Kim Chinh will perform her one-woman piece “Reclaiming Vietnam” for Montgomery County Community College’s annual Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship on Peace and Social Justice.
The free performance is open to the community and will be held on Monday, March 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Parkhouse Hall Atrium at the College’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. The performance also will be simulcast to MCCC’s South Hall Community Room at West Campus, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. Reserve your free ticket online or call 215-641-6518.
“Reclaiming Vietnam” was written by Kim Chinh and directed by Elizabeth Browning. The piece runs 60 minutes, with a talkback discussion following the performance.
Growing up in a bi-racial home with a white mother and a Vietnamese father, Chinh spent years wishing away her fathers’ less-than-desirable immigrant status, skin color and the painful family secrets she inherited. Determined to face her demons, she joins a volunteer organization in Vietnam. As she begins to discover the beauty of her roots, she confronts the trauma of her past and puts its secrets behind her forever.
“Reclaiming Vietnam” has been hailed by NY Theatre Guide as “the perfect piece to travel across the country, including schools, as it can validate personal quests for self-realization…that so many people share.”
Chinh has performed “Reclaiming Vietnam” internationally for several years. She has mounted productions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015, the New York City Fringe Festival in 2016 and the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2017.
This presentation is part of the ongoing Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice series, which was established at the College in 1981. The lectureship reflects the ideals of Richard Bennett, a Quaker who devoted his life work to accomplishing peace and justice through non-violent efforts.