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Bringing together Lao Americans in continuing their cultural legacy through storytelling and the arts.
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Among the colors, haunting memories of 'Secret War'... the exhibit is a visceral lesson in how America's war in Vietnam crept into neighboring Laos and other parts of Southeast Asia.The Philadelphia Inquirer
We are proud to announce the opening of our very gallery first exhibit "Laos in the House: Voices from Four Decades of the Lao Diaspora" running March 6 - May 1, 2015 at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.
& special guest participants of Laos In The House.
When you come from something called "The Secret War" you don't get to tell your story the way others can because half of what you might tell may have been propaganda or else classified secret.
The history of Lao America is one that hasn't been properly documented. The aftermath of Laos' Civil War, Vietnam War and U.S. Secret War in Laos makes that chapter hard to remember, or easy to forget - depending on who you ask. While living in the U.S. has given us opportunity for new lives, future generations are left asking questions about a past they can't find in their parents photo album nor their school textbooks. We've been here for 40 years, yet many are unaware of who we are.
Green card pictures. Elementary grade translations. Your summer "job". Overnight gambling parties. That gang phase. Making up words in "Englao". How many peppers you can take in your papaya salad.
As Lao we know we are different, growing up here was a constant reminder of that. Some of us settled pretty easily with American culture, while others held firm to continue age-old traditions. That was always our struggle, balancing our Lao heritage with our American identity. Regardless of our outcomes, our names, or our citizenship status, we remain proud of who we are even if we didn't quite fully know where, when or how exactly we got here. Each of our stories is unique yet revealingly reflects the Lao American diaspora that makes us, khon Lao.
We invite you to share your story through our online digital archive, the Laos In The House Stories Board, so others can learn and be inspired too. Because if you don't tell it like it's supposed to, then who will?
The Laos In The House Project is made possible thanks to generous donations. It started with a $25K Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, but we still need your support to reach our goals! Funds donated to this project are tax-deductible, and will help with the cost of travel for artists, exhibition materials, and venue accommodations. We also accept in-kind donations, so if you are interested in donating space or services, get in touch using the contact form at the bottom.
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Got any ideas or suggestions on how to help spread the word about Laos In The House? Want to get involved? Got a story to tell? We'd love to hear from you!