Award-winning Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra will be speaking at UC Davis on Monday, March 7th for one night only. His presentation will be on “Transitions: Refugee Memories & Imagination in Diasporic Expression” from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in the Risling Room, Hart Hall, 3rd floor.
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.
Bryan Thao Worra will discuss the intersections between history, literature, imagination, belief, and global policy and how the arts can play a pivotal effect in transforming the world.