Water Lullabies is an exhibition and community exploration that mines multi-faceted narratives, some counter, some slant, about the Vietnamese Diaspora in Toronto. This project examines the complex stories of migration and its intergenerational impact on family relationships – specifically, stories we are afraid to forget. It is a space to foster continuous generosity, a space for community celebration and mourning, a space for conversation on how the Vietnamese Diaspora contributes to the larger stories of migration of the global stage.
Lời Ru Của Nước là một triển lãm, và một cuộc khám phá của cộng đồng, để đào sâu những lời kể đa chiều, những góc nhìn nghiêng, có khi đối lập, về người Việt xa xứ ở Toronto. Dự án này tìm hiểu những câu chuyện phức tạp về sự di cư và ảnh hưởng của nó đến các mối quan hệ gia đình giữa nhiều thế hệ — đặc biệt là, những câu chuyện mà chúng ta không muốn lãng quên. Lời Ru Của Nước cũng là một nơi để phát triển sự nhân ái tiếp diễn, một nơi để cộng đồng có thể cùng nhau chia sẻ niềm vui và tiếc thương, một nơi để ta đối thoại về cách mà câu chuyện xa xứ của người Việt đóng góp cho những câu chuyện di cư lớn hơn, trên toàn cầu.
Artworks by: Celine Do, Andrew Tran, Connie Le, Manny Trinh, Phuong Nguyen.
Vince Ha, Curator
Vince Ha is a writer-director who captures fragmentary moments and uses them to challenge issues of race, class, gender, and representation. He holds an MFA in Documentary Media. His work has been presented locally at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Gardiner Museum, Buddies in Bad Times, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and Hot Docs Rogers Cinema, and internationally in China, Germany, Japan, Thailand, United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.
Tuoi Hac Ontario (Golden Age Village for the Elderly), Project Lead
The Golden Age Village for the Elderly is a charitable organization registered with the CRA in 2014, holds as our mandate to provide the aging Vietnamese-Canadian population with the first elder care facility in Ontario, a facility that will be managed and served by the local Vietnamese community. We have been receiving great support from all three levels of Canadian government, along with the 150,000 Vietnamese residents in the Greater Toronto and across Ontario.
Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto (VWAT)
Founded in 1982, The Vietnamese Women’s Association of Toronto (VWAT) -operating as VWAT Family Services- has been playing an important role in helping integration of refugees and immigrant families into the Canadian society. In the past 37 years, VWAT has continued to evolve, develop, and sustain a multi-cultural centre for newcomers, family, youth and seniors. We are aware of the diverse cultural profile in our Canadian society and have a mandate to address the needs of newcomers of all cultural and social backgrounds with the goals of not only aiding in the integration but also creating a sense of belonging.
United Vietnamese Students’ Association
UVSA Ontario is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 to celebrate Vietnamese culture, encourage philanthropy, cultivate leadership, and promote unity among the Vietnamese Students’ Associations (VSAs) in Ontario. We strive to achieve these goals by creating opportunities for students and youth to make connections, build networks, collaborate on projects, and give back to our community. We are also a part of the Union of North America Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA), a non-profit, community-based organization that encompasses and supports all VSAs throughout Canada and the United States.
Ao Dai Canada
A Toronto-based non-profit organization that focuses on empowering individuals to be uniquely strong and beautiful, while raising funds to support less fortunate populations in Vietnam’s remote villages, children at-risk in third world countries and raising awareness against human tracking. Maintaining a non-political and non-profit agenda, we aim to provide cultural and charitable opportunities for youth involvement. Ao Dai Canada’s intent is to share the Vietnamese culture and traditions with the public, in an inclusive manner.
In partnership with:
45 Years of Vietnamese Diaspora
30 Apr 2020
18 Wellington St. W.
April 17, 7-9pm
April 18 & 25
PERSONAL NARRATIVES FROM VIETNAMESE-CANADIANS
April 18, 1-3pm
WHERE DOES THE WATER FLOW?: A DISCUSSION ON “Việt Kiều” IDENTITY (PANEL DISCUSSION)
April 18, 3-5pm
FROM MONKEY BRIDGE TO COCONUT BRIDGE (PANEL DISCUSSION):
April 25, 7-10PM
DOAN CAI LUONG THUY DUONG: A NIGHT OF VIETNAMESE OPERA
FILM SCREENING W/ REEL ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL:
April 30, 7pm – 9 pm
– This venue is wheelchair accessible.
– If you require any additional assistance, or require additional accommodation(s), please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accommodate.
– In case of any changes or cancellation we will notify you via email well in advance.
– Video and photography will be taken at this event.