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New Orleans Now: Rebuilding and Defending the Versailles Vietnamese Community

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Young Katrina refugee.  Source: huongduong.org

Young Katrina refugee. Source: huongduong.org

Along the East Bank of the Mississippi River, just outside of New Orleans in Saint Bernard Parish lies the community of Versailles. This is home to a largely unknown, but deeply-rooted, Vietnamese-American community. After Katrina, the area was virtually washed out. Now, nearly two years later, it’s a community on the mend.

On this edition, correspondent Ngoc Nguyen takes us to Versailles. As the community struggles to rebuild, they face yet another threat to their homes, history and way of life.

Featuring:

Mo Thi Nguyen and Nguyen Tho, Versailles residents; Christina Wadhwani, volunteer and student from George Washington University; Mary Tran, Executive Director, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation; Father Luke Nguyen Hung Dung, Pastor, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church; Susan Do, Deputy Director, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation and West Bank resident; Nguyen Thanh Minh, Chairman, Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans; Father Vien Nguyen,
Pastor/Reverend, Mary Queen of Vietnam Church; Nga, Versailles resident and
social worker.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio
Contributing Producer: Ngoc Nguyen
Mixing Engineer: Phillip Babich
Intern: Alexis McCrimmon
Voiceovers: Peter Ho, Kristy Chin and Angela Hickman

For more information:

Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVNCDC) – New Orleans, LA

Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association of New Orleans (VAYLA-NO) – New Orleans, LA

National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA) – Silver Spring, MD

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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