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Speaker May Xiong
Date Apr 10, 2013
Time 7:00 pm  
Location Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL
Cost free admission
Sponsor Asian Educational Media Service, Spurlock Museum, Urbana Free Library
Contact Jason Finkelman
Phone 217-333-9597
Event type Film
Views 852
Originating Calendar AEMS - Events

Witnesses to a Secret War
Directed by Deborah Dickson. 2009. 56 minutes.
In English.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 7:00pm
Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL

Introduction and discussion by May Xiong (Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education).

Description:
With first-hand accounts by CIA supported Hmong soldiers who fought, survived, and fled Laos when the Communists took over in 1975, along with personal stories of Hmong refugees residing in the United States, Witnesses to a Secret War brings greater awareness to a relatively unknown piece of American history.

In the film we meet members of families who were among the first to immigrate to the US, such as Minnesota State Representative Cy Tha whose artwork revisits the struggle of his people, and refugee advocate KaYing Yang who works in Thailand to help Hmong refugees remaining there after 30 years. Through their voices, and those of other witnesses compelled to understand their past, a story of betrayal, loss and survival unfolds.

First Screening:
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 7:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, Knight Auditorium, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL