2016

Grant Recipients

Asian Americans

West Michigan Asian American Association

Newcomer Legacy: A Vietnamese-American Story

$23,375 • Grand Rapids

This video project weaves the stories of nine local Vietnamese refugees and their arrival in West Michigan, describing their experiences of overcoming poverty, persecution, and imprisonment in their native land. Their resettlement includes acclimating to the area and overcoming racial, cultural, and linguistic barriers. Their quiet, noble rise to success is a tribute to the ongoing immigrant experiment that is the American story.