All posts tagged: Southeast Asia

Producers of PBS “We’ll Meet Again” Documentary Series Call for Reunion Stories from Laotian Diaspora

Producers of a We’ll Meet Again, a series on reunions torn by major historic events, are looking for reunion stories from the diaspora during the Vietnam War, Secret War and Laotian Civil War eras. If this is you or someone you might know, share the call below to your networks. — Separated from family by migration or war? Thrown together with a stranger during a natural disaster or emergency? Have you shared historic events with someone you’d like to see again? We’ll Meet Again is a new history series and we may be able to help you find the person you’re looking for. To find out more with no obligation, please email mark.usher@blinkfilmsuk.com or call toll free on 1-888-487-2771. More details online here.

Deportations of Southeast Asian Americans: A Glaring Human Rights Issue in an Unjust Immigration System

This piece was also published on Reappropriate and Angry Asian Man.  Last week, war veterans, mothers, fathers, family, friends, and children held signs of pleas to stop deportations of their loved ones. Organized by family members of those detained, and supported by a coalition of API advocacy organizations, people lined the streets of Minneapolis outside Senator Amy Klobuchar’s office to demand justice after almost a dozen Cambodian Minnesotans were detained for deportation. This isn’t solely in the Cambodian community. Just last year, the story of Lao American DJ Teace aka Thisaphone Sothiphakhak was in the Minneapolis City Pages. “That’s the most frustrating feeling. I went through the court system, and literally something 18 years ago came back and made me feel like I was less than human.” History of deportations: SEARAC reported in 2015 that since 1998, about 16,000 Southeast Asian Americans from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos have been given deportation orders, the majority on the basis of past criminal convictions where time has already been served. These numbers lead us to systemic double punishment …