With first-hand accounts by CIA supported Hmong soldiers who fought, survived, and fled Laos when the Communists took over in 1975, along with personal stories of Hmong refugees residing in the United States, Witnesses to a Secret War brings greater awareness to a relatively unknown piece of American history.
Wednesday, April 10 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
In the film we meet members of families who were among the first to immigrate to the US, such as Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao whose artwork revisits the struggle of his people, and refugee advocate KaYing Yang who works in Thailand to help Hmong refugees remaining there after 30 years.
AsiaLENS is a series of free public film screenings and lecture/discussion programs on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia. The series is organized by the Asian Educational Media Service, a program of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is presented in collaboration with the Spurlock Museum.