What needed to be preserved was not the memory of war, but the memory of resilience.
For me, it was also letting me be able to give my personal touch, as a Vietnamese American, who desperately wanted to see a hero like this for my kids.
Amy Lam -
A tragedy is at the the center of Tim Tsai's documentary about a small coastal Texan town. It's a tragedy of a life lost, a divided community, and of how some Vietnamese refugees were never able to make a home in Seadrift, Texas.
Wherever new wave was playing was a safe space. They knew they could congregate with other young Vietnamese, and momentarily escape pressures from home, their past trauma, and just be whatever version of themselves they wanted to be.