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White Parasols and White Supremacy

This is part of a series on racism, imperialism, colonialism and white supremacy and its history and impact on the Lao community.  In the Lao tradition white elephants and white parasols signified supreme power of royal families. These days, Laos doesn’t typically come up in conversations on modern white supremacy despite our occupation by the French during the Indochina era (1887-1954). Might our history consciously and subconsciously affect our approach to  social justice and civic engagement? Many may feel our opinions  and experience are unimportant. Few ask how we will either resist or support the rise of white supremacy, especially the 230,000 of us in the US. Considering there are at least 917 hate groups in the US in 2017 according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, with many operating in states with some of the highest concentrations of Laotian refugees, this should be an issue. Laos has an interesting connection with one of the leaders of white supremacy. In 1971, a young David Duke came to Vientiane in the summer to help his father’s …

Happy Hallaoween: Lao Pumpkin Spice Edition

Happy HalLAOween! The first snow has hit and so in between getting dressed up as your favorite scary phi and other costumes for Halloween, it sounds like as good a time as any to share the latest delight (or horror) from the Little Laos on the Prairie kitchen! This year, we’re demonstrating that orange things don’t have to be scary! Pumpkin spice for your lattes and chai is all of the rage as it makes its way back for the season, but we know Lao can do it way better! (Without adding real pumpkin to it, like some people demanded a few years back. #PeopleUnclearOnTheConcept) Fortunately, this one is super easy to make in as little as 5 minutes.You’ll need ground cinnamon, ginger, lemongrass, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. You can experiment to taste, but we found approximately that the ratio should be approximately: 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg 1.5 teaspoons ground all spice 1.5 teaspoons ground cloves 1/4 teaspoon ground lemongrass The lemongrass will be particularly overpowering if …