My recent train trip into L.A. had me wandering through several small museums lining the Olvera Street Plaza, one housing a fantastic Dia de Los Muertos art gallery. Day of the Dead is generally known here as a Mexican celebration, so I was surprised to find a Vietnamese exhibit at the Pico House Gallery. Artist Trinh Mai‘s tribute to the Boat People of Vietnam, entitled Sacred Memories, was very personal, powerful and emotional. The tea bags – oh, they’re so sad.
I remember well the Vietnam War years, the tragic loss of life, the impact on both sides of the ocean, and the journey of the Boat People. Many thousands were settled in Southern California’s Orange County. The community is so well integrated it’s hard to imagine times before they arrived. Vietnamese Pho is one of my favorite soups. I generally end each workweek (TGIF) with Pho at my favorite local family-owned restaurant. The aroma can sooth like nothing else!
I photographed Trinh Mai’s exhibit along with the information cards so I could read the stories again. The cards are included in this photo gallery; each card precedes the work in reference. Click on pictures to view full size. ~SueBee (photos by SueBee)