MENNONITES AND INDOCHINESE REFUGEES: A 25 YEAR RETROSPECTIVE
A history conference examining the interaction between North American Mennonites and Indochinese refugees will take place on October 1 and 2, 2005. The conference is held following the 25th anniversary of the first coming of the so-called Vietnamese “Boat People” in 1979, a time when many American and Canadian Mennonites became directly involved in refugee sponsorship. Research papers are welcomed on one of the following four themes:
the historic, cultural and theological context which led Mennonites in Canada and the United States to take leading roles in refugee sponsorship programs;
the cross-cultural experience of both the refugees and the Mennonite hosts during the months of actual sponsorship and settlement;
the organizational response by Mennonite institutions to the coming of refugees in the last third of the 20th century;
the long term inter-racial relationships – direct and indirect – between North American Mennonites and newcomers from the southern hemisphere, specifically Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia.
The conference organizers also welcome submissions for storytelling by both hosts and refugees. The conference will be held at the University of Winnipeg on October 1 and 2, 2005. Send proposals via email or postal.
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9
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