Refugee Nation: Stories of Struggles Experienced by Laotian Immigrants
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The last date listed for Refugee Nation was Sunday October 17, 2010 / 7:30pm.
Based on the stories of Laotian Refugees in the U.S.
Written and Performed by Leilani Chan & Ova Saopeng_
Refugee Nation_ tells the stories of a community created by a U.S.-led secret war in Laos. Intricately connected to the Vietnam War, Laotian refugees struggle to create a future as their American descendants struggle to understand their past.
Since 2005, collaborators Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng have been collecting oral histories from family and community members across the country to create an interdisciplinary theater performance that explores a growing part of the Asian American diaspora that is yet to be included as part of the American experience. Through theatre and movement, they re-construct the stories of families trying to rebuild a community that has been spread like ashes across the U.S. and the world.
More than just a telling of Laotian American history, the two-person performance eloquently touches upon issues relating to the refugee experience, assimilation, the generation gap, and mental health using drama, film, music, and audience interaction, and personalizes these issues through a genuine Laotian American perspective. The result is a product that not only brings to light the hidden stories of Laotian Americans around the U.S., but one that unites people from all types of backgrounds, ethnicities, and histories by relaying the ideas of change, loss, struggle, healing, and the unrelenting strength of the human spirit.