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Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive is sponsoring the 5th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival April 25-May 3.

Written by Karin Slyker

Texas Tech’s Vietnam Center and Archive is sponsoring the 5th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival April 25-May 3.

This year’s festival features the following four films:

 

“New Year Baby” – 6 p.m. April 25
New Year Baby

Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium of the Museum of Texas Tech University

The award-winning 2006 documentary by Socheata Poeuv chronicles her visit to Cambodia upon learning an astounding family secret. It is during her journey that she first learns of her parents’ courage, heroism and family’s strength to survive.

This presentation will continue with a lecture at 7:30 p.m. featuring Poeuv, as part of the Vietnam Center and Archive Guest Lecture Series.

“The Beautiful Country” – 6 p.m. April 30
The Beautiful Country

Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

This 2004 film tells the story of Binh (Damien Nguyen), an AmeriAsian born to a Vietnamese mother and U.S. soldier father, and the extreme prejudice and great hardship he endured due to his heritage. A family tragedy causes Binh to flee Vietnam, and come to America in search of the father he has never met. The film also stars Nick Nolte, Tim Roth and Bai Ling.

“Hideko the Bus Conductress” – 6 p.m. May 1
Hideko the Bus Conductress

Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Based on the short story Okomasan by Masuji Ibuse, this short 1941 Japanese film is comedic and jovial. It features a beautiful young lady working as a conductress for a bus company in Kofu, Yamanashi. She has an idea that could avert the dwindling number of passengers, by offering tour guide commentary to the sights along their rural route. Unfortunately, her greedy and shady boss has other plans.

“A Story of Floating Weeds” – 6 p.m. May 3
A Story of Floating Weeds

Formby Room, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

In this 1934 Japanese film, a kabuki actor’s ex-mistress hatches a plot to take revenge on her former lover’s son. It is a dramatic tale of deceit, jealousy and family secrets.

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Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.

Founded in 1989, the Texas Tech Vietnam Center and Archive houses the largest collection of materials related to the Vietnam conflict outside of the U.S. National Archives.

Its mission is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

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