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EVENT: The SEAD Project and Northside Orgs Hosts Southeast Asian Voices Roundtable

Are you Southeast Asian and live in North Minneapolis? Want to have a say about issues that impact you the most? Join us for a discussion and share a meal as our umbrella organization The SEAD Project co-hosts a roundtable discussion for Southeast Asian residents this Thursday, October 27th from 5:30PM-8:00PM at UROC University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center. Event details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1787583184856731/

President Obama’s Remarks in Vientiane: Acknowledging the People and its Past

(Artwork by Chantala Kommanivanh) I woke up this morning and caught my father listening to President Obama’s speech for the first time.  As a 27-year-old senior lieutenant of the Royal Lao Army who was trained at Fort Knox in the early 1970s, the scars of that era was traumatic as it was deeply lonely for my family. President Obama’s historic visit to Laos and his remarks in Vientiane is powerfully meaningful to the hundreds of thousands of Laotian diaspora who fled to seek new havens to call home. I’m echoing what many across the world are feeling this week: it’s a good time to be Laotian American. The momentum of President Obama’s visit to Laos is undeniable. In the over 60 years that the United States has established diplomatic relations with Laos, this is the first time a president is realizing the potential in Laos, as part of a crucial pivot and ‘rebalance’, as they put it, of the Asia Pacific region. While the U.S. is in Vientiane for the ASEAN Summit and other high-level meetings, President Obama continues to …