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Thank you to everyone who came to our event at Macalester College last week. Don Shelby moderated a discussion with "The Things They Carried" author Tim O'Brien and The Vietnam War PBS director Lynn Novick on the power of storytelling to better understand the lasting impact of the Vietnam War. View the entire conversation at our LiveStream of…

Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: The Power of Storytelling title.

Thank you to everyone who came to our event at Macalester College last week.

Don Shelby moderated a discussion with “The Things They Carried” author Tim O’Brien and The Vietnam War PBS director Lynn Novick on the power of storytelling to better understand the lasting impact of the Vietnam War.

View the entire conversation at our LiveStream of the event below: 

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Legacies of War

Hmong veterans at a ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol.

In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent the threat of communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. The Hmong people of Laos fought for the U.S. — and for themselves — to keep Ho Chi Minh’s Communist North Vietnamese regime from destroying their way…

Hmong veterans at a ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol.

In the shadows of the Vietnam War, the CIA organized a secret war in neighboring Laos to prevent the threat of communism from spreading deeper into Southeast Asia. The Hmong people of Laos fought for the U.S. — and for themselves — to keep Ho Chi Minh’s Communist North Vietnamese regime from destroying their way of life. Until 1994, the CIA never publicly acknowledged the clandestine activities in Laos, so the stories of this secret war remained largely untold.

In the TPT original production Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War, Hmong soldiers and their families bring to life the hardships faced during the war and in the brutal aftermath when they were hunted by the newly dominant communist government as they tried to escape.

Lisa Blackstone, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and director of the Twin Cities Public Television’s original “Minnesota Remembers Vietnam: America’s Secret War,” spoke with MPR News’ Doualy Xaykaothao and Tom Weber about the effects of the Secret War on generations of Laotian Americans, Cambodian Americans and Vietnamese Americans in this episode:

 

Other guests include Chanida Phaengdara Potter, founder and editor of Little Laos on the Prairie, Kosol Sek, managing director of the International Khmer Assembly, and MK Nguyen, program manager at the Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood and fellow at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.

Watch America’s Secret War.

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