Public unveiling of a newly-published, full-color booklet documenting the history and significance of the arrival of Vietnamese immigrants to Arlington County following the fall of Saigon in 1975.
The Little Saigon commercial center in Clarendon became a thriving commercial hub for newly-arrived refugees from South Vietnam, and Arlington’s response opened doors for future waves of immigration by other ethnic groups, establishing the city’s reputation as a welcoming and diverse community.
During the first half of this year’s Mid-Autumn Festival (Trung Thu), author Kim A. O’Connell will provide an overview and slideshow, and people who contributed to oral histories for the booklet will also be present to discuss the history of the Clarendon community. Copies of the publication will be available at the event or you can download a PDF.
The booklet was funded in part by a grant from Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.