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Invasion! Inserting “Lao” into Everyday Words

There are often many ways to show off national pride: waving flags and getting decked out in the country’s colors comes to mind, but we Lao have become rather…creative in our endeavors. In fact, you might have noticed our collective creativity on this very bLAOg! See what I did there? In one of our late-night brainstorm sessions, we noticed just how easy it is, to insert “LAO” into common English words. Follow along for some fun! 1. Our most LAO’ved: We’re all about getting LAO’d and amplifying our voices here! 2. Globetrotting: From the US to Africa and all around the world and back again, we are taking over it all! LAOs Vegas LAOs Angeles LAOgos Sau PauLAO GuatemaLAO City 3. Special occasions: No matter how you celebrate, we bet there’s tons of food involved. HalLAOween Hol-LAO-days VaLAOntine’s Day 4. Getting creative: Have you ever noticed how talented our community is? MythoLAOgical LAOmagination 5. Fashion: Your go-to places for looking fresh. BLAOtique SaLAOn 6. Staying woke: It’s all about raising awareness! PoLAOtical SoLAOdarity 7. Subject …

From Secret Wars to Spinosaurs

A few weeks ago, Little Laos on the Prairie co-editor, Bryan Thao Worra presented in Minneapolis at Rev. Matt’s Monster Science on the dinosaurs of Laos. Here are some highlights! Strangely enough, dinosaurs aren’t the first animals you think of when it comes to the land once known as the Realm of a Million Elephants. However, as we draw nearer to the release of the new Jurassic Park movie, it’s as good a time as any to think about the Terrible Lizards of Southeast Asia! For our Minnesota readers, a little bit of context, we have almost 13,000 Lao and 60,000 Hmong who came to this state after the Secret War in Laos, which took place concurrently to the Vietnam War. Many of you may not realize that Laos is about the same size as Minnesota or Utah and nearly 70% of our homeland is covered in dense forest and mountains, as well as vast limestone caves and swamplands that would easily rival any episode of Land of the Lost. However, dinosaur research in Laos was understandably slow considering that …