School children from Lathsene Village in Xieng Khouang Province, Laos, home of a pre-school built through the generous donations of Legacies of War supporters. Photo: Boon Vong

Legacies of War uses art, culture, education, and community organizing to bring people together and create healing and transformation out of the wreckage of war. Our programs seek to raise awareness, support advocacy goals, engage communities and strengthen community capacity. Here’s how we achieve these goals:

Raise awareness about Laos and the legacies of the Vietnam War-era bombing:

  • Legacies Library is a new initiative created as a response to the lack of awareness and contents on the Secret War in Laos as well as the broader Vietnam War-era bombings in Cambodia and Vietnam.
  • National Traveling Exhibition of archival and current images, art and video, that tells the story of the horrors of the Vietnam-era bombing in Laos and the resulting danger of unexploded cluster bombs today.
  • School Curriculum that teaches about the war in Southeast Asia through history, writing and art lessons.
  • Refugee Nation: a live performance of theater, dance and poetry based on oral histories collected from Laotian community members.


Advocate for increased U.S. and international support for the clearance of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos:

  • Advocacy Campaign to increase U.S. and international support for the clearance of UXO in Laos, for victims’ economic well-being and for a ban on cluster munitions.
  • Study Trip to Laos, supported by the Ford Foundation, to research UXO clearance, education efforts, and victim assistance.
  • Research & Briefing Papers, including chapter in the book, U.S. War Crimes in Indochina: History, Responsibility and the American Future (Common Courage Press 2009).


Engage communities in discussions of peace and security issues:

  • Panel Discussions that bring together bombing survivors, war veterans and peace activists from the Laotian-American and broader communities.
  • Film Screenings of award-winning films, such as Bombies, Bomb Harvest, The Betrayal: Nerakhoun.
  • Oral Histories from Laotian-Americans, veterans and other Southeast Asians collected by students participating in the Legacies of War curriculum.


Strengthen the capacity of Laotian-Americans to advocate on issues of concern:

  • Community Organizing to give voice to the Laotian-American perspective on the aftermath of war and other issues of concern to them.
  • Collaboration and Partnerships with local and national groups to bring Legacies of War projects and programs to communities.