Being an American

Lao people like Americans, despite our past

Gabriel Shaya
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In the '60s and '70s, the US government dropped over 2 million tons of bombs on Laos, making it the most heavily bombed country in the world. Despite this fact, Lao people do not harbor resentment against individual Americans. You might even receive a great welcome if you say you're American, complete with two thumbs up. So, as hard as it might be, do yourself a favor and leave your American guilt at the airport. There's no need to pin a Canadian flag on your backpack or fake a British accent. You'll see many remnants of the war, and will exhaust yourself apologizing if you're too focused on past. Instead, do your part to correct our government's wrongs--volunteer your time or make a donation to an organization that supports UXO cleanup.

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