April 4, 2011
Written by Jaryn Jones
Texas Tech's Vietnam Center and Archive and Texas Tech Libraries will sponsor the third annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Film Festival April 6-13. This year's festival will feature the following four films:
3:15 p.m. April 6 and 7 p.m. April 12
This film depicts a Marine Corps Base in Southern California that becomes home to thousands of Vietnamese refugees after the Fall of Saigon.
7 p.m. April 6 and 3:15 p.m. April 7
This film tells the story of the rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband through four different perspectives. Its director, Akira Kurosawa, was named "Asian of the Century" by AsianWeek magazine and CNN in the arts, literature and culture category after his death in 1998.
7 p.m. April 7 and 3:15 p.m. April 13
"The Toll of the Sea" is a silent film based on the plot of "Madame Butterfly" but set in Hong Kong.
3:15 p.m. April 12 and 7 p.m. April 13
This documentary follows the life story of Kim Phuc, known to most as "the girl in the picture." Kim was photographed after being severely burned after a napalm strike on her village and is now an iconic symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam War.
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.
In 2017, the archive was renamed the Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive to honor U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a former prisoner of war who worked as an advocate for troops and veterans following his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force.
The mission of the Archive of Modern American Warfare is to encourage, promote, support and enhance the long term study and preservation of all aspects of America's diplomatic and military experiences and involvements on a global scale, beginning in 1975 and continuing to the present. Through this, the Archive strives to help researchers develop a better understanding of America’s modern military experiences.