Series
WTTW Journal
Episode Number
104
Episode
Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home
Producing Organization
WTTW
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip/526-cn6xw48w4p
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Description
Episode Description
"After years of bureaucratic wrangling, Lam Ton, a Vietnamese [refugee] who settled and found success in Chicago, was given permission to return to Vietnam. He went back, accompanied by a WTTW camera crew, and traveled throughout his homeland, observing and commenting on the changes his native land has gone through in the years since he left."'Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home' is both the story of a country that has been recovering, almost invisible to the rest of the world, from almost forty years of war, and the story of one man's reunion with his past. "Showing viewers what contemporary Vietnam looks like is a difficult and worthwhile endeavor, but showing viewers many aspects of life there, as 'A Chicagoan Goes Home' did is extraordinary. To add to that the story of Lam Ton's return brings a personal touch to the program. Lam's comments and thoughts give viewers an insight into the country they would not get elsewhere. "In addition to focusing attention on Vietnam, the program also brought the city's Vietnamese community to Chicagoan's attention. That occurred when other Vietnamese refugees in the city began to accuse Ton of being a turncoat. The events of that fight made people in Chicago aware of the large number of Vietnamese expatriates in Chicago and their virulent hatred for the conquerors of their homeland. "'Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home' enlightened viewers by showing them a 'new' land and a 'new' world in their own backyard."--1989 Peabody Awards entry form.
Episode Description
This item is part of the Vietnamese Americans section of the AAPI special collection.
Broadcast Date
1989-00-00
Media type
Moving Image
Credits
Producing Organization: WTTW
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: 89188dct-arch (Peabody Archive Object ID)
Format: U-matic
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Citations
Chicago: “WTTW Journal; 104; Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home,” 1989-00-00, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed September 29, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-cn6xw48w4p.
MLA: “WTTW Journal; 104; Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home.” 1989-00-00. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. September 29, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-cn6xw48w4p>.
APA: WTTW Journal; 104; Vietnam: A Chicagoan Goes Home. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-526-cn6xw48w4p