First Stop Springfield!

AAC will be featuring Western Massachusetts as the first stop of a community listening series with the co-sponsorship of an oral history project culminating event and luncheon to take place this Saturday, December 1st from 9AM to Noon at the UMass Center at Springfield located at 1500 Main Street, in downtown Springfield.

Vira Douangmany Cage, an Amherst resident and AAC’s vice chair remarked, ”The AAC is thrilled to choose Western Mass to be the first stop of our community listening series. We invite elected officials, service providers including health and human services agencies to attend along with us a special program planned and facilitated by University of Massachusetts Amherst Five College Professor of Histo

ry Richard Chu who has worked closely with the Bhutanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Cambodian communities of Western Massachusetts.” She continued, “The AAC is a proud to be among the co-sponsors of Saturday’s event where Professor Chu’s History 253H students will present their oral history projects documenting the experiences of members of the Bhutanese, Filipino, Vietnamese and Cambodian communities who are also gathering their families and friends for the occasion.”

According to Professor Chu, the History course he offers is fortunate to have the support of the UMass History Department; Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program; Commonwealth College, the UMass Center and UMass Design Center at Springfield. Professor Chu states, “This oral history project is a collaborative project between UMass and the Asian American communities of Western Massachusetts. It hopes to preserve the voices and the histories of this underserved Asian American communities who have gone through trauma, genocide, war, economic dislocations, and isolation but are striving to carve out meaningful lives for themselves and their families in their new home here in the United States.”

Discounted parking is available in the Tower Square Garage when validated at the UMass Center. This event is free and open to the public and is wheelchair accessible.