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Our Shared Journey

A Symposium on 40 Years of Lao in the United States

Our Shared Journey: Lao American & Historical Contexts and Lao American Writer’s Summit II

Friday, April 17, 2015 and Saturday, April 18, 2015

Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) located at 2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

The University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center is partnering with the Lao American Writer’s Summit to host a symposium marking the 40 years of Lao in the United States. Lao refugees have been resettling in the United States since 1975, following a civil war complicated by U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Today, Minnesota has the third largest percentage of Lao Americans living in the state. “Lao American and Historical Contexts” is an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Minnesota that will explore both the history of Lao immigrant and refugees in the United States and contemporary issues. This symposium will feature panels and presentations by researchers and community members examining the diverse perspectives and contributions of Lao Americans.


Sponsored by University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center, Lao American Writers Summit, U of MN Asian American Studies , UROC University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, The Lao Assistance Center Of Minnesota, Center for Lao Studies, Mines Advisory Group, Legacies of War

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