VIRGINIA HUMANITIES RESEARCH FELLOW TALK
The Saving Grace of Spring Rolls: A Story of Food, Place, and Family
Join Virginia Humanities Research Fellow Kim O'Connell, an independent scholar from Arlington, 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. Her work is for a forthcoming book that shares a title with this talk. 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 & Beyond. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.692.3726.