More than just a telling of Laotian American history, this two-person performance eloquently touches upon crucial issues relating to the refugee experience, assimilation, generation gap, and mental health by interweaving drama, film, music, and audience interaction.
Written and performed by Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng.
A mother lives in the darkness of a South Los Angeles apartment. An Army General struggles to forget a lost war. A son battles in the streets of urban America. Refugee Nation is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and the silence of an elder generation still healing from the traumas of the U.S. waged Secret War in Laos during the Vietnam War era.
More than just a telling of Laotian American history, this two-person performance eloquently touches upon crucial issues relating to the refugee experience, assimilation, generation gap, and mental health by interweaving drama, film, music, and audience interaction. The result is a product that not only brings to light the hidden stories of Laotian Americans around the U.S., but one that is able to unite 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.
As we welcome a new decade, the Refugee Nation continues to grow. With the certainty of new refugee arrivals coming from the Middle East, what can we learn from the wounds of a war 30 years ago that are still yet to be healed?
The show will run for 60 minutes and will be followed by a 30-minute Question and Answer session with the artists.
Sponsored by the Laotian American Organization at UCLA with the following campus partners: Campus Programs Committee, USA/BOD Programming Fund, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures, and Critical Asian Pacific Islander Students for Action (CAPSA).
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies