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Center for Refugee Poetics

  • Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA, 19107 United States (map)

Center for Refugee Poetics
A Critical Conversation organized by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Saturday, May 5, 12:30 – 6 p.m.


Come to the grand opening of a Center that doesn’t yet exist- a day of performances, workshops, film screenings, and more exploring the poetry and the refugee experience, with an initial focus on the Southeast Asian refugee diaspora.

12:30 p.m.
Opening Welcome

1:00 p.m.
Story hour

Refugee Poetry Biblio-a-thon
SAADA station (with First Days stories videos)
The Boat interactive web comic station
Quote station
Paper plant cutting station
CRSC station
NEA station
Temple University Press booth
SAADA First Days stories recording booth
Film screenings

1:30 p.m.
Reading group/poem discussion

2:00 p.m.
Performance showcase (featuring Ocean Vuong, Lan Duong, Cathy Linh Che, Monica Sok, and Catzie Vilayphonh)

3:00 p.m.
"Memory work" workshop with Monica Sok and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

3:30 p.m.
Poetry workshop with Sham-e-Ali Nayeem and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vong

4:00 p.m.
Youth storytelling workshop with Kao Kue

4:30 p.m.
Panel talk on refugee experience and the arts, with poet Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, poet Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, visual artist Boone Nguyen, and dancer/choreographer Ananya Chatterjea

5:00 p.m.
Closing conversation: What is the CfRP? with poet Ocean Vuong, scholar Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, and curator Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

5:30 p.m.
Disappearance of The Red Chador: A Eulogy by Anida Yoeu Ali

Earlier Event: May 5
Activist Songbook