The Center is dedicated to serve as a gathering place for the community to engage in educational opportunities and enhance understanding and enjoyment of life through the creation and presentation of the arts. Join us for community conversations surrounding MISS SAIGON
, the story of a young Vietnamese woman who meets and falls in love with an American G.I. just before the fall of Saigon in 1975.
“We are grateful for our community partners who worked with us to develop thoughtful and meaningful opportunities for dialogue,” said Amy Gosz, director of programming and community engagement. “These conversations are meant to engage our community members who have an interest in learning more about the culture and time period surrounding this show.”
will be performing at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center Feb. 18-23, 2020.
Asian Refugee & Immigrant Stories with Miss Saigon
Monday, February 17, Doors open at 5 p.m., Event from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Kimberly-Clark Theater, 400 W. College Avenue, Appleton
Join us for a community conversation with two visiting cast members from Miss Saigon
as they recount their family experiences as children of Vietnamese refugees and immigrants. Their captivating personal narratives will offer insight into the world and point in history when Miss Saigon
takes place. This event is free and open to the public.
Soldiers’ Perspectives on the Vietnam War
Wednesday, February 19, 4-5 p.m. “Fly Until You Die” book presentation, 5-6:30 p.m. panel discussion with veterans
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
In a discussion led by Dr. Chia Youyee Vang, you’re invited to learn more about soldiers’perspectives of the Vietnam War. As author of “Fly Until You Die”, an oral history of the Hmong pilots in the Vietnam War, Dr. Vang will discuss the multiple perspectives she has heard through her research and talk with diverse local veterans about their similar and different experiences from this point in history, represented throughout the production of Miss Saigon
. This event is free and open to the public.
Asian Identity, Culture and Gender Dynamics
Saturday, February 22, 10-11 a.m.
Long Cheng Market, 1800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton
Led by a panel of community members, this discussion is about the Asian community, their struggles, successes and challenging stereotypes throughout Northeast Wisconsin and beyond. Inspired by Miss Saigon
, join moderator Dr. Pam Her for a thoughtful examination comparing and contrasting personal experiences to the show’s themes. This event is free and open to the public.
These activities are part of our Community First Community Engagement Series. Learn more about them here