Inlandia Institute and the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California Present:
An Evening with Hong-My Basrai, author of Behind the Red Curtain, A Memoir
Thursday, March 23
Riverside, CA – Inlandia Institute and the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California are pleased to announce a very special evening with Hong-My Basrai, author of Behind the Red Curtain, A Memoir. Please join us at the Bank of America Diversity Center at the Civil Rights Institute at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 23, to hear Hong-My’s story of living in fallen Saigon under communism, and how she and her family survived following the end of the Vietnam War.
Books will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served.
The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
The Bank of America Diversity Center at the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California is located at 3933 Mission Inn Ave., Ste. 102, in downtown Riverside.
Born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam, Hong-My Basrai (née Lê Thị) is fluent in Vietnamese and French. From a very young age, Hong-My has demonstrated a propensity for literature and love of languages. Transplanted at age twenty-two to Southern California, she picked up English and improvised upon the borrowed language to make it her own. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree and some degrees of self-taught English.
Hong-My is the author of Behind the Red Curtain (Los Nietos Press, 2020), a memoir about her seven years living inside fallen Saigon under communism. Her writings can be found at Eastlit Literary Journal, 2011 Writing from Inlandia Anthology, East Jasmine Review, Invisible Memoirs “Lionhearted.” She is a member of the Writers’ Club of Whittier, and an Executive Board Member of the Inlandia Institutes of the Arts, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to recognize, support, and expand literary activity in the Inland Empire. She also serves on the Board of The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization to engage and empower Vietnamese American for a just and diverse America.
This activity is supported in part by the City of Riverside and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.
The Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California is the marquee component of a 92,000 square foot project that will also provide 72 units of urban workforce housing and a new home for the offices of the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County. The Institute provides public programming focusing on civil rights and the region’s civil rights history, offers exhibits and performances that support civil rights activities, creates a digital archive of regional civil rights materials, conducts oral history projects, and recognizes the region’s civil rights leaders and their impacts.
Inlandia Institute is a regionally focused literary and cultural arts nonprofit and publishing house whose mission is to promote literary activity in all its forms throughout Inland Southern California and to celebrate the region in word, image, and sound. During the pandemic, Inlandia launched Inlandia at Home, a virtual events series. For more event listings or to learn more about Inlandia, visit http://inlandiainstitute.org.