For children of immigrants living in the United States, reclaiming their family’s culture can be a long-awaited discovery. Such was the case for Kim Chinh, who didn’t see her father’s homeland of Vietnam until she was an adult.
Born to a Caucasian mother and a Vietnamese father, Chinh rejected her Vietnam roots for most of her life. She was coping with a sense of shame due to being “different.”
Chinh brought her one-woman stage performance, “Reclaiming Vietnam,” to SJC Brooklyn on Feb. 27. The show explores both the search for identity and the confrontation of a painful personal past.
A story that resonated with the audience in Tuohy Hall — comprised of SJC students, community members and high schoolers — “Reclaiming Vietnam” was followed by a Q&A session. Chinh returns to campus on Monday, March 6, at Common Hour for another in-depth discussion with students.
“Reclaiming Vietnam” has been performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the NYC New Works Festival and the NY Fringe Festival. To learn more about Kim Chinh, visit kimbchinh.com.