Date(s) - January 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Stand Up Tragedy
Fireside Chat with Lâm Quãng
Retelling the stories of leaving a war torn country and living the “American Dream”
Jan 23 7pm at KALA
1017 Marine Drive, Astoria
KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST as one half of the extraordinary HiiH Lights, beloved craftsman and artist Lâm Quãng steps into new territory, that of storytelling. Thursday, January 23, 7pm at KALA, Lâm presents “A Stand Up Tragedy – Retelling the stories of leaving a war torn country and living the ‘American Dream’”.
Lâm Quãng was born in a small village outside of Pleiku and lived in Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, the last three to four years before leaving. It was 1975 and the last day of the war. Lâm was 15. He says, “I left with my mother and two younger brothers on the last plane to leave the airport before the chaos ensued. We left 4 other siblings behind to endure the aftermath of the Communist take over.”
The impetus for his story reflects the present; refugees fleeing their country looking for safety and security, looking for a better life.
“So many stories are not told. I want to tell my story and lay the ground work for others to tell their stories, hence Stand UP Tragedy, “ he says. “There are so many tragedy stories to be told, be it refugees fleeing their countries or farmers losing their land to development, others enduring sexual assault/harassment…
“What I am interested in is the healing aspect of story telling. We must tell stories with love, conviction and humor. Humor goes a long way to connect people.”
Join Lâm Quãng in A Stand Up Tragedy, Thursday, Jan 23. Doors open at 6:30pm. Storytelling at 7pm.
$8 at the door. Beer and wine available.
Presented with HIPFiSH at KALA performance space. 1017 Marine Drive in Astoria. 503.338.4878