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Upcoming Events: Symposiums on 40 years of Southeast Asian Stories

For those who remember, passed down family stories, or learned about some of the most forgotten shared histories of our time; 1975 was the most significant year for the people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

2015 marks 40 years of the beginning of the dispersal of thousands who sought refuge from a post-war Southeast Asia. There are two upcoming symposiums hosting spaces to reflect, discuss and to commemorate the journeys, experiences, stories and livelihoods of our Southeast Asian communities in America.  Little Laos on the Prairie will be present at both events. We hope you will join us.


DATE: Friday, March 6th, 2015

LOCATION: California State University, Fullerton, CA

DETAILS: The goals of the symposium are to commemorate the formation of Southeast Asian diasporic communities in the US over the past 40 years and to educate CSUF students about Southeast Asian American heritages, experiences, and histories.

Scheduled events include presentations, roundtables, performances, film screenings and talks, and exhibitions by students, faculty, artists, community members, and leaders from the Vietnamese American, Cambodian American, Hmong American, and Lao American communities.

Free and open to the public. Contact: Register here:

Chanida Phaengdara Potter will be presenting on the ‘Preserving and Sharing Our Stories’ panel.

SEA Symposium at California State University - Fullerton


DATE: April 17-18, 2015

LOCATION: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

DETAILS: 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.

Free and open to the public. Contact: Register here:

Chanida Phaengdara Potter and Bryan Thao Worra will be on various panels and host workshops.

40 years of Lao Americans



  1. Bao Sihorm says

    “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.”…

    Not a complication caused by the Viet Min reaching over Laos phycial border and political space?


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