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Refugee Nation Arriving in April

Just in time for the Lao New Year! Intermedia Arts hosted the amazing Refugee Nation play four years ago with Pangea World Theater and Lao Assistance Center and couldn’t wait to bring it back to the Twin Cities. It’s important to note that it will only be presented 8 times, from April 10-13  and April 17-20. The Sunday shows are at 2:30 in the afternoon. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows start at 8pm promptly. Tickets are $15 at the door, although $12 advance, student and senior discounts are available. As executive director Theresa Sweetland put it, “It is moving, powerful, hopeful and even funny at times and opens up a necessary and meaningful conversation about the legacies of war on individuals, generations, families and communities.” Refugee Nation is about a young generation seeking to understand their history and a community healing from the traumas of war. Many aspects were inspired in part by conversations with Laotian Minnesotans and others across the country. Award-winning writer Bryan Thao Worra has described it as “one of the most …

SEARAC Fasts to Keep Families Together and to Urge Congress to End Deportations

Little Laos on the Prairie received a statement from the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center in Washington DC: Washington, DC –  Staff and board members of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) are fasting today in solidarity with “Fast for Families” in support of reform that allows for a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, family reunification, and an end to deportations that are devastating immigrant and refugee communities. “Every day that Congress waits to pass immigration reform, more families are torn apart by deportation,” said Phuong Do, SEARAC’s interim executive director. “Deportation traumatizes families and destabilizes communities, and we are fasting to call on Congress to take action.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that in FY 2012, it deported over 400,000 people. Deportation as a consequence of old criminal convictions has hit Southeast Asian American families particularly hard. Since 1998, over 13,000 Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans have received final deportation orders, including many legal permanent residents. In most of these cases, individuals came to the U.S. as infants and toddlers, fleeing the …