The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls


A Story of Food, Place, and Family

Culture & Identity  •  Fellowships

Library of Virginia

800 East Broad Street Richmond, Virginia 23219
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Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Kim O’Connell, an independent scholar from Arlington, for a talk on her research using her own story of mixed-race heritage—half-Caucasian, half-Vietnamese—to explore Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who came to Virginia in the wake of the Vietnam War.

Her work is for a forthcoming book that shares a title with this talk. Connecting food and culture, spring rolls are used as a symbol throughout O’Connell’s work to represent determination, heritage, and healing.

O’Connell’s project complements the Library of Virginia’s current exhibition, “New Virginians: 1619–2019 & Beyond,” a Legacy Project of the 2019 Commemoration American Evolution, presented by the Library of Virginia and Virginia Humanities.

For more information, contact [email protected] or 804.692.3726.

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