TRANSITIONS: REFUGEE MEMORIES & IMAGINATION IN DIASPORIC EXPRESSION

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In Winter 2016, we had a workshop featuring award winning Author and Poet, Bryan Thao Worra, discussing Lao and Southeast Asian American experience through science fiction. Worra is the first Lao American to be accepted as a professional member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. His accolades include a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Asian Pacific American Leadership Award in the Arts from the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. In addition, he works on Lao and Southeast Asian American refugee resettlement issues across the United States. Below is a description of Worra’s talk at UC Davis:


“The Southeast Asian conflicts of the 20th century were complex and often poorly understood, including the Laotian Civil War, also known as "The Secret War" from 1954-1975. Today, over 400,000 refugees with roots in Laos make their homes in the US. For ethnic Lao, after 40 years, less than 40 books in their own words have been published in the US. Internationally-published, award-winning Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra discussed the intersections between history, literature, imagination, belief, and global policy and how the arts can play a pivotal effect in transforming the world.”