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The Los Angeles Laotian reaction to President Obama's visit




US President Barack Obama arrives to attend the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016.
US President Barack Obama arrives to attend the gala dinner during the second day of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Vientiane on September 7, 2016.
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President Obama is in Laos this week. He is the first sitting American president to visit the Southeast Asian nation. Throughout his trip, President Obama lamented that few Americans know much about the secret nine-year war the U.S. waged there more than 40 years ago.

During the Vietnam war, an average of eight bombs a minute was dropped on Laos. Not all of them exploded -- in fact, tens of millions were left unexploded in the countryside.

This week, Obama announced about ninety million dollars will be spent to clean up the remaining mines, calling in a "profound moral and humanitarian obligation." For more on the Laotian American response here in Southern California, we have Leslie Chantaphaasouk. She's a writer with the Laotian diaspora blog, Little Laos on the Prairie. 

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