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TWU professor featured in encore presentation of Starting Over in America


DENTON — A Texas Woman’s University professor and his wife are featured prominently in Starting Over in America, an award-winning 1986 film scheduled for an encore presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25 on KERA channel 13.

Dr. Phap Dam, professor of teacher education at TWU in Denton, and his wife, Lily, were featured in the 1986 television documentary that examined the challenges refugees from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos encountered as they resettled in Dallas.

Twenty years later, KERA, the public television station for North Texas, revisited the families and individuals featured in the documentary to learn how their lives had changed. The Dams recently had returned to Vietnam for the first time since Communists forced them to flee their home more than 30 years before.

The film also features Ron Cowart, husband of TWU associate professor of teacher education Melissa Cowart. Mr. Cowart, a Dallas police officer at the time, started the East Dallas Police Storefront, the first of its kind in the nation.

For more information on the film, visit www.kera.org/startingover.


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Karen Garcia
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Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: kgarcia@twu.edu

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