(re)Location is made possible through generous funding from California Humanities.
For the younger generations in the Lao and Korean diasporic communities, the result has been an incomplete understanding of their heritage and a fractured connection to family histories. Additionally, these significant American stories are little known by the broader population.
The purpose of the research is to:
- explore the processes of acculturation;
- amplify the experiences of the immigrant elder population, including refugees impacted by war;
- create intergenerational and intercultural dialogue and understandings for those within the Lao and Korean communities; and
- spotlight themes of family legacy and survival in the context of an ever-transforming America.
The research recruits Laos and Koreans who immigrated to the US between 1970 and 1989. The first and current phase of the research targets participants who arrived in the United States as adults (18 and older), while the second phase will focus on 1.5- and second-generation participants who arrived as children. Participants will share their experiences through interviews, personal artifacts, and art responses. The data, after undergoing thematic analysis, will be presented to the academic community as well as to the general public through community events, an online exhibition, and in-person exhibition.