The Exhibition, Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee

I finally had a chance to visit the exhibition, Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee yesterday with my sisters.  The first part of this video is about my family, and the photos of the people that we knew at Nong Kai Refugee camp, some went to Canada, France and the United States.  Then the exhibition itself, and finally the conclusion of us going home, not to stay but only to visit, my dad and I visited Laos in November 2008.


  1. Nye, this is wonderful! Reminds me of my days in the camp. You have inspired me to put a slide show together about my family as well. I love all these photos.

    • Laotian Teacher, thanks. I think old photos are so precious but have never done anything with them until now, this is a great way to share. It was a lot of fun going through the old photos with my sisters, it’s like walking down memory lane. 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this. We have a slightly different experience but I know of a lot of families that had to go through the hardship. It’ wonderful that they are finally showing this to the world.

    • kinnaly, thanks for your visit and comment. I have to say that no two stories are alike and it helps to talk about it and share. As for our exhibition here, a pleasant surprise to see that the top floor is reserved for the Hmong clothing and quilt displays, kind of nice.

    • lady0fdarkness, thanks. It’s a good setup for young children to learn and understand, Lee likes it and wants to go back.

  3. Hi Nye,

    The refugee stories seem to be repeating itself with what is happening in Iraq. It is just so sad to see people being torn from their homeland because of war.

    Glad you got to see the exhibition with your family. It’s a good reminder for all of us, both young and older generation.

    It looks like we’ve all come a long way. Thanks for putting together the slide show and sharing them.

    • Cambree, it’s very sad, history seems to repeat itself. I think the exhibition varies from State to State, and since we have many Hmong in our area, the top floor is dedicated to the Hmong clothing and history. This is the Torn From Home: My Life as a Refugee Reflection Video, it’s heart breaking to see people fleeing from their homeland.

  4. Nye – Great job on creating this video… Those pictures from the Refugee Camp brings back so much of painful memories. My parents still have all those pictures, I thought about scanning it so many time.

    • seeharhed, thanks. The whole experience was very traumatic, the pictures not only reminded us of the time at the refugee camp, but what was left behind and what we had to face. At the end, it only makes us stronger, I would love to see your photos and please do share.

  5. Nye thank you so very much for the video!! I know you had left me a message at my blog regarding this post a while back, but I had been very busy and then I had gotten very sick all within the month and had been unable to come by your blog! But I sure do wish they come to Georgia for this exhibit I would love to see it with my own eyes! It’s so sad just watching this video and your music plays well with the video! Thanks so very much! If anything, the only criticism I have is that the words on each page is to short and light and it’s hard to read, but besides that, this video is wonderful! once again, thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to walk through this exhibit with you!

    • mozemoua, you are welcome, and thanks for the feedback. I noticed that the wording is too thin and light also, I like the fonts, but not very good for clips. I’m thinking about using a different software, I might experiment with the one that my friend recommended to me.

      I’m glad that I had the opportunity to visit, and if you ever in the area, it opens till the beginning of May.

      • Thats great!! I was thinking about coming to Hickory or Charlotte within the next few months so maybe I should pay a visit to the exhibit, actually no, when and if I am in that area of town and the exhibit isn’t closed yet, I will pay a visit for sure, it’s something worth going to!

        If I use the school computers, I use the Mac programs but if I use my computer then Window’s movie maker is great as well.

        • mozemoua, make sure you check with the museum first before coming.

          I hope to work more with video and it would be real nice to video posting about the rice paddy, something to look forward to.

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