All posts tagged: Vietnam War

A 2015 Memorial Day First: Monument to Honor Hmong and Lao Veterans

Saturday, May 16th marked a historical moment for acknowledgment of Hmong and Lao veterans in Minnesota. Hundreds of invited Hmong and Lao veterans community, leaders, and public officials gathered in the capitol lawn of Saint Paul, for a breaking ground event to mark the first Hmong Lao Memorial Monument. The memorial will be built on the front lawn in the upcoming year ahead. The memorial’s design is reported to be a bronze bamboo shoot representing growth and prosperity. The monument will honor the over 80,000 Hmong and Lao soldiers who took part in the efforts with the United States military and CIA operations during the Laotian Civil War and Vietnam War era. The memorial’s success was a coordinated effort with local Hmong and Lao veteran community in MN, as well as similar movements across the states. It’s expected to finish by 2016, funded by an approved bonding bill and private contributions from the community. While the memorial is an important step towards recognition of Hmong and Lao veterans and their sacrifices, the next step for legislators to truly acknowledge veterans and their …

UXO, Chomsky and Other Lao Legacies

Fred Branfman has an article at Salon.Com “When Chomsky Wept” opening with “I first met Noam Chomsky in Laos, where I showed him the devastating effects of U.S. air raids.” While many of us may think it’s TLDR, it’s worth reading all of the way through. It’s a timely issue as the Lao American play Refugee Nation begins its final week at the Los Angeles Theater Center, and Legacies of War has a small supporting exhibit there to raise awareness of the secret bombing of Laos in the 20th Century. In 2010, Minnesota was host to the Legacies of War: Refugee Nation Twin Cities exhibition that allowed us to present films, workshops, plays and performances from nationally-recognized and local artists and community voices about the Lao journey. I’ve often admired Chomsky’s work, and Branfman’s remarks are poignant: “[Chomsky] believes there are too many variables involved in understanding human beings for the human brain to ever really comprehend it — not to mention the impossibility of conducting the kind of controlled experiments that might yield scientifically credible answers.” …