Refugee Nation: Lao Refugee Stories in the US

Mar. 23, 2014 / By
























Join Leilani Chan, Ova Saopeng and Litdet Viravong, the cast of Refugee Nation in Long Beach, CA for an open rehearsal as they prepare to go on tour to Minneapolis! Celebrate early for the Southeast Asian New Year and help us bring blessings to the Minneapolis Lao community. Food will be served.

A mother lives alone in darkness. A father struggles to forget a lost war. A son battles in the streets of urban America. A daughter searches for answers in her community. Based on stories collected from Lao refugees in the US, Refugee Nation is about a young generation struggling to understand their history and the silence of an elder generation still healing from the traumas of war.

7 PM – Social mixer with Lao appetizers
7.30 PM – Refugee Nation
9 PM – Post-show hang with Lao food

The open rehearsal is hosted by Khmer Arts Academy, with additional community outreach by United Cambodian Community Inc. and Khmer Girls in Action.

Admission is FREE. Reservations requested.

This event is also a fundraiser for TeAda.
Donations and sponsors welcome. $10 suggested donation

The mission of TeAda Productions is to expand the awareness of issues affecting underserved communities through the development and presentation of performances by people of color. For more info on TeAda, please visit

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