentary Songs of Little Saigon, which was screened at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music earlier this year as a kick-off event for the upcoming symposium.

The resilience of the Vietnamese community has long been a subject for artists of every stripe.

The Vietnamese diaspora was one of the great migrations of the twentieth century. War raged in Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s, and the destructive conflict forced nearly 1.6 million people from their homes. As with all refugee crises, resettlement was traumatic, most Vietnamese decamped for nearby countries, but some relocated across the globe.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Register and find the event schedule and paper abstracts HERE.

Source: UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Edited by: Theresa R. Fianko

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