|Photo Courtesy of Old Orange County Courthouse, OC Parks|
In the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana, white cotton sashes hang from the ceiling in files. There are Vietnamese faces printed on them in black. The lack of a breeze keeps them motionless and, as Long Beach-based Trinh Mai has named the installation, quiet.
The installation, part of an 8-month exhibition called "Vietnamese Focus" presented by OC Parks and UC Irvine's Vietnamese American Oral History Project (VAOHP), was inspired by letters written by Vietnamese families looking for missing loved ones during the Vietnam War. These letters were preserved in UC Irvine's Southeast Asian Archive, which Trinh Mai had been invited to use for this exhibition.More »