Regional inequity in Orange County is well documented, but why and how did we get here?
For example, can we truly understand inequity in housing and property ownership without knowing the historical context of redlining, restrictive covenants, and the original theft of land from the Tongva and Acjachemen peoples? Can we fully grasp education inequity without examining the historical context of school segregation right here in Orange County as well as the systematic efforts to overturn policies meant to remedy past discrimination? And what is the lived experience of this region’s diverse communities in relation to inequities such as these and the varied forms of oppression that created them?
Building upon its own Equity Strategic Plan and the recent report Beyond Equity: Seeking Liberation, Autonomy and Justice in Orange County, Orange County Grantmakers is excited to announce a learning series on the historical and cultural context for inequity in our region as well as the need for systemic change to address its root causes. Launching in March 2023, these in-person sessions will uplift the experiences of specific communities, cultural groups, and indigenous peoples, and will provide an opportunity for funders, government agencies, service providers, and other stakeholders to learn together and develop concrete action steps for addressing inequity.
Beyond Equity Learning Series
March Session: Beyond Debt and Gratitude: Vietnamese Migration and Settlement in Orange County
Since the Cold War era, over 1.8 million refugees from Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam have entered the United States and remade their lives through and against conditions of war and displacement. Orange County, CA is home to the largest population of resettled Vietnamese refugees. Although Vietnamese Americans have lived in the U.S. for almost 50 years, it was not until this recent decade that the stories told about our experiences were written by Vietnamese people. Join us as we explore how Vietnamese communities have been shaped by competing forces and how the framework of joint struggle can be used to build solidarity and advance social, racial, and economic justice.
Thuy Vo Dang
Vincent P. Tran
Learning series on the historical and cultural context for inequity in Orange County. Each 2-hour session will include:
8:00 to 10:00 AM on the 4th Thursday of the month from March to August 2023:
Click through each event date to register through Eventbrite!
Lawrence de Graaf Center for Oral and Public History
California State University, Fullerton