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Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos

A family weighs an American cluster bomb casing at a scrap dealer in Phonsavanh, Laos (Jerry Redfern)

Between 1964 and 1973, in an offshoot of the Vietnam War, the U.S. military dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives on Laos. Up to 30 percent of those bombs did not detonate. Today, they remain buried in Laotian soil as unexploded ordinance (UXO), contaminating much of the country and placing its citizens at grave risk.

ASNC and Japan Policy Research Institute are pleased to host Karen J. Coates and Jerry Redfern, who will discuss their latest work, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos. Through their writings and photographs, Coates and Redfern’s mission is to educate readers about this little-known legacy of the Vietnam war and encourage a renewed commitment to redressing historical injustices.

Copies of Eternal Harvest will be available for purchase and signing.


Karen J. Coates and Jerry Refern are both senior fellows at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. They have lived and traveled extensively in Asia, covering food, environment, health and human rights for publications around the world. They also teach writing and photography to journalists in the developing world.

Promotional Co-Sponsors: Brandeis University Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Center for Lao Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Halo Trust USA, Holy Names University Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute, Jhai Foundation, and St. Mary’s College of California History Department and International Area Studies Program

Program Agenda:

5:45 – 7:00 pm: Book Talk/ Audience Q&A
7:00 – 7:45 pm: Reception and Book Signing


Event Details

Tue 12 Nov 2013
5:45pm - 7:00pm

Valley Center for the Performing Arts, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland

FREE admission.