I Am an American Live

Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
12625 SW Crescent St
Beaverton, OR 97005

7:00 PM, Friday, May 6, 2022

In observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we at The Immigrant Story invite you to join us on May 6 for “I Am an American Live.” This event is part of the programming by the Oregon Rises Above Hate coalition, with the aim of drawing attention to the historic xenophobia experienced by the Asian American community in Oregon and across the U.S. This history of systemic bias includes policies that have resulted in discrimination, incarceration, erasure and a recent increase in hate crimes.

“I Am an American” will kick off with original pan-Asian music composed for this occasion that combines sounds from Asia with Western harmonies. We have assembled eminent musicians from the Portland area who are trained in a variety of traditions. The performance will represent some of the many strands of Asian musical traditions and showcase what this community brings to America. The music is composed and arranged by Balamurali Balu, an Indian film music composer.

After a brief intermission, storytellers with roots from across Asia will present their lived experiences exploring what it means to belong in America, even when being partially erased and, at times, excluded. These powerful stories will inform us about an important aspect of our past as a state and as a nation and offer an opportunity for reflection on our collective history.

Join us for an evening of stories and music from Oregonians, about the places they built, the traditions they brought and what it has meant to truly belong in their hometown.

This free event is made possible by a generous contribution by Anne Naito-Campbell. Programming has been done with the support of the City of Beaverton and in part by a grant from the Oregon Heritage Commission and Oregon Parks and Recreation.

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