Into the Ditch: Fleeing a Third World

Item

Title

Into the Ditch: Fleeing a Third World

Description

My mother was a child refugee during the Viet Nam War; as her family escaped Laos and headed into Thailand, her father yelled, “Quick, into the ditch!” to avoid the bombs the United States released onto our motherland. The trauma of fleeing war has left my mother in a state of displacement, making navigating life in America difficult. Many Southeast Asian communities are still trying to assimilate to a country that does not want them, a country that does not welcome refugees. Even now, many Southeast Asian communities still live in poverty and face environmental injustices—like food insecurity and poor living conditions—because the US Government fails to acknowledge and aid the communities it pushed out of their own motherland. At the center is the ditch my mother would curl up in to avoid the bombs, but it still resides within her and passed down unto her children where we remain in the ditch and are continuing the struggle of getting out.

Type

Artwork

Subject

ESPM 50 Creative Projects

Creator

Sengchanthavong, Dara

Publisher/Uploader

ESPM 50

Upload Date/Date Issued

2019-05-07T01:06:46Z

Content License

Unknown

Identifier

17FA_AD85F8D7

Medium

Watercolor, Ink, & Acrylic on Paper

Extent

Panels of 6x8 in. Pieces (Subject to change based on arrangement)