Film and Panel Discussion: "Hmong Memory at the Crossroads"


Location: DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Hmong Memory at the Crossroads
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"Hmong Memory at the Crossroads" is a 2015 documentary that weaves the stories of three generations of Hmong refugees in the U.S. Midwest and in France.

Liachoua Lee, a Hmong-American, revisits his past as a former refugee and son of veterans of the First Indochina War and the Secret War in Laos. Beginning with his life in Detroit, Lee's journey takes him to France, a place where he and his family sought asylum before immigrating to America, and an emotional return to his Laotian homeland.

Protagonist Liachoua Lee, film co-director Professor Safoi Babana-Hampton (Michigan State University), Professor John Duffy (University of Notre Dame), and Professor Panivong Norindr (University of Southern California), will discuss the film after the screening. 

The film is a production of Michigan State University, in partnership with the Humanities Without Walls Consortium based at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and with the institutional collaboration of the University of Notre Dame. 

This event is organized by the Program in French and Francophone Studies and co-sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Henkels Lecture Series and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Teaching Beyond the Classroom Grant, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

For more information about the film, cast, and crew, visit