Time of Remembrance: A Secret War
During the Vietnam War years, one of the largest Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operations ever undertaken took place in the small Southeast Asian Kingdom of Laos. Hundreds of thousands of Laotian civilians were killed in the fighting or in retaliation for their support of American troops.
The interviews in the Elk Grove Unified School District’s Time of Remembrance – Refugee Stories from the Secret War archives are accounts from local Hmong and Mien survivors of the Secret War. They have shared their stories so that teachers and their students can learn about a hidden or under told history still missing from most textbooks. Their interviews also provide invaluable insights to understanding the challenges faced by refugees, such as language barriers, cultural differences, huge shifts in geography, and loss of homeland and heritage. A number of the interviews are from refugees who served in the Secret War as soldiers and even as Robins, also known as Backseaters to Raven pilots.
Watch new Secret War interviews on Channel 16 on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays at 5:15 p.m.
To learn more about the Time Remembrance Project, please visit: www.blogs.egusd.net/tor