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Berkeley, California

Home to the University of California-Berkeley, this city is located on the east shore of the San Francisco Bay. Berkeley is known as one of the most liberal cities in the U.S., and boasts a thriving cultural scene and innovative food scene.

Why this City?

Legacies looks forward to becoming involved with the student community at University of California-Berkeley. The Bay Area, home to many strong supporters of Legacies, has one of the largest Asian populations in the U.S., with Richmond and the East Bay being rich in the diversity of Lao and Mien ethnic groups.

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Fresno, California

Fresno, located in the San Joaquin Valley in central California, is the fifth largest city in California.

Why this City?

Fresno has very large Hmong and Lao populations, with 6.2% of the total population identifying as Hmong and 1.2% Lao. The area is a vibrant hub for Hmong & Lao community, cultural, and business gatherings. Fresno is also home to the largest Hmong New Year Celebration in the U.S. at the Fresno County Fair.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia

Harrisonburg, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, is home to James Madison University.

Why this City?

James Madison University is home to the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR). Legacies was attracted to this stop by our newest Board Member, political scientist and CISR director Ken Rutherford, and his amazing life journey after a landmine accident. Ken reflected on his accident, “It was an experience that fundamentally altered my life for the good. It crystallized my vision of what I believe I was put on this Earth to do.”

We will also be joined by Legacies Board Member Titus Peachey, Director of Peace Education for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., and a participant in the Cluster Munitions Coalition, which successfully advocated for an international ban on the production, stockpiling, transfer and use of cluster munitions, and which went into effect in 2010.

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Madison, Wisconsin

Home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this city is located in the middle of four lakes. Madison is also known for the beautiful state capitol located there, and has been called one of the best places to live in the U.S.

Why this City?

The University of Madison-Wisconsin’s Center for Lao Studies will be hosting the 4th annual International Conference on Lao Studies during Legacies’ stop there. We look forward to being joined by Ambassador Douglas Hartwick, former U.S. Ambassador to Laos.

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Merced, California

Merced is located in the San Joaquin Valley and is home to the University of California-Merced. A sizable number of Southeast Asian farmers have resettled there. In 1997, author Annie Fadiman’s book The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures was published. In her work, Fadiman documents the hardships of the Lees, a Hmong refugee family from Sainyabuli Province, Laos, and their experience with the health care system in Merced.

Why this City?

Merced has large Hmong, Lao, and Mien populations, and is one of the first places where Hmong and Lao refugees resettled after the Vietnam War.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, also called the “City of Lakes,” is home to a diverse population known for creative activity.

Why this City?

The Minneapolis/St. Paul area is home to about 37,000 Hmong Americans, one of the largest Hmong populations in the United States, as well as large numbers of Lao Americans. Many non-profit and community-driven organizations dedicated to public health, culture, and education for Southeast Asian American communities are located there, as well as the University of Minnesota.

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New York, New York

The most populous city in the U.S., New York City is home to the United Nations Headquarters. Made up of five boroughs, New York is a center for arts & culture.

Why this City?

New York City’s large media market provides an excellent tool for Legacies to spread the message of the tour to the greater U.S. public. Furthermore, our kick-off event will be held at the United Nations Headquarters in conjunction with the UN International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

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Palo Alto, California

Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 63,000 residents and is part of the San Francisco Bay area.

Why this City?

Legacies' primary tour goal is to educate audiences about UXO and raise awareness about the lasting consequences of war.  By keeping the memory of the Vietnam War in the public consciousness, especially among young people, Legacies hopes to build on the work of the past decade and mobilize future generations for a bomb-free Laos. Dr. Cynthia Nguyen, a Board Member of Legacies, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, is large reason why Stanford University was chosen in particular.  Dr. Nguyen reflects, "On a service trip for the non-profit *Doctor To Doctor* and on a once-in-a-lifetime heritage voyage with 12 members of my family to Laos, I learned about the persistent, pervasive impact of some 78+ million unexploded bombs dropped 40 years ago on the land where my mother’s mother was born. Once I understood the effect of the problem on the daily lives of so many people, I felt compelled to step up and become part of the solution. I feel fortunate to be a volunteer for Legacies of War, and am proud that LOW has already made a meaningful, concrete difference."

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Portland, Oregon

Known for its environmental awareness, Portland is considered one of the “greenest” cities in the world. It is also famous for its microbreweries & microdistilleries, love of coffee, and quirky food carts.

Why this City?

Legacies was intrigued by the strong community engagement and pursuit to bring the tour to town expressed by our supporters, a small but motivated group of individuals. Furthermore, as the home of Portland State University, Legacies is eager to continue to raise awareness among a younger generation of Americans, starting with an on-campus event.

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Sacramento, California

Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City,” is the capital of California. Located in the Central Valley, it is the sixth largest city in California.

Why this City?

Sacramento has a large Hmong, Lao, Mien, and broader Southeast Asian population. Sacramento provides access to large universities, such as Sacramento State and UC Davis, and is a very community-oriented city.

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Seattle, Washington

Home to the famous Pike Place Market and the birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle is known for its cool music scene, outdoor adventure opportunities, vibrant beer brewing culture, and progressive environmental conservation.

Why this City?

Often referred to as the 'Gate to Asia,' Seattle has a pan-Asian influence throughout the city.

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Washington, DC

Washington DC, also called “The District,” is the capital of the U.S. Washington is known for its monuments, Smithsonian Museums, and the beautiful cherry blossom blooming season in the spring.

Why This City?

A large part of Legacies’ work includes spreading awareness on Capitol Hill in order to leverage support from congresspersons and the U.S. Department of State, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement.

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