Program Seven: Refuge from War

America has been home to refugees since the Potato Famine and the rise of Communism. The U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War caused devastation throughout Southeast Asia and brought families who had no choice but to seek a new life in America.
Crossing East highlights a tumultuous time of war and resettlement and examines differences in culture, education and socio-economic backgrounds of Southeast Asian refugees.

Streaming Audio Clip (opens in new window) - The Story of Daran Kravanh

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Hmong In America: Nearly 200,000 Hmong people live in America.  Some have just arrived from camps in Thailand—they are the last Hmong refugees allowed into the US.  Others have lived here for almost 30 years. 
Bonus Materials

Refugee Dreams Revisited Flash Movie

A collage of personal stories, photos, and music about being a former refugee from Southeast Asia.

Refugee Dreams Revisited Event Slideshow

In August 2005 MediaRites presented a community event in Portland, Oregon. See the artists and musicians, old and young, who participated.

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