Vang: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers - York, Neb.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Join us as we watch eight different recent immigrants’ journeys to the U.S to find solace and a livelihood in farming.

Vang: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers
Written by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander

This event is free and open to the public

March 10, 2017 at 3 p.m.

Best Western, 4619 S Lincoln Ave, York, Neb.

Discussion to immediately follow the performance at 4 p.m.

About the play: 

The public often thinks of farmers as white males of European ancestry living in isolated rural areas. And the public often thinks of immigrants as those who have slipped into the United States to take advantage of assistance programs. Vang challenges both of those stereotypes and opens discussion about how farming is done in the United States and how immigrants have become part of the larger agricultural picture. 

A Hmong family who fled Communist bullets and wild tigers through the jungle of Laos and across the Mekong River to the refugee camp in Thailand. A Sudanese man who was thrown into prison in Ethiopia for helping the Lost Boys and was left gasping for air through a crack under the door. A Mexican woman who taught herself English by looking up the meaning of the profane words that were hurled at her at her first job in a meat packing plant. A Dutch boy, dressed as a cowboy, who put the flag of the Netherlands through the paper shredder and declared, “I am an American.” These are some of the characters brought to life in Vang: A Drama about Recent Immigrant Farmers. 

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Learn more about Iowa's Poet Laureate Mary Swander here.

Read an interview with Mary Swander about a recent Vang performance.

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