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Little Laos’ Holiday Shopping Guide

While holiday shopping is underway for many in Lao America, many are still contemplating what to buy for their loved ones. Tis’ the perfect season to spread your hard earned money and buy from local Laos-based entrepreneurs and businesses. The gifts aren’t just unique and locally sourced, but majority of these businesses return their investment back to the community with a conscious. While the big box chains are always convenient to the typical shopper, they don’t always offer the best bang for your buck, financially and socially. There’s no argument that supporting small businesses is good for the local economy. There are almost 28 small businesses in the US, with over 50% of the working population working in the sector, generating over 45% of new net jobs since 1995. Read this point-by-point summary of why we need to support more small businesses. In other words, entrepreneurs are working it in the daily hustle creating and spreading more local wealth than the public cares to know about. There are plenty of US-based Laos products imported or made right …

Notes From An Imagined Future: CTRL+ALT In New York

“How do you imagine your future?” That was the question over 10,000 people were asked over the weekend of November 11-12 in New York as part of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s pop up museum entitled “Ctrl+Alt: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures.” Visitors met with over 40 local and visiting artists, including Lao American artists Saymoukda Douangphouxay Vongsay and Bryan Thao Worra as they transformed the old Pearl River Mart in New York’s Soho district into a dynamic space for expression and the exchange of ideas. The artists transformed two floors of the old store into an interactive gallery of diverse views on possible futures. As the curators noted “even those who have long been pushed to the margins are the center of someone’s universe.” Saymoukda Douangphouxay Vongsay presented excerpts from her forthcoming play, Kung Fu Zombies vs. Shaman Warrior. Her play will explore trauma, healing, and mental health through the lens of speculative theater. She gave a surreal reading clad in all white, augmented by an evocative animation created by New York-based artist Matty Huynh. Following …