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Refugee Nation

October 8, 2010–October 17, 2010, 7:30 PM
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S – Minneapolis


Pangea World Theater, Lao Assistance Center, and Intermedia Arts present


Written and Performed by Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng

October 8-10 • Friday –  Sunday • 7:30pm
October 14-17 • Thursday – Sunday • 7:30pm

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A mother lives alone in the darkness. A father struggles to forget a lost war. A son battles in the streets of urban America. A daughter searches for answers in her community.

REFUGEE NATION is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and the silence of an elder generation still healing from the traumas war. What can we learn from the wounds of a war over 30 years ago in the hope to find healing?

Refugee Nation tells the stories of a community created by a U.S. led secret war in Laos.  Intricately connected to the Vietnam War, Laotian refugees struggle to create a future as their American descendants struggle to understand their past. Since 2005, collaborators Leilani Chan and Ova Saopeng have been collecting oral histories from family and community members across the country to create an interdisciplinary theater performance that explores a growing part of the Asian American Diaspora that is yet to be included as part of the American experience. Through theater and movement they re-construct the stories of families trying to rebuild a community that has been spread like ashes across the U.S. and the world.

More than just a telling of Laotian American history, the two-person performance eloquently touches upon issues relating to the refugee experience, assimilation, generation gap, and mental health using drama, film, music, and audience interaction, and personalizes these issues through a genuine Laotian American perspective. 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.

Presented in conjunction with the Legacies of War National Traveling Exhibition at Intermedia Arts September 30-October 26.

This project is made possible in part by support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Asian Pacific Endowment, Arts Midwest, National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program and Community Fund.  For more information: www.npn.org


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