Unending Struggles: Legacies of America's Secret War in Laos
Nengher N. Vang is an Assistant Professor of Transnational American History in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He teaches the Vietnam War, US foreign relations and empire, Hmong American historical and contemporary issues, and other courses in History and Race and Ethnics Studies. His research interests include US-Asia relations, American imperialism, comparative race/ethnicity, immigration and social movements.
We think that wars end when peace agreements are signed, but this is often not the case. America's Secret War in Laos in the 1960's is a good example. For most Americans, American's involvement officially ended with the peace agreements in 1973 and, practically, when the last Americans left Laos in 1975. The legacies of this war, however, tell a different story. The legacies include another ongoing secret war in Laos, more than 40 years of Hmong American involvement in this new war, and 50 years of persistent but ultimately contradictory relationship between Hmong Americans and the United States.
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