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Into the World of Southeast Asian Refugees

Follow a group of refugees as they journey from Asia to the TL and beyond in Who I Became (2013), a documentary film that follows Pounloeu Chea, a Cambodian youth who grew up in the TL during the 1980s; Refugee (2003), a glimpse into the life of a young man as he leaves the Tenderloin to reunite with his father in Cambodia; My Journey Home(2004), a PBS film that accompanies Bay Area journalist (and former Tenderloin Times contributor) Andrew Lam back to Vietnam in the early aughts. A panel discussion will follow the screenings.



This event is part of Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977-94, an exploration of the Tenderloin’s past as seen through two decades of reporting by the trailblazing neighborhood newspaper, The Tenderloin Times. Created in collaboration with community historian and former Times Editor Sara Colm, this exhibition will showcase a number of the publication’s rare archival images, articles, and political cartoons documenting our vibrant community during the pivotal years of 1977-1994.

The Tenderloin Times had its start in August 1977 when three homeless men mimeographed 150 copies of the first edition from the basement of Hospitality House. Over the next 17 years, The Times grew into an award-winning newspaper with a circulation of 15,000 that was published in four languages – English, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian. As the nation’s first four-language newspaper, it was recognized in 1991 by the Smithsonian Institution for its groundbreaking use of desktop publishing technology (thanks to a donation from Apple computers) to produce the polyglot paper.

Exhibition Run: November 2nd, 2017 - March 30th, 2018