In the United States there are approximately 200,000 Lao with the largest populations residing in California, Texas, and Minnesota. Minnesota has the 3rd largest Lao refugee population in the United States with 25,000 residents. • Photo and info from laowriters.org
In the United States there are approximately 200,000 Lao with the largest populations residing in California, Texas, and Minnesota. Minnesota has the 3rd largest Lao refugee population in the United States with 25,000 residents. • Photo and info from laowriters.org

Lao refugees have been settling in the United States since 1975 when the United States intervened with the Vietnam War endangering many people’s lives in Southeast Asia. From that point on, Lao refugees have come to America seeking better living conditions and opportunities for themselves and their families. This year marks the 40th year of Laotian-Americans arrival in the United States. The University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Centre has partnered up with the Lao American Writer’s Summit to host a symposium marking 40 years of Lao in America.

Our Shared Journey: Symposium on 40 years of Lao in the United States” will feature presentations and panels from researchers and community members that will give a perspective on the history of Lao immigration and refugees. This symposium will include workshops, discussions, and storytelling with some of the Lao-American community’s most prominent leaders.

This event is open to anyone who is eager to learn more about the history of Laotian immigration to America. Join the many Lao Americans from all over the nation at this highly anticipated event.

“Our Shared Journey” happens at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Centre on Friday, April 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit https://events.umn.edu/040150 or contact the Immigration History Research Centre at [email protected]

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