• August 7 One Book, One Firm Celebration

One Book, One FirmPlease join us on August 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a special luncheon presentation in our One Book, One Firm program.  The luncheon will feature Alice Kennedy in a performance of three scenes from her play Inside the Model Minority.  In addition, the luncheon will feature a belated celebration of Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, with special food, presentations and activities.

The presentation will be broadcast over the Internet to participants in each of our offices, who will also get to enjoy the special food and activities.  It is not necessary to have read the One Book, One Firm selection to participate in this event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Alice KennedyMany of you will remember that Alice Kennedy was a panelist at our May 30 discussion of this year’s One Book, One Firm selection, Stealing Buddha’s Dinner.  Ms. Kennedy is the founder of Diversity Theatre in Grand Rapids.  Her family immigrated to the United States following the fall of Saigon.  She was recently profiled in The Grand Rapids Press.  (Click here to read the profile.) 

The scenes Ms. Kennedy will perform from Inside the Model Minority bring to life the issues some funny, some poignant faced by Asian immigrants to the United States.  Portraying a Korean child adopted by a white American family, Ms. Kennedy will take us along on a quest in search of her identity.  She will portray a young Chinese American male, whose family has been in this country since the mid-1800s, and who struggles with bigotry and the question of what it means to be American.  And as a recent immigrant from Asia, she will bring to life the challenge of learning a new language and new customs.  

Please mark your calendars today and RSVP to Robin Keith as soon as possible.  We need a solid estimate of participation by Monday, July 28 so all the arrangements can be made for this event.