The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls: A Story of Food, Place, and Family

When: Tue., May 7, 12-1 p.m. 2019

Join Virginia Humanities research fellow Kim O'Connell for a talk on her research using her own story of mixed-race heritage — half-Caucasian, half-Vietnamese — to explore Vietnamese immigrants and refugees who came to Virginia in the wake of the Vietnam War. Connecting food and culture, spring rolls are used as a symbol throughout O'Connell's work to represent determination, heritage and healing. She has already found federal publications on government policies and newspaper stories on refugees' experiences. This subject complements the library's current exhibition, "New Virginians: 1619–2019 and Beyond." For information, contact emma.ito@lva.virginia.gov or 692-3726.

Price: Free.