"A group of high school students whose families arrived as refugees and immigrants have become young historians and filmmakers. Their film, “The Young Mountaineers: An Untold Story of Montagnard Youth in Greensboro,” is their story, told from their perspective and through their unique voice.
People from tribes living in Vietnam’s highlands, more commonly known as Montagnards, came to the U.S. in at least four waves of settlement beginning in the mid-1980s. Today, with a community of around 9,000, Greensboro has one of the largest Montagnard populations anywhere in the world outside of Vietnam.
The teens’ stories are both compelling and unforgettable, and can be seen in a short film at the Greensboro Historical Museum during the first two weekends in March. Showings are scheduled for Saturdays, March 1 and March 8 at 10:30 and 11:30 am, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 pm. The film will also be shown Sundays, March 2 and March 9 at 2:30 and 3:30 pm. The project was made possible by a grant from the Smithsonian Affiliation and the Asian Pacific American Center programs, as part of a national Young Historians, Living Histories initiative.
In addition to the film, several textile art panels by local educator Betty Stratford will be on display. Entitled “Lie’s Story in Art,” they illustrate the experience of Lie Rlayang through three-dimensional needlework and fabric scenes. “What brought this about was a conversation with Lie about how hard it was for her in America,” Stratford recalls. “My first thought was doing this through art.” Part of a larger series, with captions by Lie and Stratford, the panels share Lie’s feelings about her life in Vietnam and Greensboro.
The Greensboro Historical Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliation Program and accredited by the American Association of Museums, is open daily except Mondays. There is no admission fee. For general visitor information, go towww.GreensboroHistory.org or call (336) 373-2043.For group tour information, call (336) 373-6831.
The Greensboro Historical Museum is a division of the City of Greensboro Public Library Department. The City works with the community to improve the quality of life for residents through inclusion, diversity, and trust. As the seventh largest employer in Greensboro, the City has a professional staff of 2,800 employees who maintain the values of honesty, integrity, stewardship, and respect. The City is governed by a council-manager form of government with a mayor and eight council members. For more information on the City, visitwww.greensboro-nc.gov or call 336-373-CITY (2489)."
Submitted by Greensboro Historical Museum